If you travel around the coast you are almost suddenly struck by a little island: it is Isolabella, which adorns the sea like a diamond of extraordinary beauty. This island welcomed the first Greeks who arrived in Sicily in the 753 b. C.
It is very suggestive and totally covered by luxurious vegetation, and only some meters separate it from the seaside of Taormina. It is also connected to the land by a subtle isthmus of sand, so people can arrive here by walking, going through this natural road that appears and then disappears again, following the currents and the tides.
In 1806 Isolabella was was a gift of Ferdinando I di Borbone to Pancrazio Ciprioti, who was the mayor of Taormina at the time. Then in 1980 it was purchased by Lady Florence Trevelyan, the nephew of Queen Victoria, who built here a picturesque, little house and planted refined essences, consequently increasing its value. After that the island became the heritage of the only male nephew of the family.
In 1990 it was put up for auction and was acquired by the Department of cultural heritage, and in 1998 it became a natural reserve run by the WWF. Recently it is the Province of Messina who has begun to manage it.
Do you want to know ISOLABELLA?
The Isolabella y a stage in the following tours, Do not miss the opportunity of seeing it with your own eyes! :