Sicily

Day 5 - Along Corso Umberto, Taormina


Corso Umberto is the main street through the centre of the old town with shops, the Cathedral and old palaces


Corso Umberto is the main street that runs through the centre of the old town, linking Porta Catania at the north end with Porta Messina at the south end. These are the remains of the old gateways through the walls that once surrounded the old town. It is the main shopping street and always busy.

Porta Catania, Taormina

Porta Messina, Taormina

Half way along, past the Cathedral is Piazza 9 Aprile, entered under the C12th clock tower gateway. This is a pleasant open space surrounded by upmarket cafes which spill out over the square, and views down to the Ionian Sea. 

Taormina, Sicily          Taormina, Sicily

The C17th church of San Guiseppe dominates one side of the square, but is currently closed following the collapse of part of ceiling in 2015.

Church of San Guiseppe, Taormina

The Small C15th church of San Agostina is now the public library.

Church of San Agostina, Taormina

Corso Umberto is lined with buildings from the Arabic to the Norman and from the Gothic to the Baroque.

Taormina, Sicily

Palazzo Corvaja dates from the C10th and still reflects its Arabic influence. It was the site of the Sicilian Parliament in the early C15th and now houses Tourist Information.

Palazzo Corvaja , Taormina      Palazzo Corvaja , Taormina

The Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stephano was built on the line of the medieval wall next to Porta Catania in the C13th and again is a mix of Arabic and Norman architecture. Concerts are held in the Great Hall and there are two rooms displaying works by C20th sculptor,  Giuseppe Mazzullo.

Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stephano, Taormina

Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stephano, Taormina

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