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Our first couple days in Sicily were based out of Giardini Naxos located along the coast between Catania and Messina. It was from here that we made our day trips to Mount Etna and Taormina. We enjoyed beautiful sunrises and stunning views of Mount Etna from the town.
Giardini Naxos was founded in 734 BC (yes, BC) by Theocles of Naxos and was the first Greek colony on Sicily. It was destroyed in 403 BC by Dionysius of Syracuse who was afraid of revolt. But the location of the town was a draw in the Middle Ages for fishermen, which still are out in their boats each morning. Giardini Naxos would later become a fashionable resort (in the 1900s), paired with its high dwelling neighbor, Taormina.
Today, visitors can relax on the beach and enjoy the views. We were there at the end of November and it was very peaceful – although our hotel assured us that the summers are rather crowded. I think I like November the best!
One of my favorite things about Giardini Naxos was the view of Mount Etna. Mornings were the best time for us to see the... more travel advice
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