"As I emerged from the porch of Santa Croce, I was seized with a fierce palpitation of the heart (that same symptom which, in Berlin, is referred to as an attack of the nerves); the well-spring of life was dried up within me, and I walked in constant fear of falling to the ground."
When Marie-Henri Beyle (whose pen name is Stendhal) described her unique experience coming out of Santa Croce church in Firenze, noone would have thought that such a feeling (known as the Stendhal syndrome) could have been attributed to other experiences or sights: a stay at GOLDEN VIEW.
This is what happens when one enters or even approaches the place. The interior space doesn’t have an end and is not merely delimited by its walls.
As soon as we get in we are sucked in, absorbed, projected into an almost dreamy dimension without even understanding what the physical limits of the apartment space are.
Coming in we find ourselves in an open space: a kitchen in the left of the room, not immediately visible. Movable panels hyde the cooker, kitchen utensils, pantry and all that’s needed to prepare a meal. In front of it a three seater sofa, a wooden coffee table, a dining table on top of which hangs a designer lamp, and pantings and pictures not hanging on the walls but arranged at floor level as if they would find, in time, their own natural location.
The metal spiral staircase, next to the entrance door, reminds us of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. But we’ll talk more about it later.
Everything is naturally lit and enhanced by the french door in front of the sofa. The outdoor space, fully nequipped with a dining table for four and a lounge chair to relax, doesn’t separate or create a distance between indoor and outdoor, but the two areas fuse into one: land, water and air wrap onto each other and become one element.
The view of the bay and of the Isola Bella are not just unique in the world for colours, harmony and elegance, but also allow an exclusive view point that is only accessible to few people thanks to GOLDEN VIEW’s position on the side of a cliff. It looks like browsing through the pages of a nature magazine where the subjects are not casual but accurately selected: at the end of the 19th century Lady Travelyan, rich English noblewoman, planted a number of tropical species on the Isola Bella where these plants flourished and mixed with local mediterranean vegetation, creating a unique scenery reminiscent of Avatar’s Pandora.
The Island, very close to the shore, sometimes becomes a peninsula thanks to low tide. It is also known as “The pearl of the Mediterranean” thanks to the German Baron Willem von Gloeden who spread the word about the artistic value of the island around the world.
The metal spiral staircase mentioned earlier is not just a means to link the living area to the sleeping area but it’s a true work of art that takes us back to the New York Expo of 1939…
The two bedrooms, each with an en-suite, are in two separate areas and the second one is accessed from the outside after a small flight of stairs.
The first floor is not simply a place to sleep but also a modern and elegant space where to take refuge and allow thoughts to find their ideal dimension.
From the second bedroom, after another small flight of stairs, we access a small terrace.
Both rooms have a window, the first one over the Isola Bella, the second one over the small terrace.
The panoramic communal swimming pool doesn’t require any comment: the images speak for themselves.
A lift takes to a platform between the rocks in front of the Isola Bella. There are sun lounges available to the residents and small step ladders allow access to the sea. It is also possible to access the platform to the sea through panoramic stairs leading down from the outdoor.
Air conditioning is in every room and can only be used for heating.
The whole apartment is covered by wi-fi.
Price includes: Utilities, linen, cleanings, towels.
Minimum stay: 4 nights
CATANIA APARTMENTS offer a shuttle service to and from the airport in Catania
The cost is euro 80
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The present town of Taormina occupies the ancient site, on a hill which forms the last projecting point of the mountain ridge that extends along the coast from Cape pelorus to this point. The site of the old town is about 250 metres (820 ft) above the sea, while a very steep and almost isolated rock, crowned by a Norman castle, rises about 150 metres (490 ft) higher. This is the likely site of the ancient Arx or citadel, an inaccessible position mentioned by ancient writers. Portions of the ancient walls may be traced at intervals all round the brow of the hill, the whole of the summit of which was occupied by the ancient city. Numerous fragments of ancient buildings are scattered over its whole surface, including extensive reservoirs of water, sepulchres, tessellated pavements, etc., and the remains of a spacious edifice, commonly called a Naumachia, but the real purpose of which it is difficult to determine.
The Ancient theatre of Taormina is built for the most part of brick, and is therefore probably of Roman date, though the plan and arrangement are in accordance with those of Greek, rather than Roman, theatres; whence it is supposed that the present structure was rebuilt upon the foundations of an older theatre of the Greek period. With a diameter of 109 metres (358 ft) (after an expansion in the 2nd century), this theatre is the second largest of its kind in Sicily (after that of Syracuse); it is frequently used for operatic and theatrical performances and for concerts. The greater part of the original seats have disappeared, but the wall which surrounded the whole cavea is preserved, and the proscenium with the back wall of the scena and its appendages, of which only traces remain in most ancient theatres, are here preserved in an uncommon state of integrity. From the fragments of architectural decorations still extant we learn that it was of the Corinthian order, and richly ornamented. Some portions of a temple are also visible, converted into the church of San Pancrazio, but the edifice is of small size.
Other sights include the 12th-14th century Palazzo Corvaja, a 1635 Baroque fountain, the Church of San Domenico, the Anglican Church of Saint George, and the municipal gardens (Giardini della Villa Comunale).
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