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The annual G7 Summit begins today in Taormina, a town on the Sicilian coast perhaps best known for being described as "a polite synonym for Sodom" by Sir Harold Acton, a British aesthete, scholar and writer. It became a hub for gay men after Wilhelm von Gloeden arrived there from Germany in the 1870s and pioneered the nude male photograph.
Many writers have stayed in Taormina, including Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway, who once described it as so pretty "it hurts to look" at. Looming over Taormina is an active volcano, Mount Etna, which has also made a literary appearance: Cyclops lives there in Homer's "Odyssey."
Locals hope Etna, which erupted in March, does not interrupt the G-7 meetings. "We hope everyone will put their differences aside and come together here, and we hope that Mount Etna cooperates," said Pippo Perdichizzi, the owner of an ice cream shop in Taormina. If the volcano does cooperate, Mr. Perdichizzi plans to serve "Coppa Trump," made with red, white and blue gelato and topped with an orange swirl, in homage to President Trump's "tuft."
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