Taormina is a cosmopolitan city with large terraces, squares and gardens overlooking the Ionian sea, which make it one of the inadmissible stops on your trip to eastern Sicily.
Perched at the top of Monte Tauro, the origin of Taormina dates back to the Greek times. You can find authentic Sicilian corners and get lost in the colorful alleys of the ancient town, built on the middle ages walls and Greek ruins.
Our experience designer has selected for you 5 must-see attractions in this enchanting place:
Start your Taormina's walk from Via Umberto, the main street of the old town, where among middle ages town walls and historic palazzo you will find the iconic Pasticceria Etna , the ideal place to stop for a coffee accompanied by a cannolo, short pastry dough filled with ricotta cheese. Just some steps off the famous Corso Umberto you can find Piazza IX Aprile, which offers breathtaking views over the bay of Giardini Naxos. For the bravest, climb up the staircase that leads to the Grotta church of Madonna della Rocca.
A dive into classical culture with the Greek Roman Theater , the most fascinating historical monument of the city, 3rd century BC. Built of stone blocks, the theater was used by the Greeks for musical and dramatic performances, but also for gladiator fights and naval battles under Roman rules. Framed by the magnificence of Etna and the deep blue Ionian sea, today it hosts many shows, such as Taormina Book Festival and Taormina Film Festival. Before continuing your exploration, don't forget to grab a coffee or try an aperitif at the panoramic Caffetteria Belvedere , a stone's throw from the theater.
On hot summer days stop by the busy Bam Bar , a cute small café-bar where you can try the iconic Sicilian granita with whipped cream and a brioche. The perfect place to sit down and refresh yourself after a town stroll.
On the same street as the bar you will find Giammonarte , an excellence of Sicilian craftsmanship. Insipred paintings of the 18th century on old furniture and glass, embroidery, decorations, cribs, chandeliers and votive offerings. The talent of the artisan Tino Giammona and the authentic expression of art, tradition and sacredness of Sicilian people.
Escape the busiest streets of Taormina and especially for garden enthusiasts, visit Villa Comunale. This is the main public green area of the city, originally the residence garden of Lady Florence Trevelyan, an English noblewoman who lived in Taormina in the 19th century. The lush, manicured gardens, miniature buildings inspired by the idyllic and bucolic landscape of Sicily.
Water features and water plants such as Alocasia create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Looking out from the balconied paths of the villa you can enjoy the splendid panorama of the majestic volcano and the sea.
Explore the crystalline sea waters of Isola Bella , in the area of Mazzarò (where you can also take the cable car to the center of Taormina). A patch of land will allow you to easily reach the limestone island by foot. A marine and botanical garden with beautiful flora and fauna. A shore of sand and rocks. Right in front of the island you can spot Pizzichella beach club, restaurant and sea diving center. Make a toast with a good glass of Sicilian wine and enjoy the moment.