Winter in Taormina: A Photo Essay

by Gigi Griffis

As you may already know, we kicked off 2017 on vacation in Taormina, Sicily, a city known as the “pearl of Sicily” because it’s so freaking adorable. We spent a whole month in this little town poised above the cliffs, halfway up a hill, with a view of famed, intimidating, snow-capped Mount Etna.

Here’s what that month looked like.



Taormina side street art seller

Eating Sicilian specialties



Taormina staircase 2017






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All photos taken with my Sony a6000.

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Georgette January 12, 2017 - 3:16 am

Absolutely love these photos Gigi! I’ve only been to Taormina once with work but I found it to be such a beautiful gem. Plus you got to see the snow!

gigigriffis January 12, 2017 - 3:21 am

Thanks! And yes – it was kind of amazing to see it in the snow, even though we weren’t expecting that kind of cold.

Ali January 12, 2017 - 4:06 am

Gorgeous! Now I’m even more sad Andy and I didn’t make it there when we were in Sicily a few years ago! Siracusa was really pretty too, but man, I want to go back to Sicily and travel around for a month or two and see lots of different places.

gigigriffis January 12, 2017 - 4:41 am

Yes! It was really really pretty there. We were glad we chose it as a base.

Did you like Syracusa? The couple times we ventured outside Taormina, we found the other places we visited in Sicily pretty dirty/strewn with litter, so we got nervous about venturing farther out.

Michelle January 12, 2017 - 8:33 am

Beautiful photos! I have not been to Taormina yet, but it is definitely on the list.

gigigriffis January 12, 2017 - 9:13 am

Hope you get to experience it someday!

Holly Burton January 12, 2017 - 11:18 am

Hi Gigi! The first four are my favorite, really wonderful. Keep up the good work!

gigigriffis January 15, 2017 - 1:42 am

Thanks, love!

AME October 17, 2018 - 3:33 pm

This is amazing! My spouse and I are going to Sicily in winter and have little idea what to expect (except some cold I suppose). It’s so nice to see that the ocean is still in stunning blues and the fields (surprisingly) still green!


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