In Taormina, Corso Umberto represents the main street of the town. It is dedicated and named after the King of Italy from 1978 to 1900: Umberto I of Savoy. Its delimitation is easy to guess; its boundaries are defined by Porta Messina and Porta Catania, within which are a series of buildings of Arab, Norman, Gothic and Baroque styles. Along with these are churches that over the years have replaced historic buildings that represented Greek and Roman monuments (such as the Temple of Jupiter Serapis).
As the buildings were rebuilt, Corso Umberto began to become Taormina’s true historic center, which today features a generous influx of tourists who adore it for the glamorous boutiques, nightclubs, and small stairways that intersect it.