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TaorminaItaly

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

Greek Theatre featuring a ruin and heritage architecture

Taormina City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(56 area 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.

Taormina City Centre
Mazzaro, Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Mazzaro

4.5/5Wonderful!(36 area 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.

Mazzaro
Spisone, Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Spisone

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

While visiting Spisone, you might make a stop by sights like Spisone Beach and Taormina Coast.

Spisone

Top hotels in Taormina

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
VOI Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay
VOI Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay
5 out of 5
Via Nazionale 161, Taormina, ME
The price is £326 per night

Located in Mazzaro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spiaggetta delle Sirene and Isola Bella. Taormina Cable Car and Greek Theatre are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (229 reviews)
Great place all around. One of the nicest we know

"Amazing place, we wish we could have stayed longer. We missed out on good weather and it was still great. We left trying to change our flight to stay one more day to get some sun! Quick walk to the gondola to get into the heart of town."…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019

VOI Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay
UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale, 105, Taormina, ME
The price is £224 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Taormina hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lido Conchiglie and Isola Bella. Greek Theatre and Taormina Cable Car are also within 2 miles ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (664 reviews)
Location spectacular BUT rooms outdated, food avg.

"What makes this place is the location and the staff. As many reviews state the rooms and common areas inside the hotel are seriously outdated and musty smelling. At almost $300 a night...it's not a great value for your money. It's too bad because the location and the staff are amazing. Another item ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
5 out of 5
Via Teatro Greco 59, Taormina, ME
The price is £605 per night

This family-friendly Taormina hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Greek Theatre and Taormina Cable Car. Isola Bella and Letojanni Beach ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (131 reviews)

"The hotel is AMAZING. The view of our suite to see Mt. Etna was breathtaking every morning. Breakfast in our suite every morning was delicious. But you must have a room with the view of the volcano. We did not even travel anywhere else we just stayed in Taormina at the hotel the entire time. My maiden ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Popular places to visit in Taormina

Isola Bella
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Isola Bella

4.5/5(77 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(71 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.

Greek Theatre
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Greek Theatre

4.5/5(134 reviews)

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

Spisone Beach
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Spisone Beach

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Make a day of it at this beach where you can laze on a deck chair, swim in clear water and dine at seafood restaurants.

Corso Umberto
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Corso Umberto

4.5/5(68 reviews)

During your visit to Taormina, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at Corso Umberto. While in this walkable area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Lido Mazzaro
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Lido Mazzaro

4/5(24 reviews)

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Lido Mazzaro during your travels in Taormina? While you're here, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Taormina

Godfather vs Mafia Tour & Light Lunch: small group
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Godfather vs Mafia Tour & Light Lunch: small group

£81
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Valley of Temples Tour and Piazza Armerina Tour
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Valley of Temples Tour and Piazza Armerina Tour

£50
Per adult
Full-Day Tour of Syracuse's Ancient Ruins, Ortygia & Noto
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Full-Day Tour of Syracuse's Ancient Ruins, Ortygia & Noto

£43
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania
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Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

£90
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Etna & Taormina Day Trip from Palermo
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Small-Group Etna & Taormina Day Trip from Palermo

£85
Per adult
Transfer from Taormina and sourrounding villages to Catania Airport
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Transfer from Taormina and sourrounding villages to Catania Airport

£109
Per adult

Cities near Taormina

Giardini Naxos which includes a coastal town and a beach as well as a large group of people

Giardini Naxos

Marta Stypułkowska on trover

Castiglione di Sicilia