Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina

Square of 9 April is the heart of Taormina, located approximately in the middle of the main street Corso Umberto (map). There are several historical buildings: the Clock tower, the Church of San Giuseppe.

Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina

And the former Church of St. Augustine, which is now occupied by the city library.

Taormina. St. Augustine's Church

The square is full of tourists at any time.

Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina

There are several cafes and souvenir stalls, street musicians perform.

Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina

From the two-hundred-meter height of the belvedere square of 9 April, you can enjoy spectacular views

Taormina. View from the observation deck of 9 April square

If you look to the left, you will see terraces descending to the sea with hotels and villas overhanging the steep slopes.

Taormina. View from the observation deck of 9 April square

And steep winding streets, almost hidden by the trees.

Taormina. View from the observation deck of 9 April square

In the distance, you can see the Cape of Capo Taormina, where the four-star Atahotel Capotaormina 4* hotel.

Capo Taormina. Atahotel Capotaormina 4*

Let's look down and see a gorge with rocky slopes.

Taormina. View from the observation deck of 9 April square

And at the bottom, the Taormina-Giardini railway station.

Taormina-Giardini railway station

At the very edge of the cliff - a hedge of prickly cactuses.

Taormina. Cactuses

Apparently, in order that no one had the desire to climb over the parapet.

Taormina. View from the observation deck of 9 April square

Turning in the opposite direction, look up at the walls of the Tauro fortress that dominates the city.

Taormina. Monte Tauro fortress

To the right and below the fortress, a large cross on a rock ledge is clearly visible, and behind it hides the Madonna della Roca church known as "The church in the rock".

Taormina. Cross and Madonna della Roca church