Riposto It is a coastal town located 30 kilometers from Catania, 30 kilometers from Taormina and a stone's throw from the Etna volcano. This is where we set the basis for our last stage of the trip. Do not think that this strategic enclave is decided by us, but rather it was given to us as being the best, beautiful and cheap thing we found in the area two days in advance. In fact, our main idea was to spend two days in Taormina, but everything was very expensive. In the end, we did well not to spend any night there, because it is forbidden to park throughout the city and, therefore, leaving the car near the hotel would have been an ordeal. The truth is that we were very little informed about Taormina. The little I knew is that there was a Greco-Roman theater with one of those superlative landscapes that force you to visit it.
Even so, at that point in the trip, I was already passing athletically from the ruins, no matter how superlative they were. My partner will remind me forever to have missed a jewel like this, but at that time, I preferred to enjoy the little things, and if they were free, the better. The second thing I thought was that it was a coastal city in the style of Positano. I guess the idea came from the beautiful picture of a beach with which our guide illustrated Taormina. Well, the beach belongs to Taormina, but the town center is quite remote and perched on a mountain. In fact, you have to go by car, or use the funicular.
I still don't believe they didn't put us a fine when parking in Taormina. Do not think that although it is forbidden to park in the whole town it is easy to find a place, and when you do it you are praying so that no police pass through there, so the best thing, and especially in summer, is to leave the car in the funicular parking and go up to the village with this
Taormina is the city where the Italian jet-set spends summer vacations, that is why it is full of category hotels, designer stores and deli, rivaling the amalfi coast in the months of July and August. Everything in Taormina is quite expensive, and just when we thought we would have to pawn a kidney for lunch, we found the osteria cafe les artists It served dishes for € 6-9. That in Italy does not mean anything, since, apart from the dish, they usually charge you for the cutlery, the bread, the service and the air you breathe, and in the end you end up paying triple the expected. Even so, we decided to enter because in the adjoining restaurants the dishes were worth € 12 to € 15.