Taormina Travel Blog

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Back in the car we head out, we stop briefly to fill up get some gas and continue on. We text Claudia (owner of the b&b in Catania) to let her know that we were running about an hour late. We passed Messina, which looked like it has the makings of someplace that I’d like to visit, and then continued south. We spotted more churches on hills like the one in Flippa.


Just south of Messina the rain set in. The wind had been pummeling the car all day and now the rain. Approaching Taormina we reached a traffic jam, which turned out to be caused by landslides along the mountains just to the north. This was a mess.


There were piles of dirt, large ones covering areas of the right lane. This was not the worst of it. We had one lane, which turns out, that had been cleared for traffic. It was so bad on the northbound side that it was closed.……..closed!!! There were many sections where the significant water was standing on the highway.


The strangest thing to see was the large boulders that had come down the mountain and now resting in the median or on the northbound side. They had obviously had a lot of water and the terrible wind that we had in Cefalu, last night. Twenty minutes or so later we had made it through the mud and water of Taormina and were southbound.


Catania, here we come!

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