Every time I'm in Sicily, I visit Taormina, I just love it. So I've basically been there like a dozen times, but still, I'm so in total admiration when I walk on its streets, surrounded by old-style shops, bars, street artists and, well, a lot of tourists, of course. Taormina's old and tiny streets always fascinate me... it just looks like a place outside the modern world because there are no cars running through the town, no big buildings... It seems that it has never been touched since it was born, so it keeps this air of old charming little town, on the top of a hill, where just the shining electric signs of some bar or shop remind you that there actually is electricity and running water in the houses and all.
A view of Messina from Taormina.
The sun rising behind the volcano Etna, from Taormina.
This photo shows the works they're doing where my relatives live (their house is more on the right). Up this staircase, last year, there was a garden with vegetables, flowers, trees and all. Now there's this huge creepy "hole", foundations of a new building that will be built up right in front of that little house, that now looks like is about to fall into the hole. This is really sad. We used to enjoy a wonderful panorama from my relatives' house, but in a few years we'll just see buildings istead of the sea and Messina's strait. Just sad.
This is the panorama from Dinnamare, the highest point where you can see both sides of Sicily.
On one side (Ionio Sea) you have a whole view of Messina and the strait; on the other side (Tirreno Sea) you can see Capo Milazzo and the small islands Vulcano, Lipari, Salina.
In Dinnamare there's nothing but a sanctuary. And the panorama you can enjoy. ;)
Sunrise on Capo Milazzo.
The beach we used to go everyday. The land you can see on the background is the other part of Italy (since Sicily is an island...).