This tranquil city is in a stupendous position on the sea in front of Mount Etna, with a mild climate year round and marvellous scenery, where peace and quiet reign supreme. It's been world famous for centuries, which has brought an influx of noteworthy tourists, even today, thanks to the numerous holiday promotions for Taormina.

The territory extends along the coast from Capo Sant'Andrea to Capo Taormina, where you'll find the beautiful beaches Lido di Taormina, Mazzarò and Isola Bella. Every view from here is particular: from Mount Tauro, the theatre, the Church of the Madonna della Rocca and the castle. Scanning the horizon, the gaze runs from the mountains to the sea, swaying from the southern coast towards Catania and north towards Messina, below imposing Mount Etna.

Taormina has ancient roots, influenced by the Greeks, Romans, Normans and Byzantines. Taormina's historic medieval quarter is known for its street network and its ancient gates. The main road is Corso Umberto I, the city's main artery leading to all major points of interest. A lovely easy itinerary begins at the symbol of Taormina: the Teatro Antico. Carved into the rock, it's a real gem and is the second largest theatre in Sicily after the one in Syracuse. Built in the Greek period, it was renovated by the Romans and boasts splendid white marble and grey granite columns. Still today, prestigious shows take place there. Near the theatre is the Antiquarium, a small archaeological museum housing some precious findings, like the statue of Gaius Claudius Marcellus and a small marble sarcophagus carved in high relief.

Architecturally similar to the Teatro Antico but smaller, the Odeon is located in the north-eastern part of the city behind the hill called Santa Caterina di Alessandria d'Egitto. Not far from there is the famous Palazzo Corvaia, a real castle bearing the name of the family who owned it.

On the opposite side is the must-see Palazzo dei Duchi di Santo Stefano, a small but unique building built into the city's old defensive walls, characterised by a mix of Gothic, Arab and Norman influences. The Palazzo is near Porta Catania. Walking down the main street, Corso Umberto I, you'll reach Piazza Duomo, built around a lovely baroque fountain bearing the city's symbol, a centaur. Here stand the Palazzo Municipale with 17th-century architecture, and the Duomo di Taormina, built on the ruins of a small medieval church dedicated to San Nicola di Bari. As you walk down the avenue, you'll reach Piazza IX Aprile, home to the baroque Church of San Giuseppe and the gothic Church of Sant'Agostino. Here you can admire the Clock tower, also known as Porta Messina, which dates back to the late Middle Ages. Going back behind Palazzo Corvaia, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele concludes the walk with its Teatro Comunale and the Palazzo dei Congressi. Finally, erected on the rock of Mount Tauro nearly 400 metres above sea level, the Saraceno di Taormina Castle looms over the city of the same name.

At the foot of Taormina, between Capo Taormina and Mazzarò, lies one of the area's most beautiful and evocative little islands, Isola Bella. Set between sea and land, this island is connected to the latter by a thin strip of sand which constantly changes shape due to the currents and tides. The Nature Reserve is an evocative place that tourists love to visit, thanks to its lush vegetation of maquis shrubland and exotic flowers. From the panoramic viewpoint you can admire Taormina in all its splendour. Precisely from this natural terrace a small path starts which leads to the Nature Reserve from the city.

Speaking of beaches, Giardini Naxos is one of the island's most popular beach destinations. Stretching from Capo Schisò to Capo Taormina, it's famous for its abundant vegetation and the diversity of its beaches, ranging from the fine golden sand of "Schisò" to the lava stone and the small bays which characterise "Porto Saia". Check out Villagonia's beaches, too, (stone and gravel gulf) and Mazzarò, where you can go on a boat excursion to visit the local grottos. For a unique experience of Sicily's history and beauty, organise a last-minute holiday in Taormina. It's easier than you think.

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Where to stay in Taormina

Mazzaro
Mazzaro, Taormina, Italy
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Mazzaro

Known for Sea, Beaches, Friendly People

4.5/5(36 reviews)

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Mazzaro. A stop by Lido Mazzaro or Spiaggetta delle Sirene might round out your trip.

Taormina City Centre
Messina which includes heritage architecture and a house

Taormina City Centre

Known for Monuments, Historical Buildings, Theatres

4.5/5(55 reviews)

The colourful gardens and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Taormina City Centre. A stop by Greek Theatre or Corso Umberto might round out your trip.

Spisone
Spisone, Taormina, Italy

Spisone

4/5(4 reviews)

While Spisone may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Lido Mazzaro and Greek Theatre.

