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TaorminaItaly

Lounge on beaches, attend concerts in a Roman amphitheater and enjoy views of Europe’s biggest volcano in this popular getaway on Sicily’s eastern coast.

The hillside town of Taormina has a striking setting on the side of Monte Tore, with spectacular views over Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano. Medieval buildings, pastel-colored homes, bars and cafés line narrow winding streets about 655 feet (200 meters) above sea level. Enjoy the ancient town’s history and architecture, sunbathe on the beach and watch a concert in a 2,000-year-old amphitheater.

Taormina has been a favored haunt of the rich and famous ever since it was part of the Grand Tour of Europe, undertaken by English society elites during the 17th and 18th centuries. Follow in the footsteps of celebrities who have vacationed here including Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen.

In the center of Taormina, visit the Teatro Greco, built by the Greeks in the third century B.C. After Romans claimed the town, the amphitheater was adapted to host gladiatorial combats. Today, the open-air venue with views of Mount Etna is a performance space hosting plays and concerts by international stars.

Make your way to the pedestrianized Corso Umberto I, the town’s main shopping strip. Tour the Palazzo Corvaja at the beginning of the street. The medieval palace houses the tourist office and the Museum of Sicilian Arts and Traditions. At the other end of the street is Piazza Duomo. Photograph its baroque-style fountain, built in 1635. Go inside the cathedral to study its religious artworks.

Reach the town’s beaches by taking the cable car down to the ocean. From the beach, walk to the Isola Bella. The tiny islet has a small beach and nature reserve and is connected to the mainland by a narrow path.

Fly into Catania or Messina and take a bus, train, taxi or rental car to Taormina. You do not need a car if you are staying in the town, as it is easily walkable.

Taormina is a popular vacation spot for its history, ancient Greek concert venue, views and beaches.

Where to stay in Taormina

Greek Theatre which includes heritage architecture and a ruin

Taormina City Centre

5/5Exceptional!(84 area reviews)

The picturesque gardens and beautiful 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
Overlooking Isola Bella.

Mazzaro

4.5/5Wonderful!(44 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample 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

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Spisone, Spisone Beach and Taormina Coast are top sights worth seeing.

Spisone

Top Hotels in Taormina

VOI Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay
VOI Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay
5 out of 5
Via Nazionale 161, Taormina, ME
The price is NT$8,517 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17

Located in Mazzaro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taormina Coast and Isola Bella. Taormina Cable Car and Greek Theatre are also within 1 mi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (230 reviews)

"Everything was wonderful. The hotel provided 5* service despite the COVID situation and had adapted seamlessly. It felt safe, clean and luxurious. We had a wonderful time and will definitely return."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/15

VOI Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay
UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale, 105, Taormina, ME
The price is NT$6,057 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (667 reviews)

"The most beautiful location imaginable with views over the bay, up to Taormina town and stretching to Isola Bella. The private beach is gorgeous and the pool area well equipped and luxurious. The breakfast was brilliant (they handled the buffet brilliantly in COVID times), the restaurant overlooking ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/21

UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
5 out of 5
Via Teatro Greco 59, Taormina, ME
The price is NT$15,359 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 16

This family-friendly Taormina hotel is located near the beach, just steps from Taormina Coast and Greek Theatre. Isola Bella and Taormina Cable Car are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (134 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 2020/7/14

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
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.

Vacation Rentals in Taormina

Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Via Luigi Pirandello, 72, Taormina, Messina

Situated in the historical district, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taormina Coast, Greek Theatre, and Taormina Cable Car. Isola Bella and Giardini ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Amazing staff. Amazing facilities. Amazing views! Best place I’ve ever been to!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/3

Isola Bella Infinity Suites
La Malandrina Apartments & Suites
La Malandrina Apartments & Suites
Via I Dionisio, 2E, Taormina, ME
The price is NT$4,457 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Taormina Coast, Taormina Cable Car, and Greek Theatre. Isola Bella and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (72 reviews)
Fabulous

"Absolutely loved it!!!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/20

La Malandrina Apartments & Suites
Villa Al Duomo Apartment
Villa Al Duomo Apartment
Vico Giordano Bruno, 9, Taormina, ME
The price is NT$2,265 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Taormina City Centre, this beach apartment building is steps from Piazza del Duomo, Baroque Fountain, and Porta di Catania. Piazza IX April and Palazzo ...

4.3/5Excellent! (49 reviews)

"Great location right in the middle of Taormina. Livio also stayed in touch and always available when we needed help. I’d definitely stay again!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/5

Villa Al Duomo Apartment
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.

Popular places to visit in Taormina

Isola Bella
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Isola Bella

4.5/5(74 reviews)

Nothing says vacation 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(61 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(168 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(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(65 reviews)

During your visit to Taormina, you can enjoy retail therapy at Corso Umberto. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Lido Mazzaro
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Lido Mazzaro

4.5/5(47 reviews)

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

Reviews of Taormina

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 9, 2019

You better be prepared to experience possible cable car mishap which was happened to me. On my way down at night, it stopped in the middle of ride. We were in the cable car for about 5 minutes. They didn’t even apologize and no explanation...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 1, 2019

Beautiful area, many day excursions available to other sites around and this part if the island. Found some Great restaurants. Can see the sites of the main village in-one day. Some high end shopping but more touristy shops.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

Have been to Taormina a few times and it’s always a joy

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

Delusione sulla qualita del mangiare: 3 posti diversi, nessuno soddisfacente.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

It is beautiful, magical, out of a dream! Very nice people who treat you like a relative. I took the train there. The train station is at the bottom - spend the 15-20 euros and arrive in style up top.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Boat tours, shopping and excursions to other Sicilian sites all enjoyable!

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