We flew from Florence to Catania on Alitalia (a more comfortable airline than US Airways), towards the end of which we could see Mount Etna out our windows! We then took a bus along the coast to beautiful Taormina, where we visited the Greek theater—an odd theater with a raised seating area and later Roman phases. What a view from there, including of the mainland toe of Italy! We also explored the town of Taormina (and I got a cannoli) before checking in to our hotel, which has fabulous views of the Mediterranean. For dinner we ate at a trattoria in town and had pasta pomodoro (of course :-)), veal scallopini, and ice cream. Tomorrow we are off for Syracuse.