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Honeymoon Sicily | Taormina | Piazza Duomo

The compact and perfectly picturesque Piazza Duomo complete with its own bar and fountain is the ideal spot to relax whilst on holiday wanderings.

The Duomo - the Cathedral - on the piazza is built on a place of worship dating from the Thirteenth Century and was dedicated to St Nicholas. However the church was completely reconstructed in the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Centuries and restored in the Seventeen Hundreds

The portal contains elements of every refurbishment it has undergone which is yet another illustration of the way history has been blended and documented in architecture over the centuries. Furthermore, the interior of the church, with its three naves, bears testimony to both the Renaissance and Baroque eras

A flight of steps leads to the Palazzo Ciampoli. Though bombed during the second world war and almost completely destroyed it did not loose its characteristic late medieval facade and certain Spanish Catalan elements of its structure

The baroque stone fountain at the centre of the piazza is crowned with a mythical figure half bull half woman: the symbol of Taormina. The Fountain of the Minotaur, built in 1635, topped by a heraldic minotaur stands proudly in the Piazza Duomo square in Taormina

Antonio Alberti work of art called il Barbalonga (17th century) highlights Madonna and Carmelite saints in the Santa Caterina d'Alessandria church in Taormina

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