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Corso Umberto 1, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 22 July 2015

Nearby is a cable car to take down to the beach below. There we found a fisherman who for 20E per couple, would take us around the bay for little cruise. Wonderfully different views of Taormina and the surrounding area from the water. AND, he...More

3  Thank LesliLou4
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 13 November 2016

No big deal - this is the arch at the north end of Corso Umberto, Porta Catania is at the south, about a kilometre away along the pedestrianized main street filled with shops and restaurants aimed at the tourists. It is also a transportation "hub"...More

3  Thank Life-is-an-Adventure
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All reviews corso umberto historic gateway the main street starting point nice photos walking street short visit worth a stop shops and restaurants ancient times cable car gelato cooking class messina arch town portal
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When arriving by bus to Taormina this is your first sight you see before entering this magical town.

Thank IAN D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It used to be a part of old fortified and walled city. That ancient gate was at the times, a main entry into the old merchant city of Taormina. Porta Taormina is in fact a link between the climbing road from the side of Lido...More

Thank Oleg Y
Reviewed 9 October 2018

There are gates in the shopping area that were once the gates into the city. Fun to walk through such ancient structures and imagine the old days.

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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

This dates back to a time when the city was once surrounded by walls. The gate was restored in the 1880’s and offers a wonderful entry to the old city.

Thank easterntreker
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Porta messina is very nice but there is no indication that you are going through porta Messina. A lot of traffic whilst finished the steep hill before entering porta messina especially cars coming down

Thank Victor Z
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This is useful as a reference or meeting point and stands to mark the entrance in the town, but beyond that it is not really a tourist attraction.

Thank Anfrist
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Taormina’s main street (Umberto) has gates on both ends. The gates are great references to where you are and where the centre starts/ends and offer great scenery!

Thank Menno007
Reviewed 12 September 2018

stop for a short visit while waiting for local bus, to our surprise the food was more than we expected along with the wait staff and owner. We will return when we have more time great location for people watching as the main bus service...More

Thank buzitaly
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Not quite as imposing as its counterpart at the other end of the street but nice enough and gives a sense of entrance to Corsa Umberto.

Thank RobertFGCarter
Reviewed 28 August 2018

An important gate to see and explore in taormina. from this gate you access the beautiful old town street of taormina full of squares, restaurants, gelato places, shopping area. keep your camera handy for may nice photos to take.

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