Planning to stay in Taormina during your Sicily holiday? Here are 5 great day trip ideas to take from the town if you fancy some adventure on the island.
Taormina is one of the most popular and rewarding destinations to keep in mind when it comes to embarking on a holiday to Sicily, with everything from rich history and wonderful food, to impressive architecture and nearby beaches drawing holidaymakers into the area. While many could happily spend their entire getaway soaking up Taormina's charm, it is also worth noting that the town is in a great location for exploring many of the other highlights of the area.
With many of our holiday packages to Taormina coming complete with hire car, having your own set of wheels opens up several possibilities for day trips. We've decided to document some of our favourite day trip opportunities beginning in Taormina, and we hope you can squeeze one or two of them into your future Sicily holiday itinerary.
1. Giardini Naxos
The sprawling coastline of Giardini Naxos is just a short drive from Taormina, views of which can be enjoyed as you gaze down the coastline towards Mount Etna. Although this stretch of coastline is very nearby, it still demands a day of your trip, especially if you're travelling with children. A variety of water sports are guaranteed to keep the young and young at heart entertained along the area's largest stretch of beach.
Building on your experience of the city's airport, Catania is Sicily's second largest city and is famous for its fabulous array of baroque buildings and landmarks, in fact, the city's downtown area is included among the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Baroque Towns of The Val di Noto. The Piazza del Duomo and its neighbouring Norman cathedral should be at the top of your list when it comes to ticking off attractions.
3. Mount Etna
Easily one of the most iconic residents of Sicily, Mount Etna is among the world's most famous volcanoes and is a natural landmark that all visitors to Sicily should try to visit. There are many ways you can experience Etna, from enjoyable hikes up to and around its crater, to a less strenuous cable car ascent.
Located between Taormina and Catania, Acireale is a great alternative to Sicily's bustling second city, especially if you fancy a slightly less busy city experience. The coastal city is most famous for its churches, with the likes of the Church of Saint Dominic and St. Peter's Basilica likely to be high on your must-see list.
For many, Syracuse is the most rewarding and intriguing city in the whole of Sicily, recognised for its immense history and stunning architecture. The city is listed as one of Sicily's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and you'll discover some incredible examples of the city's history by exploring the old streets on the island of Ortigia. It is also worth taking time to visit Syracuse's Greek Theatre and Roman Amphitheatre, providing a window into an ancient time.
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