ISOLA BELLA A TAORMINA

 
Isola bella a Taormina

Isolabella is an islet, formerly called "island of Santo Stefano", in the center of the bay of the same name bordered to the north by the head of Sant'Andrea and to the south by the head of Taormina, or San Leo. Joined to the mainland by a short submerged or emerged isthmus depending on the tide, the island, with the surrounding bay, undoubtedly represents one of the most evocative and renowned historical landscapes of the Mediterranean. The current appearance of the island is due, however, mainly to the work carried out by the last owners, the industrialists from Messina, Bosurgi, after the Second World War. In fact, next to the existing building located in the top part of the island, they built a villa divided into pavilions camouflaged between the rocks and the lush vegetation, and therefore almost invisible from the outside; the island was also equipped with a large swimming pool, also well hidden among the trees.

 

The discovery of various archaeological finds in the context of underwater research is a confirmation of the intense attendance of the bay since very ancient times ; it housed one of the "scari", that is, one of the landing points that dotted the Taormina bays and which, connecting to the historical road system behind it, now almost disappeared, ensured a rapid connection with the city, before the relatively recent construction of carriage roads. The "scaro" located in the northern part of the bay is indicated, in the historical cartography of the eighteenth century, as "scaro dei monaci", perhaps because in the service of some Taormina monastery or, more specifically, of the disappeared monastery of Sant ' Andrea which stood on the adjacent promontory which has kept its name. The geological data relating to this area indicate a different ancient landscape with a coast line more backward than the current one, a relative sea level higher than ca. 2m and the island detached from the mainland.

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