Taormina rised as a tourist town, because Siculians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens chose it to sojourn there for a long period and not for political reasons only. The Normans, particularly, consecrated it like tourist place and it became, since then, center for meetings, visits and stays.
It was at the end of the nineteenth century that Taormina reached the apex of the international notoriety. Nobles and well-off english men started to acquire more and more villas. Soon there came also the North Americans, Austro-Hungarians, Baltic people, Belgians, Swiss, Dutch, Germans.
The most prestigious characters of the whole Europe visited Taormina. Among so many artists and lettered, , we can remember Goethe, Truman Capote, El Salvador Dalì, Edmondo De Amicis, Alexander Dumas, Gabriel Faure, Anatole France, Andrè Gide, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, D.H. Lawrence, Guy de Maupassant, Vladimir Nabokov, Luigi Pirandello, Bertrand Russel, Leonardo Sciascia, John Steinbeck, Vittorini Helium, Oscar Wilde.