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The City The guide was updated:The feeling of being on such a high ground, the available panoramas and the fusion of nature and art at its best have made Taormina a sought-after travel destination.
A former Greek settlement, the city was then conquered by Romans and Byzantines and the splendour of that golden Era has lasted throughout the years. Here nature's beauty has been enhanced by human hands and culminated in the Greek Amphitheatre, which dominates the surrounding scenes.
The vibrant centre of the city is Piazza IX Aprile, adorned by the 17th century Sant Agostino and San Giuseppe´s churches; once you cross Porta di Mezzo (literally "middle door"), you will enter the ancient part of the city where the Clock Tower was erected over 300 years ago.
Corso Umberto I is the main road that runs through the whole city. With a myriad of shops and restaurants, it will also lead you from the city centre to Porta Catania and the magnificent Badia Vecchia.
Taormina is not only a captivating historical site: its coastal line, marine grottoes and faraglioni (rock formations) have enchanted numerous generations and they are only a cable way ride away from the city centre.