Top hotels in Taormina

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Villa Belvedere
Hotel Villa Belvedere
4 out of 5
Via Bagnoli Croce 79, Taormina, ME
£109
per night
16 Nov-17 Nov

Located in the heart of Taormina, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parco Duca di Cesaro, Greek Theatre and Corso Umberto. Lido Mazzaro and Taormina Cable ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (502 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel. The breakfast was fabulous. The staff were incredibly kind and professional. Nothing was too much for them. They are highly trained people who are a credit to the hotel. I was amazed how good they were. The cleaning was exceptional. The location perfect. I was recommended this hotel ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Hotel Villa Belvedere
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
5 out of 5
Via Teatro Greco 59, Taormina, ME
£313
per night
6 Dec-7 Dec

Located in the centre of Taormina, this family-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Greek Theatre and Corso Umberto. Lido Mazzaro and Taormina Cable Car ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (111 reviews)

"This is truly a deluxe hotel. Staff is extremely helpful, location and amenities are top rated. Best hotel stay of our 2 week trip to Italy. Phil M"…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina
Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina
4 out of 5
Via Bagnoli Croce, Taormina, ME
£51
per night
29 Nov-30 Nov

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parco Duca di Cesaro, Taormina Cable Car and Corso Umberto. Greek Theatre and Lido ...

4.1/5Very Good! (588 reviews)

"Great location close to the centre of Taomina overlooking the sea and a small monastery"…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina

Popular things to do in Taormina

Greek Theatre
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Greek Theatre

4.5/5(133 reviews)

Visit this ancient theater to admire Roman ruins, watch internationally acclaimed musicians and enjoy stunning views across the Bay of Nexus. 

Lido Mazzaro
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Lido Mazzaro

4/5(24 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Lido Mazzaro, a popular beach in Taormina. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Isola Bella
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Isola Bella

4.5/5(76 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Isola Bella, a popular beach in Taormina. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Taormina Cable Car
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Taormina Cable Car

4.5/5(70 reviews)

On this quick and practical lift system, appreciate the picturesque views as you soar above the beaches and coves of Mazzarò and spot the historic landmarks of Taormina.

Corso Umberto
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Corso Umberto

4.5/5(67 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Corso Umberto, a favourite shopping spot in Taormina. While in this walkable area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Porta di Catania
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Porta di Catania

3/5(3 reviews)

Pass through this gateway, following in the footsteps of visitors to Taormina many centuries ago, to find trendy cafés and bars in the Old Town.  

Top activities in Taormina

Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina
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Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

£69

A pleasant morning in Taormina learning to prepare delicious Sicilian recipes with the support and advice of a master Chef. After cooking, you will taste your own creations over a cheerful lunch, discussing the various culinary techniques acquired.

Mount Etna Half-Day Morning Hike from Taormina
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Mount Etna Half-Day Morning Hike from Taormina

£68

Benefit from pick up in Taormina or the surrounding area and journey by jeep or minibus to Mount Etna. Hike around the perimeters of the extinct craters and marvel at the views from an altitude of 2,000 meters.

Etna Round Alcantara Tour from Taormina 1900 mts
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Etna Round Alcantara Tour from Taormina 1900 mts

£39

A full tour of Mount Etna, a UNESCO site since 2013, through the various valleys with the possibility to explore the slopes of the craters with the help of an on-board Tour Leader during the tour. The excursion has as first destination the Alcantara Gorge, where we make a short stopover.

Mount Etna and Wine Tour of the Alcantara
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Mount Etna and Wine Tour of the Alcantara

£85

Enjoy an unforgettable day trip to Mt. Etna and its active volcano, and taste the local wines of the Alcantara on a full-day tour from Taormina. Enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch along the way. Following a pick-up from Taormina and its surroundings, transfer by jeep or minivan to Etna Park.

Full-Day Agrigento & Valley of Temples Exclusive Tour
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Full-Day Agrigento & Valley of Temples Exclusive Tour

£120

Discover this wonderful place and enjoy a luxury tour. Driving to the southern cost of Sicily, you will travel across Sicily by comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle. The tour will begin with a visit of the majestic archaeological area of the Valley of the Temples.

Trekking on Mount Etna Monti Sartorius
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Trekking on Mount Etna Monti Sartorius

£22

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Monti Sartorius, Rifugio Citelli, Linguaglossa, Sicily Italy Mont Sartorius is one of the most request hiking destination of Sicily.

Reviews of Taormina

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 25%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Oct 2019

Fabulous trip to Mount Etna with small company Etna People - brilliant - so knowledgeable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Oct 2019

Can be very busy. Fab views in all directions. loads of lovely food and drink in a variety of restaurants, cafes, ice cream places - was expensive but if you’re prepared for this then you can enjoy. Take a trip up to Castelmola, it’s worth it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Oct 2019

Provides everything for a pleasant holiday

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Oct 2019

A beautiful Italian town. I read some reviews that said it is touristy but whilst it is very busy even at the end of season we always found quite spots and uncrowded restaurants and bars if you are prepared to walk a bit .

4/5 - Good

EFJ61

10 Oct 2019

Taormina is a lovely town and the bus service to other nearby towns is good. However it is touristy and quite expensive.

5/5 - Excellent

V

9 Oct 2019

We were disappointed there was no fresh fruit served anywhere in hotels or restaurants.