Torre dell'Orologio
Torre dell'Orologio
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Seeking True Quality
Europe4,846 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This tower, which has two names, the Torre dell'Orologio (the clock tower) and the Porta di Mezzo, (the middle gate), was the original entrance of medieval Taormina. It was built in the XII. century on existing ancient foundations of the Roman Tauromenium.
The tower was destroyed by French troops and was rebuilt in 1769. The mechanical clock is from the XIX. century.
Our guide told us that the mosaic of the Madonna with the Child is a recent addition.
Written 27 April 2024
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Piazza IX Aprile is the main square of Taormina. This famous square is located in the middle of the Corso Umberto I. It has some nice old buildings: San Giorgio Church and San Giuseppe Church and the clock tower with a Madonna mosaic (Torre dell’ Orologio). It’s also a gate to the Old town. It’s worth a photo.
Written 3 March 2023
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Laura
Southampton, UK88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The main square of Taormina - stop here for a beautiful view of the surrounding water, island and Mount Etna! Food places surrounding this spot are also really lovely. Definitely a must see if you're coming here for the first time.
Written 11 March 2024
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Enchanting Taormina, the first touristic city of Sicily Island. It's a bijoux, from the mount you could appreciate the coast.
Written 1 October 2019
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,724 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The clock tower is also the entry to the old city. From here on it feels like you time travel, the wonderful Corso Umberto will take to the most important places in Taormina.
Written 15 December 2020
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Ingela09
Houston, TX28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
In front of the clock tower you have Piazza IX Aprile, so called because on April 9, 1860, rumors stating that Giuseppe Garibaldi had landed on Sicily, to liberate the island from the Bourbon king. Unfortunately, the rumors were false, and he arrived in western Sicily a month later, on May 9.
On the other side is the preserved medieval Taormina where the streets are more narrow and even the stores fronts have kept their medieval character.
Written 14 October 2019
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel16,000 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Not amazing nor really special.
No Matter what, you'll walk Corso Umberto since it leads you to all the interesting places in Old Taormina: from Porta Catania to Porta Messina, or the other way around, you'll pass then by several Piazza's like this Piazza IX Aprile on which stands this small tower.
By the way, Piazza IX Aprile is, I believe, the most interesting Piazza in Taormina with its beautiful view to the sea.
We also had the chance to see a wedding

As I already wrote, and compared to the many other famous Italian towers in Italy, this one is not really extraordinary nor amazing.
It is indeed beautiful but not that special to make you visit Taormina specially for it.

So just stroll Corso Umberto, stop at this Piazza, get maybe in this tower and stop to admire the fantastic sea view as do all the other tourists in Taormina, take some pictures...And then continue your visit.
Written 5 October 2019
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Paul H
Shrewsbury, UK250 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This gateway is situated about half way along Corso Umberto and by the Piazza IX Aprile [the largest square in the town] On one wall you will see a mosaic. The cafe at the side of the tower, Wunderbar, was frequented by Liz Taylor and Richard Burton and it is expensive!!!!
Written 1 May 2019
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Aleksandar
Belgrade, Serbia8,215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Quite interesting old clock and very useful, too. Besides the obvious use of telling time, it's also on a half-way between Porta Messina and Porta Catania, two main entrances to Taormina.
Written 23 August 2017
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,873 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
No need to go looking for this clock tower as it stands in beautiful Piazza IX Aprile and everyone ends up here sooner or later. Tower was originally built 12th century and it was destroyed by French troops in 1676 under Louis XIV, the city then rebuilt it in 1679 and added the clock. Scholars have indicated the foundation is 4th century BC, due to the type of stone plus the way it is cut and it probably formed part of a defensive wall, this would mean the base dates back to the origin of the city. Don’t forget to look at the mosaic of Madonna and Child as you walk through the arch. Before the clock was installed the gate was called Porta di Mezzo. The other side of the tower takes you into the mediaeval and oldest section of Taormina.
Written 31 July 2016
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