|Johannes Wolfang Goethe
extends for the long hilly ridge of the Etna, for the beach to Catania, and farther as far
as Siracusa. The colossal smoking volcano closes the endless view, without rawness,
because the atmospheric vapours make it appear farther and fairer.
We went into raptures at the sight of Taormina. On our left, closing the horizon, Etna rose, that sky column, as Pindaro called it, which with its violet mass was silhouetted against the reddish sky because all crossed by the borning rays of the sun. In a second plan, two tawny montains which one could have said covered with a boundless skin of lion. After having appreciated a so great view, magnificent and bright, -so that Jadin, impressed, didn't want to make either a sketch, -we turned the bow towards the east.
Guy de Maupassant
If somebody might pass one day only in Sicily and asked:
"What should I visit?" I would answer without hesitate: "Taormina".
Here we feel as if we lived for a thousands of years.
Edmondo De Amicis
What you see is a view that Naples, Constantinople and Rio de Janeiro haven't so great. Down, you see the little smiling town, which extends as an arc among almond and orange trees, cactuses, pines; on the back of the town, an half-circle of mountains which rush at sky its rocky vertexes crowned with castles and villages; further on there is the huge Etna, with its white head coloured with pink, overhanging the Jonio Sea, and it seems that it advances to dip there its flank; on the right and on the left you see almost the whole eastern coast of Sicily...and this huge view of breasts, promontories, woods, villages, gardens smiles upon the sea beauty and under the sky beauty of which the human word couldn't give idea. I don't believe in hell, but in paradise, because I've seen it ....and it's this one.
...Sicilian spring begins in January, and it gathers
in a bouquet worthy for a queen, in the garden of a magician where all is in bloom.