The history of
Giardini Naxos in the province of Messina just 3 km from the beautiful Taormina is the first Greek colony of Sicily, founded around 734 B.C. from the Calcidesi d'Eubea to which they joined, as it now seems certain, the Nassi from the great Aegean island.
The city thrives in the Archaic period and therefore, in the first decades of the 5th century BC, it comes from Ierone gilded and rebuilt according to a strictly regular plan. In 403 BC It is destroyed by Dionysus I of Syracuse who lands the walls, enslaves the population and delivers the territory of the city to neighboring Sicilian populations, meaning to punish it for having sided with the Athenians in the conflict against Syracuse.
After this event Naxos no longer returned to the rank and role of the city, while remaining its active port for all of antiquity.
Urban life moves to Taormina, which was founded in 358 BC. from Andromaco, father of the historian Timaeus, who welcomes the exiles of Naxos.
The story of the city ends therefore in the space of just over three centuries. This circumstance, which is confirmed by archaeological evidence, makes Naxos a privileged observatory for the study of the most ancient urban planning of the Greek cities of the West.
Archeological Park of Naxos and Taormina
To learn about the history and nature of the area surrounding the beautiful bay of Naxos Taormina, which has always been a symbol of Sicily, visit the Archeological Park of Naxos and Taormina.
It is a network park that includes an extraordinary cultural and scenic heritage and protects the most beautiful and precious places of the district: in Giardini Naxos, immersed in lush vegetation the archaeological excavation area (here very frequent and rich in discoveries) of the ancient city of Naxos
Near Giardini Naxos
Taormina is a hilly city on the eastern coast of Sicily. It is located near Mount Etna, an active volcano with paths that reach the summit.
The city is known for the Ancient Theater of Taormina, an ancient Greek-Roman theater still in operation today.
Near the theater, the cliffs that descend to the sea form coves with sandy beaches. A narrow strip of sand connects to the tiny Isola Bella, which is a nature reserve.
The Ancient Theater of Taormina
The Ancient theater of Taormina is the second oldest theater in size in Sicily after the Greek Theater of Syracuse.
Isola Bella is an island of Italy located in the Ionian Sea, in Sicily.
Administratively it belongs to Taormina, an Italian municipality in the province of Messina.
The Castle of Calatabiano
The Castle of Calatabiano is a very important monumental archaeological site as it has preserved for centuries the historical and cultural memory of EasternSicily and the Mediterranean. On a hill at 220 meters above sea level is this ancient Byzantine fortress and then the Arab-Norman cost 2300 years of history, reachable through a panoramic lift or a fascinating Naturalistic-Monumental route.
From the Castle of Calatabiano, which overlooks the homonymous city, it dominates the Alcantara estuary and a unique panorama with a breathtaking view of Taormina from one side and Mount Etna on the other.
Etna is a Sicilian volcanic complex originating in the Quaternary and is the highest active terrestrial volcano of the Eurasian Plaque. Its frequent eruptions throughout history have changed, some times even profoundly, the surrounding landscape, repeatedly coming to threaten the populations that have settled around it over the millennia.
On June 21, 2013 the XXXVII session of the UNESCO Committee, has included Mount Etna in the list of goods constituting the World Heritage.
Etna is an un interrupted destination for visits by tourists interested in the volcano and its manifestations as it is one of the few active volcanoes in the world to be easily accessible. In fact, there are also specialized guides and off-road vehicles that safely take visitors to the summit craters.
Possibility of excursions
The Alcantara Gorges
The Alcantara Gorges, also called Gole di Larderia, are located in the Alcantara Valley in Sicily, where the Peloritani mountain range ends between the towns of Castiglione di Sicilia and Motta Camastra.
These are throats up to 25 meters high and wide in the narrowest 2 meters and in the widest 4-5 meters. the natural canyon, unlike what is commonly thought, has not been excavated over thousands of years by water
The peculiarity of this throat consists in the structure of the walls, created by basaltic lava flows (low in silicon but rich in iron, magnesium and calcium). The lava then cooled very quickly creating pentagonal and hexagonal prismatic shapes, which recall the molecular structure of the materials that make it up.
Possibility of excursions
The Circumetnea railway
The Circumetnea railway is a narrow-gauge railway that connects Catania with Riposto, completing the circumnavigation of Etna and passing through several Etnean foothills centers.
Excursion in Rubber Boat, Diving & Snorkeling
Sea Spirit is a PADI 5 Stars IDC Dive Resort in Giardini-Naxos, Sicily, Italy. Discover the dives in Sicily, in Taormina, in the beautiful scenery of the Isola Bella Marine Park, you will see the flora and fauna that the underwater world of the Ionian Sea has to offer. Try to immerse yourself, become a certified diver, improve your skills, or start a career as a PADI professional with Sea Spirit Diving Resort.
The dinghy leaves from the main port of Giardini Naxos (a few minutes from Taormina), just 10/15 minutes from each dive point.
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