Jazz AfternoonAfternoon in Jazz

April 26 and May 3 2014

Excelsior Palace Hotel, Via Toselli (next to Porta Catania)

The Taormina Jazz Festival organises Afternoon in Jazz.
During each event a famous Sicilian jazz player will exhibit.

On April 26 Seby Burgio will present his “Piano Solo”. More  information on the player at:

The entrance costs € 15,00 and includes a rich Happy Hour cocktail.



Trio Syrinx

April 23rd 2014

Church of Santa Caterina at 7.00pm – Free entrance

A trio band playing flute, oboe and bassoon.  Musics by Telemann, Mozart, Haydn and Grieg



Giovanni Paolo II

John Paul II, the Pope who changed history

Photo Exhibition

April 15 – May 18, Town Library (Piazza IX aprile) – Free entrance

From Tuesday to Sunday – 10.00am / 1.00pm – 3.30pm / 8.30pm


GPII_locandina_taormina modificata.jpgThe itinerant exhibition counts 22 images most of them taken by the Studio fotografico Felici di Roma, the photographic agency that since 1846 takes care of the images of the Popes.

This exhibition is thought as an “emotional show” of one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, an extraordinary protagonist of the life and the history of the Roman Church who, also, significantly improved the Catholic Church’s relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion.

You will also find two sacred relics: the blood of the pope (dating back to the aggression that took place in Vatican City in 1980) and his own rosary beads. During the Holy Week (April 17-22) the two relics will be displayed in the Cathedral of Taormina.

John Paul II will be canonised (will become SAINT) on 27 April 2014, alongside Pope John XXIII. His feast day will be not celebrated on the date of his death as is usual, but on 22 October, the anniversary of his papal inauguration in 1978.


Short Biography

Pope John Paul II – in Latin Ioannes Paulus II – born Karol Józef Wojtyła (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), was Pope from 16 October 1978 to his death in 2005. He was the second longest-serving pope in history and the first non-Italian since Pope Adrian VI, who died in 1523.
John Paul II was one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. He is recognised as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe. John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church’s relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. Controversially, he upheld the Church’s teachings against artificial contraception and the ordination of women, he supported the Church’s Second Vatican Council and its reform, and he held firm orthodox Catholic stances. He is known for his implementation of several papal documents pertaining to the role of the Church in the modern world.
He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 people and canonized 483 saints, more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the preceding five centuries. By the time of his death, he had named most of the College of Cardinals, consecrated or co-consecrated a large number of the world’s bishops, and ordained many priests. A key goal of his papacy was to transform and reposition the Catholic Church. His wish was “to place his Church at the heart of a new religious alliance that would bring together Jews, Muslims and Christians in a great [religious] armada”.

John Paul II’s cause for canonisation commenced in 2005 shortly after his death with the traditional five year waiting period waived. On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed Venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified on 1 May 2011 after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed one miracle to him, the healing of a French nun from Parkinson’s disease. A second miracle, attributed to the late pope, was approved on 2 July 2013 and confirmed by Pope Francis two days later.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_Paul_II





Taormina Carnival

Taormina and its hamlets, February 27th – March 4th 2014

Eventually released the program of the Taormina Carnival.
More info at the Tourism Town Office: 0039 0942 628322
Due to a sudden rain on Feb. 27, some events have been postponed (source: www.comune.taormina.me.it):
   Lunedì 3 marzo 2014 – Piazza IX Aprile: ore 18.30 circa >> Musical “The Lion King ”  (Scuola di danza M.Fontayn).
   Martedì 4 marzo 2014 – Piazza IX Aprile: ore 21.00 circa >> Balli di Gruppo (Attenti a quei due)

Click on the images to enlarge (unfortunately only in Italian)

 Carnevale 1












Carnevale 2

“TOWN OF TAORMINA” Award – 6th edition

January 6th 2014

Hotel Villa Diodoro, 6.00pm

















  New Year’s Concert

San Domenico Palace Hotel

January 1st 2014, 6.00 pm – Free entrance


   This year the traditional concert will be held in one of the historical and most luxurious hotels of Taormina – the San Domenico Palace Hotel.

    Musics by Bizet, Piovani, Piazzola, Lehar, Kuwahara, Rota, Kreidler.



Christmas Living Crib


Taormina Trappitello, December 21st 2013 – January 12h 2014 – 10th edition

During Christmas time in Italy, you are bound to come across cribs in homes and piazzas all over the country. Many cities also have a living crib, or a living nativity scene. It is thought that St. Francis hosted the first living nativity scene in 1223, sparking a tradition that continues in Italy to this day. Beginning on Christmas day, and running until January 6th, towns throughout Italy hold pageants to re-act the night of Jesus’ birth. Actors portray Mary, Joseph, the three Magi and other biblical figures from the gospel.

In Trappitello, hamlet of the town of Taormina, every year in Chrismas time, a Living Crib with about 150 actors and “walk-ons” is organised. It is one of the most appreciated living cribs of Sicily and in fact last year 23.000 people visited the event.

The Show lasts several days, from Christmas to half January. The location set is the huge garden of the old small church of Santa Venera.

