PHOTO: Good Friday Procession in Taormina, Sicily

Good Friday procession though the streets of Taormina, Sicily

At dusk in Taormina, Italy, worshipers take to the streets, carrying the particular icon of their church to the Cathedral during the Good Friday Procession. Following a brief ceremony at the Cathedral, participants once again take to the dark streets, carefully navigating the cobblestones by the light of their hand-held torches.

PHOTO: Clock Tower and Church of San Giuseppe in Taormina, Sicily

Clock Tower and San Guiseppe Church on Piazza IX Aprile in Taormina, Sicily

Piazza IX Aprile is so named because on April 9, 1860, during a Mass in the cathedral of Taormina, rumor spread that Garibaldi had landed at Marsala to begin the the fight for liberation from the Bourbons. Today anchored by the town’s Clock Tower and Church of San Giuseppe, it is the heart of Taormina, … Read more

PHOTO: 13th Century Basilica Cathedral of Taormina, Sicily

Basilica Cathedral and fountain in Piazza del Duomo in Taormina, Sicily, Italy

The Cathedral of Taormina (the Duomo), a medieval church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari, is located along Corso Umberto, the main street in Taormina. Because of its medieval construction and fortress-like appearance, the church is often called “the cathedral fortress.”