Taormina in the spotlight: Sicily’s noble but risky plan to host the G7
Donald Trump and other G7 leaders fulfill in Taormina today. How will this currently tourist-choked town popular for its charm and ancient ruins cope?
Tucked away on a natural balcony in between rocks and water in Sicilys east coast, the historical town of Taormina is acquiring worldwide status as it gets ready for an approaching international occasion.
The little seaside town, which rests on a hill 206 metres above water level ignoring Mount Etna, has actually constantly brought in visitors. When explained by Ernest Hemingway as being so quite it harms to look at it, it was. Celebs such as Eva Gardner and commemorated authors like DH Lawrence were drawn to Taormina and its ancient ruins the theatre ignoring the sea goes back to the 3rd century BC. Now, its such a mass-market traveler location that the town has actually practically lost its initial beauty.
But from 26-27 May Taormina will be inviting a somewhat various market. Sicilys pearl of the Ionian Sea is hosting the 2017 G7 top, generating world leaders consisting of Donald Trump and the brand-new French president Emmanuel Macron. Previous Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi picked this town over the favored Florence in order to relaunch Sicily, understood for high joblessness rates and brain drain.
Taorminas geographical position in the Mediterranean and Sicilys important function in Italys technique to migrants is especially symbolic as the refugee crisis will be among the subjects on this years G7 program. And undoubtedly, its archeological and natural charms make it the best scene to promote Italys image abroad
Taormina in numbers
10,960 residents in the town
392 BC the date when individuals very first settled in Taormina
6,000 accommodations for travelers
12 first-class high-end hotels
1.1 million travelers in general in 2016
Local professional photographer Andrea Strazzeri was the very first individual to take a drone image of Taorminas ancient Greek theatre covered in snow last winter season. Through my images, I desire individuals whove never ever gone to Taormina feel the very same feelings I feel whenever I browse my city, Strazzeri states.