What a nice day trip to Taormina. When Keith and I eventually take our honeymoon (11+ years late) Taormina is a spot that could find it's way back on our radar. The beach was just spectacular. The resorts looked gorgeous. The town itself is high above the beautiful beaches - one hair pin turn after another or a lovely little tram ride up from the beach.
The cobblestone streets are chock full of churches, adorable little stores, side alleys with hotels, restaurants, gelato shops, the ceramics of Caltagirone (love this stuff!!!). Yes, it had a typical July crowd, but it was still an enjoyable day full of great views, delicious espresso and even better gelato!
The day concluded with a trip up to Castelmola. It turns out that Taormina is only half way up the cliff overlooking the water. To get to Castelmola you just keep climbing. Then you park your car and you keep climbing some more on foot. You are rewarded for this climb with outstanding views of the coastline and a perfect view of Mt. Etna's erupting. Yes, the big red plumes of lava are really easy to see at night! Just crazy!