Riding High Over Sicily!
That’s a photo I grabbed of a Funicular going by me as my Funicular was heading high above the Ionian Sea off of the Sicilian coast…we are heading up to the town of Taormina for some spectacular views and you can come along!
Welcome to Sicily! We were staying at a hotel on the Ionian Sea, and were told that a Funicular runs right up to the hilltop town of Taormina!
The station was located almost directly across the highway from our Hotel…a five minute walk, and there were no lines – just a cool Funicular that departs every fifteen minutes all day long!
This Funicular (aka cable car) runs between Via Pirandello in Taormina just outside of the Porta Messina and the beaches that serve Taormina. The funicular runs frequently and is only a 5-minute ride!
Here’s how it looked from inside:
As you are going up, a number of cars come back the other way as well…and when you are at the top you can see just how far up you’ve gone:
Oh, if you are wondering what to see up in Taormina, check out this clip from the top of the town:
The views are simply spectacular from Taormina!
Here’s a tour of the very cool Greek Theater located in Taormina, just steps away from the Funicular:
Taormina is truly a special Sicilian town, and we spent the day here before heading back down on the Funicular:
I have a fascination with Funiculars – perhaps because a neighbor in Beverly Hills has one!
Check it out – going from the entrance of their home down a small hill to a pool!
And my wife Alex and I took a funicular last year in Athens Greece – to the highest spot in the city for this incredible view:
We loved Athens, and of course I took some video of our trip to the top:
The best part is the restaurant at the top of Lycabettus Hill – you can click the story to see our trip and the food we ate!
One more “sky high” story:
Yes, we were flying high over Barcelona Spain and you can see how and why by clicking on our adventure here!
FYI, as beautiful as the scenery was in Sicily, the food of Italy is incredible as well, so I had to try and make some back at home after our trip!
I got this “Cassatedde” recipe at a Sicilian winery located below the incredible Mt. Etna volcano, and it went well with lava wine – click for the recipe!
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Terence and I went on one of these in Budapest. I wasn’t a very long ride but it was interesting.
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how cool and fun! love that your neighbor has one, too!
Thanks for the videos, John. I am a fan of such transport, and enjoy the views. It was great to see them from your perspective.
Best wishes, Pete.