Weddings Taormina

Wedding in Taormina

Taormina is a popular destination in Sicily for tourism and for weddings. It is one of the most important international tourist centers of the Sicilian region, known for its natural landscape, sea beauties and its historical monuments, Taormina has been a major tourist destination since the nineteenth century in Europe.
During the twentieth century the city became a colony of expatriate artists, writers, and intellectuals; for example Albert Stopford, and D. H. Lawrence. Thirty years later, from April 1950 to September 1951, the same villa was the home of Truman Capote, who wrote about his stay in the wise Old Fountain. In addition Tennessee Williams, Jean Cocteaue Jean Marais have visited the place. Charles Webster Leadbeater; Jiddu Krishnamurti came to live here, calling Taormina an ideal place to develop her talents. Icelandic author and Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness worked here on Iceland’s first modern novel, Vefarinn mikli frá Kasmír. Taormina has inspired writers, poets and artists from all over the world.
It is situated on a hill 206 m above sea level, suspended between rocks and sea, on a terrace of Mount Tauro, in a setting of natural beauty, unique in variety and contrast, on the slopes of the mountains of Peloritani Ionian Riviera with Etna in the background.
Diodorus Siculus, in the 14th book of his Bibliotheca historica, attests that the Siculi lived in the fortress of Taormina, living of agriculture and cattle breeding, already before the landing of the Greeks in Chalkidiki bay (735 BC), where at the mouths of the Alcantara river, founded Naxos (now Giardini Naxos), the first Greek colony in Sicily.
According to the testimony of Diodorus Siculus, Taormina, wisely governed by Andromachus, progresses, shining in opulence and power.
Later we find Taormina under the dominion of the Syracuse tyrant Agatocles, who ordered the massacre of many illustrious men of the city and exiled Timeo himself, son of Andromachus.
Taormina remained under Syracuse until Rome, in 212 BC, did not declare the whole of Sicily a Roman province.
According to a widespread legend, with the advent of Christianity, St. Peter destines to Taormina the bishop Pancrazio, who already lent his work of conversion in the region, who builds the first church on the eastern slopes of the city dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul apostles, determining in fact by appointment, the seat of the first bishopric in Sicily.
Bishops “very gifted for the sanctity of their customs, zeal and doctrine”, writes Vito Amico, followed one another until the Arab age. Little is known about this period of time, which includes the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476, the invasion of the Goths, the presence of the Byzantines, the Arab conquest.
It is certain that Taormina occupies an important strategic position for the military estate of the surrounding territory, for 62 years is the last strip of land of the Eastern Roman Empire.
On Christmas night 906, Taormina was taken and completely razed to the ground by the Saracens.
In the following years there were various conflicts over the possession of the city by Muslims and Christians until they reached, for about a century, the cohabitation, under principles of tolerance between the two peoples. The Muslims embellished it, adorning it with beautiful gardens and fountains.
Then follow the events of Sicily, under the Normans, the Swabians and then under the Aragonese until the French, defeated by the Spaniards.
Later, with the transfer of the Bourbon Royal Palace to Palermo, King Ferdinand I of Sicily wanted to thank Taormina for his ancient loyalty to the Bourbons against the French. The King, on an official visit to the faithful Taormina, as a sign of recognition gave the mayor of the time, Pancrazio Cypriots, the Isola Bella.
Many European countries and famous writers and artists (Goethe, Maupassant, Houel and others) showed an interest in the amenity of the place and its archaeological beauty. From now on Taormina developed into a place of residence for elitist tourism, initially coming mainly from England such as Florence Trevelyan (1852-1907), daughter of Edward Spencer Trevelyan (1805-1854) and Catherine Ann Forster (1815-1877).
Miss Florence Trevelyan Trevelyan first helped the La Floresta family expand their first hotel in Taormina, the Hotel Timeo, free of charge, and later bought St. Stephen’s Rock, transforming it into an earthly paradise then called Isola Bella during a discussion between her and German baron and homosexual photographer Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856 – 1931). He bought 87 lots of land to build between 1897 and 1898 the Park he christened “Hallington siculo”.
King Edward VII arrived from England in 1906 and 1908, from Germany people such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who quoted Taormina in his Journey to Italy (Italienische Reise), the photographer Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden, the painter Otto Geleng, Friedrich Nietzsche, from 1882, who wrote here Thus spoke Zarathustra, Richard Wagner, Tsar Nicholas I, Kaiser William II of Germany with cousin Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Aleksandra Fëdorovna Romanva nephew of Queen Victoria as daughter of Alice of England with friends, Ignazio Florio and Franca Florio, “the star of Italy” as Kaiser called it and friend of Trevelyan, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, Edmondo De Amicis, the Grand Duke Paul of Russia, Prince Jusupov Feliks with Princess Irina, Archduke Mihail Pavlopic brother of Tsar Nicholas II and bankers, tycoons, aristocrats from around the world.
Soon Taormina became famous all over the world, both for its beautiful landscapes, for its landscapes, for its colors, for the paintings of Etna snowy and steaming that slopes down to the turquoise sea and that made the tour of the world, but also for his permissiveness, for his “transgression”, for his “learned cenacles”, for the “myth of Arcadia”, for his wild “sweet life”.
