From Elizabeth Taylor to Tom Cruise, Taormina Has Hosted the Stars

As far as history goes, you can’t get much more historical than Taormina for a film festival.

The Antico Teatro (or Greek Theater) – where the latest films will be shown – dates back to 300 BC.

More recently – as in a mere century or so – the Sicilian coastal town has proved an irresistible getaway for many, from Oscar Wilde to Greta Garbo.

Born in 1955 as the Taormina and Messina Film Festival, the festival has frequently hosted many international stars of cinema, and intermittently distributed the Nastri Azzurri awards voted on by Italian journalists, and at others the David di Donatello, Italy’s equivalent to the Italian Oscars.

Here are some key moments from its history.When Dickie fought with Liz: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor had used Taormina as a getaway right at the beginning of their romance fresh from the set of “Cleopatra.” In 1967, they returned to Taormina to attend…

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