Taormina antica

February 11 2014

YouTube blurb by Thomas Andrenyi (my links):

“1  Taormina – Ricordo

2  Gustav Klimt – Theater in Taormina, 1886-88, 750 x 400 cm, Burgtheater, Vienna, Austria

3  Taormina – Mappa

4  Taormina – Baedecker 1912

5  Teatro Greco – Wilhelm v Gloeden

6  Entrata di Villa Gloeden

7  Entrata di Villa Gloeden 1904 – Charles King Wood

8  Villa Falconara Duca di Bronte – F Galifi Crupi

9  Taormina – Vista dell’Etna – F Galifi Crupi

10  Grand Hotel Timeo – Giovanni Crupi

11  Vista dell’Etna

12  Taormina – 1920s

Arturo Toscanini conducts the Cantabile from the Overture to I vespri siciliani by Giuseppe Verdi, NBC Symphony Orchestra, 1942

Starting from the 19th century Taormina became a popular tourist resort in the whole Europe: people who spent vacation in Taormina include Oscar Wilde, Nicholas I of Russia, Goethe, Nietzsche, Richard Wagner and many others.

In the late 19th century Taormina gained further prominence as the place where Wilhelm von Gloeden worked most of his life as a photographer. Also credited for making Taormina popular was Otto Geleng, best known for his fine paintings, which he composed and painted in Italy but exhibited in Paris.

During the early 20th century the town became a colony of expatriate artists, writers, and intellectuals. DH Lawrence stayed here at the Fontana Vecchia from 1920 to 1922, and wrote a number of his poems, novels, short stories, and essays, and a travel book, Sea and Sardinia.

Thirty years later, from April 1950 through September 1951, the same villa was home to Truman Capote, who wrote of his stay in the essay Fontana Vecchia.

By this time Taormina had become ‘a polite synonym for Sodom’ as Harold Acton described it. Later, however, after the Second World War Acton was visiting Taormina with Evelyn Waugh and, coming upon a board advertising ‘Ye Olde English Teas’, he sighed and commented that Taormina was ‘now quite as boring as Bournemouth’.”

One Response to “Taormina antica”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    Minimally edited to house style.


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