If you want to hang out like a Greek God, go to Taormina. The view is just amazing.

I think I said “wow” over a thousand times in the span of about 5 hours. No joke. Taormina is serious business.

As I said in a previous post about Sicily, we did our research this time around!

My sister went to Taormina a year ago and loved it. I especially enjoyed her amazing pictures!

So naturally, we decided to go for a day trip to Taormina!

First, you need to know that Taormina is on top of a hill. A fairly steep hill, so make sure you pack your walking shoes or make sure you know how to get up there by public transportation if you ever decide to visit this beautiful city!

We opted for the hike. We took what seemed to be the shortest road to the top. It was not a road but a beaten path going up the hill. I don’t think a lot of outsiders know about this path and I am really glad we took it! We had an amazing view as we got higher and higher, plus we got one hell of a workout! By the time we got to the city, I was in my tank top and Karl in a t-shirt, sweating like crazy while everyone else was wearing jeans and coats.  We got some weird stares but it was well worth it!

Here are a few pictures of our hike up!

This is the view from on top of the hill!

After burning a good amount of calories, we had to replenish on some goodies!  Taormina has a small restaurant called Da Cristina, which makes the “best” Arancini. If you don’t know what an Arancini is, it’s a fried ball of rice, stuffed with delicious things like cheeses, veggies, ragu sauce, pesto, you name it!

Da Cristina’s Arancinis were amazing! I think the ingredients are one of the reasons but the freshness really is the key factor. They made our Arancinis on the spot. Karl had two. I wanted 5 but my hips said that 1 was well enough. Sassy hips, always with the voice of reason!

We took a few pictures of our delicious Arancinis.

See the hot and gooey mess inside? Delicious!

We also had a gelato in a small shop where the owner makes it herself! (we’re in Italy, we have to take advantage of the gelato!!)

After eating about 4 times the amount of calories we had just burnt, we walked around in the city.

Amazing view right?

But my favourite find of all was this little garden-like backyard, behind a library/school of languages. We found it by pure luck, just walking around. We stayed there to enjoy the sun for a few hours. It was really serene and beautiful.

This is not the best picture ever but this was “the spot”!

Anyways! Taormina is a true gem!

Amazing day, amazing place!



April 22, 2013
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