Tuesday, November 29, 2011


It's good to have visitors.

Earlier this month hubby had some colleagues in town that got the red carpet treatment. We joined in on the fun over the weekend and made the trip to Taormina, an outing I'll never say no to. But before stopping in Taormina we decided to wind our way up even further to the tiny town perched above it, Castelmola. Up there our heads were literally in the clouds. But not for long. The sun began to break through so that by the time we were back down in the main piazza our bodies were warmed and our eyes astonished by the spectacular sea views that now greeted us. The little town is quiet and calm compared to Taormina. Of course we stopped in for a snack at its most (in)famous bar - Bar Turrisi -- a fascinating place for its decor and gravity defying balconies. Just look at the photos on the link and you'll understand what I'm talking about. And should you visit this place, be sure to stop in at bathroom!

Taormina is full of old world charm. The Greek Theatre is one of the best locations for viewing Etna. We did a lot of climbing and pretend excavating, chewing on wild fennel and just taking it all in. The rest of the time was all about strolling along in the most leisurely fashion. On our own we are usually much quicker about these things, so it was great to have our friends there with us to slow us down for lots of looking, admiring, and photographing all that beauty. And since Taormina is also loved for its shops, I have to mention my personal favorite, the funky ceramics of Don Corleone.


  1. Beautiful place, wow, on the list after visiting relatives - someday. I want to pretend excavate and visit the Don ;^)

    p.s. Your comment (on my blog) did not show up for some reason though I did get to read it through my email - just to let you know, a mystery! xo

  2. Can't wait to visit Castelmola--it's been on my list for quite a while, and now I have a real reason to go: gotta see that wild Bar Turrisi! Grazie mille. jann

  3. I love Taormina but have never been up to Castelmola - thanks for the reminder.

  4. Hello!! Long time, no see... This is Jill from Sicilian Simplicity, I wanted to write you a private message, but didn't see your email. I wanted to invite you to our Gospel Concert this Sunday in Aci Castello - Chiesa di San Mauro Abate. I know it's in your area, so if you are free, come out and enjoy some Gospel to get you in the mood for Christmas.

    Le Sette Muse in : Non solo Gospel.............
    Sunday, 11 December 2011.
    20:00 until 21:30

    Hope to see you there!

  5. Taormina is always fun, but the views from Castelmola are really astonishing. I always wondered why foreign tourists never seemed to find their way up there!


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