How to get there: 500 metres from the motorway exit – Motorway Messina/Catania (A18), Exit Giardini Naxos, direction Trappitello – Francavilla di Sicilia

Opening hours (even in case of rain)
December 21  – Opening at 5.00pm
December 26 5.00pm/9.30pm
December 28 – 5.00pm/9.30pm
December 29 – 6.00pm / 9.30pm
January 1 – 6.00pm / 9.30pm
January 4 – 7.00pm / 9.30pm
January 5 – 6.00pm / 9.30pm
January 6 – 5.00pm / 9.30pm – Arrive of the Three Wise Men
January 12 – 5.00pm / 9.00pm

CONTACTS Tel. +39 0942/50210 Tel. +39 349/4289961 – 339/8320324 (mobiles)


Mail: presepetrappitello@gmail.com




1983 – 2013 = Thirty years of Taormina Arte and Taormina Film Fest

Town Library (piazza IX Aprile)

Open every day but Monday, 10.30am – 12.30 and 3.30 – 7.30pm. Free entrance

The exhibition celebrates 30 years of history of Taormina Arte that since 1983 organises cultural events especially theatrical, musical and dancing events. The Taormina Film Fest, hold every year in June, is the oldest and more important event.

The exhibition gathers some of the most significant poster ever published.

Giuseppe Mannino art exhibition on San Francesco di Paola

Previous church of San Francesco di Paola

December 21st 2013 – January t 2014

An orange tribute to Saint Francis of Paola who was born in South Italy (town of Paola, in the region of Calabria).

From Wikipedia

Saint Francis of Paola, O.M. (or: Francesco di Paola or Saint Francis the Fire Handler; March 27, 1416 – April 2, 1507) was an Italian mendicant friar and the founder of the Roman Catholic Order of Minims. Unlike the majority of founders of men’s religious orders, and like his patron saint, Francis was never ordained a priest.
The two major movements in this order were humility and non-violence. The word “Minim” refers to living as the smallest or least, or embracing radical humility and simplicity. The call to non-violence was expressed through veganism, or not doing harm to any creature.

He followed a vegan diet, not only free from animal flesh, but also from all animal-derived foods, such as eggs and dairy products. One of the vows of the order he founded was the abstinence from meat, fish, eggs, butter, cheese and milk.

According to a famous story, in the year 1464, he was refused passage by a boatman while trying to cross the Strait of Messina to Sicily. He reportedly laid his cloak on the water, tied one end to his staff as a sail, and sailed across the strait with his companions following in the boat.
After his nephew died, the boy’s mother–the saint’s own sister–appealed to Francis for comfort, and filled his apartment with lamentations. After the Mass and divine office had been said for the repose of his soul, St. Francis ordered the corpse to be carried from the church into his cell, where he continued praying until, to her great astonishment, the boy’s life was restored and Francis presented him to his mother in perfect health. The young man entered his order and is the celebrated Nicholas Alesso who afterwards followed his uncle into France, and was famous for sanctity and many great actions.
There are several stories about his compassion for animals, and how he gave back life to animals that were killed to be eaten. For example, a biographer writes: “Francis had a favorite trout that he called ‘Antonella.’ One day, one of the priests, who provided religious services, saw the trout swimming about in his pool. To him it was just a delicious dish, so he caught it and took it home, tossing it into the frying pan. Francis missed ‘Antonella’ and realized what had happened. He asked one of his followers to go to the priest to get it back. The priest, annoyed by this great concern for a mere fish, threw the cooked trout on the ground, shattering it into several pieces. The hermit sent by Francis gathered up the broken pieces in his hands and brought them back to Francis. Francis placed the pieces back in the pool and, looking up to Heaven and praying, said: ‘Antonella, in the name of Charity, return to life.’ The trout immediately became whole and swam joyously around his pool as if nothing had happened. The friars and the workers who witnessed this miracle were deeply impressed at the saint’s amazing powers.”
St. Francis also raised his pet lamb, Martinello, from the dead after it had been eaten by workmen. “Being in need of food, the workmen caught and slaughtered Francis’ pet lamb, Martinello, roasting it in their lime kiln. They were eating when the Saint approached them, looking for his lamb. They told him they had eaten it, having no other food. He asked what they had done with the fleece and the bones. They told him they had thrown them into the furnace. Francis walked over to the furnace, looked into the fire and called ‘Martinello, come out!’ The lamb jumped out, completely untouched, bleating happily on seeing his master.”
St. Francis Paola called the animals by their names even after their lives had ended. He apparently believed they continued to exist after their deaths.

Vincent Pirruccio

Street exhibition “Geometrie nello spazio” – “Structures in Space”

Streets and squares of Taormina

From September 1 to October 31st 2013 (initially..)



The presentation of the catalogue will be held at the “Fondazione Mazzullo”, c/o Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, Vico Spuches on Sunday, 29 September at 5.30pm.


The exhibition “Structures in Space” by Vincent Pirruccio, curated by the art critic Ornella Fazzina and set up by Paolo Greco, aims to transform spaces of Taormina’s historic centre through the medium of artistic intervention, in this case with installations of medium dimensions that, modifying the perception of space, give a new urban view.
The main objective of these works is that of enhancing historic sites, conferring to each of them the possibility of an harmonious meeting between antique and contemporary, without continuity. These works have the capacity to blend art and space in a dimension that cancels out the notion of temporality and that, for the essential and geometric nature, relate to the landscape, with the architecture, with myth, in the transmission of universal values and meanings.

View the invite

We are pleased to invite you Sunday, 29 September 2013, at 5.30 pm, to the presentation of the exibition catalogue “STRUCTURES IN SPACE” by sculptor Vincent Pirruccio. The presentation will be held at the “Fondazione Mazzullo” conference hall in vico Spuches, Taormina. The volume explores the themes developed in the exhibition: a collection of sculptures representative of the recent work of the Sicilian artist. The catalogue contains, in addition to a rich iconography, the texts of the curator, the art critic Ornella Fazzina


More info


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