Taormina and Isola Bella
Taormina and Isola Bella is part of the Tentative list of Italy in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
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- ●● Tentative
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Taormina seems to be a tourist hotspot. It’s easily reached over the highway from Catania or Messina. The town itself is very pleasant for a stroll and offers loads of restaurants and shops.
The Greco-Roman theatre is clearly the highlight of Taormina. Spectacular is rather the location in the hills, overlooking Sea and Mount Etna, than the structure itself. Clearly there are more impressive theatres around (e.g Orange or Merida). The other remains within the city are rather small.
I also visited Isola Bella. It’s a tiny island a few meters off the coast. You reach it by removing your shoes and walking a few steps through the sea. There is an entrance fee (4 EUR) but really not much to see despite the view. I did not understand the OUV of this island.
Taormina is a beautiful destination for a quick weekend break. Great food too. Yet I don't think it merits a WHS status.