I know I’ve walked these streets at this hour before, but my previous encounters had always been stumbling home after a fun night with new Sicilian friends.
I’m enjoying the silence and I begin to wonder why more people don’t venture out of their hotel rooms before dawn. This street is normally filled with strolling tourists eating gelato or looking for their next carb-filled meal. I’ve been lucky enough to experience Taormina before the summer crowds during both of my visits, but some are not so lucky.
One local explained that Taormina has close to 10,000 residents. However, during the summer months, this tiny town reaches upwards of 90,000 tourists.
Our pre-dawn walk had been inspired by jet lag, but I’m always thankful when jet lag forces me to wake early enough to experience beautiful light and quiet streets.