TaorminaItaly

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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

Overlooking Isola Bella.
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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
Messina featuring heritage architecture and a house

Taormina City Centre

5/5Exceptional!(83 area reviews)

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

Taormina City Centre
Spisone, Taormina, Italy
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Spisone

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

While Spisone might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Taormina Cable Car and Greek Theatre.

Spisone

Top Hotels in Taormina

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina
Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina
4 out of 5
Via Bagnoli Croce, Taormina, ME
NT$1,702
per night
Mar 18 - Mar 19

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (622 reviews)

"The view was beautiful and the breakfast was excellent. Parking is very limited and the A/C in my room blew warm air even when I turned the thermostat down. I realize it may be a seasonal issue since it's November, but I was essentially on a ground floor and therefore couldn't leave my patio door ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/14

Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina
Hotel Villa Belvedere
Hotel Villa Belvedere
4 out of 5
Via Bagnoli Croce 79, Taormina, ME
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$3,547
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (525 reviews)

"The view outside the window is breathtaking. The property was very clean and cosy."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/20

Hotel Villa Belvedere
Hotel Villa Ducale
Hotel Villa Ducale
4 out of 5
Via Leonardo Da Vinci 60, Taormina, ME

Situated in the suburbs, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sanctuary of Madonna della Rocca, Taormina Cable Car, and Greek Theatre. Corso Umberto and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (231 reviews)

"Our stay was amazing. We extended an extra night. Food was delicious. Staff were excellent. Shuttle provided to town. Fabulous view of the ocean and Mt Etna. Lots to do nearby."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/9

Hotel Villa Ducale

Popular things to do in Taormina

Greek Theatre
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Greek Theatre

4.5/5(165 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

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Nothing says vacation 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(73 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(59 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(63 reviews)

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

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.

Reviews of Taormina

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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!