Giardini-Naxos, Sicily

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Once the site of the first Greek colony in Sicily, Naxos today boasts a string of shops, cafs and bars, which lines the long beach that sweeps around the bay. High above the bay in a spectacular position on the terrace of Monte Tauro, is beautiful and picturesque Taormina. Its atmospheric streets, full of bougainvillea-bedecked courtyards, houses, shops, cafs, bars and restaurants, add to the ambience, as do the magnificent views of Mount Etna to the west. It's also home to the worlds third largest Greco-Roman theatre.