Taormina Public Gardens: The stunning Taormina botanical gardens, a peaceful oasis, lies but a few blocks from Hotel Villa Carlotta. The city gardens, named after the Duke of Cesarò, who was a representative of Taormina’s constituency when they were made, were donated to the city by the Cacciola-Trevelyan family during the 1920s. Inside, one is instantly charmed by the abundant vegetation and typically Mediterranean array of hedges and flower-beds with cobbled paths which weave through the almost three hectares of park. An avenue lined with olive-trees in memory of the fallen during various wars runs among precious trees of various species, some of which are rare and extraordinarily beautiful. In the centre and on the north-east end of the gardens, there are some characteristic pagoda-style towers with arabesque designs, made of bricks and edged with lava and pumice stone. Florence Trevelyan, an English noblewoman and keen ornithologist, built these towers in order to study the birds that make their homes in the garden. Relics from the two World Wars are on display in a few clearings and a war monument to the fallen can be seen near the natural “Teatro di Verzura” (Greenery Theatre).