G7 Summit – Taormina
G7 Summit 2017 – Taormina’s time to shine! In the midst of the last week’s G7 summit, Matteo Renzi confirmed what we’ve all been waiting to hear. Not only will the event be held here in Sicily, but he has proposed our very own Taormina to be the host!
The 2017 G7 summit will be the first time Italy takes the reins in 8 years. In 2009, Berlusconi made the last minute decision to host the (then G8) summit in L’Aquila as a sign of solidarity just one month after an earthquake devastated the area. The current immigration crisis is a key issue to be discussed at the summit. Seeing as Sicily has been most affected by the influx of migrants in Italy, Renzi thought it only fair to give something back to our beautiful island. For Taormina, the G7 summit is a chance to take to the global stage and show the world what it has to offer. And needless to say…we’re ready for the challenge!
What is the G7 summit?
Every year, some of the most powerful world leaders join together for a conference lasting a few days in order to discuss a variety of global issues. These range from foreign policy, climate change and sustainable development, to health and investment in infrastructure. Since Russia’s suspension in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea, the Group of Eight (G8) has temporarily become the Group of Seven (G7). It consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Why should you come to the G7 summit in Taormina?
Not only will it be a huge opportunity for you to feel part of the future of our nations, but a chance to visit the cultural capital of Sicily. Taormina is a town overflowing with culture and history, bringing in millions of tourists from all over the world every year. It is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, just a few steps away from the calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The fiery Mount Etna, however, is never out of sight.
What should you do during your stay aside from experience the G7 summit?
There is so much to do and see in Taormina, it’s hard to know where to begin! First of all, you should definitely visit the ancient Greek theatre. Perhaps the best way to do this is to watch one of the many shows, concerts or operas which are performed there. Piazza Aprile IX Aprile offers one of the most sensational views in Taormina, from the summit of Etna right down to the glistening coast. The Duomo is also well worth a visit with its simple medieval architecture, or the Corvaja Palace, influenced by Arabic architecture at the time. Once you’ve had your fill of Taormina’s history, take a walk down Corso Umberto, soak up the atmosphere and look around its charming boutiques. To relax a little, why not stroll around the public garden and admire the vibrant flowers? Or head down to Isola Bella to wind down on the beach after a day of sight-seeing? As for the Sicilian specialities… you simply have to taste Bambar’s Sicilian granita with a brioche bun – it’s perfect for breakfast, a light lunch or afternoon snack. I would also recommend trying and arancino from Strit Food , a cannolo from Pasticceria D’Amore, and if you’re still hungry, a pizza from the restaurant Porta Messina! If you’re looking for more adventure or to travel a little further afield, Deep in Sicily can help organise the perfect excursion for you.
That being said, no visit to Taormina is complete without paying ”Queen” Etna herself a visit, or as the Sicilians say, Mamma Etna. To have the best possible Etna experience, I would highly recommend that you go on a tour with Etna People. They are a fantastic agency of Etna enthusiasts with 5 star reviews, offering a variety of different tours to Etna in small, friendly groups of a maximum of 8 people. You will explore Etna’s spectacular craters and lava caves with a naturalist guide trained in biology, geology or volcanology. They will explain these magnificent features and answer any of your questions. There is a wonderful choice between the morning tour, a full day tour to Etna and the stunning Alcantara Canyons, a full day ‘Top’ tour to nearly 3000m and the Alcantara canyons, or an afternoon tour to watch the breathtaking sunset from the volcano. You are sure to find the perfect option for you! On the morning and sunset tours you will taste some typical Sicilian products and enjoy a glass of local wine. For the full day tours you will enjoy a delicious lunch and the chance to taste 3 different wines made from Etna grapes. Everything is included in the price; from the door-to-door service, insurance, to the snack or lunch, wine, and entry to the Alcantara canyons. They also provide all necessary equipment (such as helmets and torches for the caves), as well as hiking boots and jackets. A wonderful experience which you can’t afford to miss!
So, G7 Summit, Taormina is ready for you, but the question is, are you ready for Taormina?