The Catania writer Massimo Simili describes a period in which not a day passed that something “crazy” did not happen in Taormina thanks to his whimsical and famous visitors. What was allowed to Taormina created scandal even in the “international” Capri where, for example, the German armor Krupp had tried, without success, to recreate the “Taormina cenacles” in which local amphibians and maids were at the center of the “scenes”.
Many hotels were built, all run by families from Taormina. The town of fishermen and peasants and wealthy bourgeoisie turned into a town of merchants, hoteliers, builders. During the Second World War it was the seat of the German Command of the Wehrmacht, for which on 9 July 1943, the day of the patron Saint Pancrazio bishop, Taormina suffered two devastating bombings of the allied planes that destroyed part of the southern area and even a wing of the famous Hotel San Domenico, in which a meeting of the German high command was underway.
As an international tourist town, many English spies had disguised themselves during Fascism and came out into the open as soon as the Allied troops entered. After the war Taormina expanded without altering its natural beauty, and until 1968 it was a purely winter tourist town for a rich and individual tourism, so that the best hotels opened in October and closed in June. It was frequented by famous writers such as Roger Peyrefitte, Truman Capote, André Gide, D. H. Lawrence, Salvatore Quasimodo, Tennessee Williams, the Russian Anna Achmatova[17], from nobles, like Juliana of Holland, from the kings of Sweden and Denmark, from the President of Finland Urho Kekkonen, from famous and famous people like Soraya, Ava Gardner, Romy Schneider, who made friends also with some fascinating playboys of the place, as well as Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Dino Grandi, Willy Brandt, Greta Garbo, who spent the winter months in hotels in Taormina spending the days, but above all the nights, in the typical nightclubs of the time and continuing, in this way, that sweet life begun with the Belle Epoque.
A meeting place for everyone was the “Mocambo” Concert Coffee by the whimsical play boy Robertino Fichera.
In 1968, the Belice earthquake brought a wave of fear for the repercussions it might have on tourism. Some tour operators hastily turned to mass tourism, opening commercial relationships with major European tour operators. That’s how Taormina changed her skin. Hotels “sold” their annual contract rooms to the big mass tourism tour operators, giving up the classic individual tourism, which until then had made the town rich and famous.
With mass tourism expanded into the adjacent green areas, new hotels and many new businesses were born.
It was the collapse for almost all the families of ancient hoteliers of Taormina who could not adapt to the new times and in a few years lost their hotels selling them to foreign companies that aimed more to budgets than to the quality of services.
It was also the end of the sweet life of Taormina, whose protagonists had been many extroverted characters of the Sicilian aristocracy and some fascinating local playboys that, among the sweetness of nature Taormina,
Taormina was, therefore, “depersonalized”, lost its “identity” as a city of artists and “mad” in which everyone could live as he could not in their city and Taormina risked dying because of its homologation with other holiday realities.
At the beginning of the third millennium, fortunately some entrepreneurs have started to create again luxury hotels, maisons de charme, which, opened all year round, have quickly made Taormina again an internationally renowned tourist city, elegant, with a good lounge (Corso Umberto I) where there are beautiful shops with the major world brands and where, thanks to the many prestigious cultural events, such as Taormina Arte, there is a tourist season that lasts throughout the year.
In 2017, the city hosted the international summit of the G7, bringing it back to international prominence thanks to the presence of heads of state in the narrow streets and in the Greek theater.
The Greek Theatre of Taormina is the main stage of the great events of the city.
Numerous are the events that every year, especially in the summer season, are based in Taormina.
Taormina Arte, the cultural institution that takes care of the organization of the music, theatre and dance festival, Taormina Film Fest, the Taormina Film Festival, during the Festival del Cinema, the Silver Ribbons are presented at the Teatro antico, awarded by film journalists, in mid-June, instead every year at the Greek Theatre, the prize-giving ceremony of the International Journalism Award Taormina Media Award W. Goethe takes place.

 


Wedding Location Taormina

If you are looking for a place of enchanted beauty, where tradition is combined with fashion style, you are in the right place. Taormina is one of the most glamorous destinations in Sicily, offering breathtaking views and romantic sunsets.
Luxurious hotels and ancient noble villas will be the backdrop to your unforgettable wedding.
Shape your desires: Get married in Sicily, nature, food, history and our culture will be a perfect and unforgettable setting.


Wedding Planner Taormina

Elegant atmospheres and well-kept spaces for your super refined wedding with a retro air. And after the celebrations an inevitable granita in the square and group photos at dawn at the belvedere.
The locations in Taormina are suitable for summer weddings but are also perfect for winter or autumn weddings. In short Taormina thanks to its climate and its eclecticism is a perfect place for weddings and celebrations in all seasons

 

 

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