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Follow in the footsteps of history’s great romantics to discover an extraordinarily rich cultural and sensory experience in Taormina. Goethe, Maupassant, Oscar Wilde, Brahms, Otto Geleng, Tenessee Williams and Truman Capote are just a few of the writers, composers, poets and artists who have drawn creative inspiration from our town. Where D H Lawrence’s ‘Lady Chatterley’s lover’ is said to have been inspired by his wife’s dalliances with a Sicilian mule driver. It is here that Nobel prize winners have been created, where Greta Garbo famously sought peace and solitude from the Hollywood spotlight and as recently as 2015 it’s clear what inspired Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler to write ‘Lights of Taormina’.
Traditions and unique flavors, simple recipes that tell our story.
Our ancient Greek theatre has hosted Maria Callas, Elton John, Stefano Bollani, punk icon Patti Smith and many more of the world’s greatest performers from the worlds of Opera, Ballet, Classical, Jazz and Rock music. Whether it’s the vibrant colours, scents and mouthwatering taste of local products grown on the volcanic soils from Etna, the extraordinary backdrop of the Straits of Messina or the passion and warmth of the local residents the Taormina experience is bound to stay with you for a very long time just as it has in the creative outpouring from its most famous residents.