USEFUL INFORMATION

Who comes from the peninsula by car, can reach Taormina taking the motorway from Messina to Catania (the way out in Taormina).
Taormina can be also reach by train (railway station Villagonia about 8 kilometers from the city centre) and by plane (airport Fontanarossa in Catania about 50 kilometers).
From the airport in Catania, Taormina can be reached in one hour by taxi (Radio Taxi tel. 095 330966; night service 095 386794) by bus (through motorway Sais-Interbus or Etna Trasporti tel. 095 532716, each hour from 8.30 a.m. till 8.30 p.m.) in mini-bus (from the airport to the railway station in Catania centre each twenty minutes, from 5.00 a.m. till 12.00.p.m.) and from the city centre of Catania to Taormina by bus or by train.
From the railway station Villagonia Taormina can be reached by taxi (tel. 0942 51150 or 0942 23000) by bus ( tel. 0942 625301 each half an hour from 7.00 a.m. till 9.00 p.m.).
As soon as you arrive in Taormina, you will feel the magical, mythical atmosphere spread all around which has enchanted visitors from all over the world for years and years. Settled on a hill of the Monte Tauro, Taormina dominates two grand, sweeping bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, the european highest active volcano, often capped with snow, offering to the visitors a breathtaking, dramatic and memorable view over almost one hundred miles of Mediterranean sea.Taormina really seems to be born as a touristic resort since past times, when ancient people like the Sicels, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards chose it as their residential site thank to its favourable position, mild climate and magic atmosphere. Nowadays visitors can still find fine examples of Taormina's golden times : the splendid Greek Thetre, the Roman "Naumachiae", the 13th century Cathedral of Saint Nicolò, the 14th century Palazzo Corvaja, the 16th century Palace of the Dukes of Saint.Stefano, the public gardens, the "Badia Vecchia" (Ancient Abbey) and many others.

For further information you can contact Milena Privitera (press office secretary, tel. +39 942 21142,
e-mail: m.privitera@taoarte.it).