We arrived at Giardini Naxos mid afternoon and were very pleasantly surprised with our hotel The Saint Alphio Garden Hotel and Spa. The gardens were absolutely wonderful
Such a pleasure to relax and enjoy the surroundings
The following day we visited the medieval town of Taormina which sits high up on a mountainside balcony overlooking Mount Etna and the sea.
The narrow cobbled streets are lined with designer shops, restaurants and stalls selling the most colourful, fresh fruit, olives and pasta.
Taormina's greatest claim to fame is the Greek Theatre which is wonderfully preserved and has the most breathtaking views of the sea below
I had always wanted to visit this town as during the second World War it was here that the Allied troops had landed in July 1943 on their journey from Tunisia into Italy. My dad's unit was attached to the Eighth Army headed by Montgomery and I remember him talking about it. For my family history purpose I have been tracking down all the places that dad had been during the war years and this was the last one on the list. More about his history another time maybe.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed my journey through Sicily and will be posting again soon - providing I have no more hitches.
Bye for now x