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Taormina, Italy

”It’s a painting, this village, but a painting in which you will find everything which seems to be made on this earth, to seduce the eyes, the spirit and the imagination. It’s a terrace suspended in the blue, this village, embraced from the ridges of Mount Tauro.” – Guy de Maupassant, 1885, Towards the Golden Skies.

Maupassant was right. If you have just one day in Sicily, go to Taormina! Even in Italy, one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, you’d be hard pressed to find a place as postcard-perfect as this one.

With the spectacular, and still active, Mt. Etna as its backdrop, this ancient hilltop town on the Ionian Coast still entices visitors like it did once with Goethe, Nietzsche, Wagner, or Oscar Wilde. And rightfully so, it’s a gorgeous mix of culture, beaches, and staggering natural beauty, with colorful boutique-lined streets and magical vistas at each turn, but also with a glorious artistic past, memories of intriguing secret societies, and storied palazzi breathing art and history through every brick and stone of their grand facades.