Taormina tour inside the city

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From any road you arrive in Taormina to start the tour around the city, the parking lot where you should stop is Porta Catania. At the exit of it you will take a flight of stairs and you will find yourself in Piazza S. Antonio where Porta Catania (5) is located, which was one of the medieval accesses to the city.

From here begins Corso Umberto, the main pedestrian street of the ancient and modern city, along which you will find the most important tourist attractions to visit. Beyond the large arch, on the right you will find the Palazzo Duchi di S. Stefano (4) of Arab-Norman origin but with a Gothic finish. The palace is located in the old Jewish quarter.

Continuing along the Corso: on the right the Piazza del Duomo with the Four fountains and the Cathedral (10) of medieval origin dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari. Going forward on the left, before the Clock Tower, the staircase that leads to the Church of Varò (12) whose façade seems austere but the interior is full of laces that make the atmosphere baroque.

Going down towards the Corso you will come across the Clock Tower again, which was the second gateway to the medieval city, after which you will find yourself in Piazza IX Aprile which offers a unique panorama. Around the square you will see the church of S. Giuseppe (15) and the municipal library (16).
Continuing the tour through the ancient city of Taormina, you will have to visit the Naumachie an imposing building that represented an ancient monumental fountain of Roman origin (19) which is located along a staircase that crosses Corso Umberto. Almost at the end of Corso Umberto there is the Church of Santa Caterina (21), in Baroque style it was built on the ruins of the Odeon (21), an ancient Roman theater that you can see behind it. In front of the Church of S. Caterina there is the Greek Theater ascent (30) which will lead you to the second largest theater of Greek origin in Sicily and the only one to have a panorama that includes Etna and the bay of Giardini-Naxos .
On the side the Chiesa S. Caterina is Palazzo Corvaja (25) original wall structure Arab. Leaving Porta Messina (24), another gateway to the city, there is the S. Pancrazio descent which leads to the church of the same name (29) dating back to the 18th century in Baroque style. Next to the church there are some ruins of Roman origin. A dedicated visit should be made to the public garden that represented the park of Lady Florence Trevelyan’s home where the vegetation is dominant and from which you can enjoy a unique view.