Walking the World: Taormina Center to the Castle on the Hill

by Gigi Griffis

I love walking—a fact that’ll come as no surprise to anyone who reads this blog regularly. Wherever I am in the world, you’ll find me in search of the next great walk, be it Rome’s Via Appia, Gozo’s coastal path, or Northern Arizona’s slot canyons.

Which is why it’ll also come as no surprise that I spent a lot of our December vacation in Taormina, Sicily, walking every path I could find. Down the cliffs to the beaches and the island just off shore, up winding mountain roads to the market, down side streets to sprawling parks, and, most notably, up a series of staircases, sometimes half crumbling, to the half-ruined castle that overlooks Taormina from the top of the hill above us. This, friends, was my favorite walk here in Taormina, which is why today I’m sharing it with you:

up to the keep

staircase to the sky

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Keep closer

moody wall

castle gate

Luna castle interior


Luna and Gigi


View from the castle

Ocean views

The walk begins on a staircase off one of the town’s main roads, emerges first at a cluster of buildings a little below the castle, and continues with another staircase just a short way down the road. Don’t be disappointed by the locked gates…two bars have been strategically removed to let you through.

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All photos taken with my Sony a6000.

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Penny January 19, 2017 - 8:03 am

Wow! Those ruins remind us of the ones in Staufen, Germany in the Black Forest which were totally accessible day and night above the vineyards. Taormina looks like a great place to explore!

gigigriffis January 19, 2017 - 1:23 pm

It was definitely a fun place to go walking!


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