With the most recent eruption of Mt. Etna, I thought I would show some pictures of my favorite place in the world, the beautiful and relaxing cliff-side town of Taormina. Both times I've stayed there, I had a view of Mt. Etna from the hotel and I can't imagine what that view must look like during an eruption.
The cable car, or funivia, from Mazzaro back up to Taormina
Isola Bella from the beach
Isola Bella, the island formerly owned by Lady Florence Trevelyan and now a nature reserve owned by the Region of Sicily
Our "capitan" Ciccio, who took us around Giardini Naxos and Taormina for a tour of the grottoes, and gave us almond wine and melon for lunch.
I actually took this picture in 2006 during my first visit to Taormina
One of the most beautiful piazzas I've seen, Piazza IX Aprile
Beautiful Mt. Etna from hotel balcony this past summer, 2011