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Taormina, years after the Grand Tour

MircoMannino/ September 1, 2019/ Province of Messina, Taormina/ 0 comments

Taormina was officially founded in 395 BC by the exiles and survivors of the colony of Naxos.
The historical picture is the following: the colonists of Naxos, allied with Athens, clashed against Syracuse, an ally of Sparta, in a battle that ended with the heavy defeat of Naxos in 403 BC.
Dionisio I, tyrant of Syracuse, was implacable: the colony was destroyed and the survivors sold as slaves. The exiles who managed to escape the trafficking took refuge on Mount Tauro where groups of Sicilians lived practicing herding. In this area, around 395 BC, the city of Tauromenium was founded, whose name is inspired by the shape of the mountain on which it lies, with a vague form of a bull.