The hill town of Taormina is a small slice of paradise overlooking the sea and Mount Etna.
Old stone houses and shops line the cobblestone streets as people pause in outdoor cafes for coffee and a pastry
or wander the narrow lanes viewing the art galleries.
The quiescence today masks a colorful gay history that flourished somewhat in the 19th and early 20th century as gay artists and their friends, inspired by the photographer-artist Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden, came to Taormina for the romantic ambience, dramatic landscapes and visions of handsome youth
(as captured by von Gloeden’s camera–see image #95 below).

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