Taormina

Travel Guide
Messina featuring general coastal views
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 beachesLido di Taormina,MazzaròandIsola Bella.Every view from here is particular: fromMount Tauro, the theatre, theChurch of the Madonna della Roccaand 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 imposingMount 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 isCorso Umberto I, the city's main artery leading to all major points of interest. A lovely easy itinerary begins at the symbol of Taormina: theTeatro 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 theAntiquarium, 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, theOdeonis located in the north-eastern part of the city behind the hill calledSanta Caterina di Alessandria d'Egitto. Not far from there is the famousPalazzo Corvaia,a real castle bearing the name of the family who owned it.

On the opposite side is the must-seePalazzo 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 nearPorta Catania.Walking down the main street, Corso Umberto I, you'll reachPiazza Duomo, built around a lovely baroque fountain bearing the city's symbol, a centaur. Here stand thePalazzo Municipalewith 17th-century architecture, and theDuomo 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 reachPiazza IX Aprile, home to the baroqueChurch of San Giuseppeand the gothic Church of Sant'Agostino. Here you can admire theClock tower, also known as Porta Messina, which dates back to the late Middle Ages. Going back behind Palazzo Corvaia,Piazza Vittorio Emanueleconcludes the walk with itsTeatro Comunaleand thePalazzo dei Congressi.Finally, erected on the rock ofMount Tauronearly 400 metres above sea level, theSaraceno di Taormina Castlelooms over the city of the same name.

At the foot of Taormina, betweenCapo TaorminaandMazzarò, 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. TheNature Reserveis 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,GiardiniNaxosis one of the island's most popular beach destinations. Stretching fromCapo SchisòtoCapo 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 outVillagonia's beaches, too, (stone and gravel gulf) andMazzarò,where you can go on a boat excursion to visit the local grottos. For a unique experience of Sicily's history and beauty, organise alast-minute holiday in Taormina. It's easier than you think.

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Where to stay in Taormina

NH Collection Taormina
NH Collection Taormina
5 out of 5
Via Circonvallazione 11, Taormina, ME, 98039
The price is £326 per night from 18 Jul to 19 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Taormina. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (392 reviews)
"Very nice within walking distance to town. Enjoyed our stay!"

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2022

NH Collection Taormina
UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale, 105, Taormina, ME, 98039
The price is £337 per night from 11 Jul to 12 Jul
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Taormina. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (741 reviews)
"Great biews"

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2022

UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina
Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina
5 out of 5
Via Teatro Greco 59, Taormina, ME, 98039
The price is £776 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Taormina. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (162 reviews)
"Views of the sea, town and Etna from private balcony are spectacular. Spacious rooms. Concierge Santi could not have been more helpful."

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2022

Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villa Oasis Residence
Villa Oasis Residence
4 out of 5
Viale Alcide De Gasperi, snc, Taormina, ME, 98039
The price is £273 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 4-star beach residence in Taormina. Enjoy free WiFi, a private beach and on-site parking. Popular attractions Taormina Cable Car and Isola Bella ...
3.8/5 Good! (12 reviews)
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"This Hotel is listed as being in Taormina in fact it is not in Taormina it is actaully in the town in Mazzaro"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2015

Villa Oasis Residence
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Via Luigi Pirandello, 72, Taormina, Messina, 98039
The price is £396 per night from 20 Jul to 21 Jul
Stay at this residence in Taormina. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Isola Bella and Taormina Cable Car are located nearby. Discover ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
"The service at this property was excellent. It boasts an impeccable view of Isola Bella with quick access to the city center Taormina. Our host, paolo, was quick to answer any questions, provide us with info about the town and always around when needed. This property was an incredible stay and I ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2022

Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Residence Gardenia Vacation Flat
Residence Gardenia Vacation Flat
Piazza Franz Pagano, 26, Taormina, 98039
Stay at this apartment in Taormina. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace and a furnished patio. Popular attractions Taormina Cable Car and Isola Bella are located nearby. ...
Residence Gardenia Vacation Flat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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