Taormina is one of the most popular destinations in Sicily. For those heading there during their holiday, we discuss the top 5 things to do in Taormina.
Located in north-east Sicily beside a stretch of the island’s idyllic coastline, boasting unrivalled views of Mount Etna and possessing a fascinating history – Taormina is understandably one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sicily. There are many things to do in Taormina for tourists, from exploring ancient ruins and atmospheric, narrow streets, to heading down the coast to indulge in the beautiful beaches and gorging yourself silly on the culinary delights of Sicily.
The hillside town is a charming and infectious place, with a plethora of attractions, some great restaurants and boutique shops providing endless avenues of adventure and entertainment to those spending their holidays in Sicily. Whether you base yourself in Taormina during your island escape or allocate a day in your itinerary to visit the hillside town, here are 5 of our top things to do in Taormina that will fascinate all manner of holidaymakers.
1. Encounter the Greek Theatre
Set in the heart of Taormina and peering out over the beautiful coastline of north-east Sicily, the ancient Greek Theatre is one of the prized fixtures of the town of Taormina. The striking architecture and large spectator arena is breath-taking, and despite being over 2,000 years old, the theatre still hosts annual performances, continuing Taormina’s ancient tradition.
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2. Indulge in Taormina's glorious coastline
Travelling down the hill from the centre of Taormina will see you arrive at the town’s beautiful and inviting coastline. There are many great beaches in easy reach of the town, including Mazzaro Bay and Isola Bella. The latter is considered one of the most spectacular beaches on the island of Sicily and is well worth a day or two of your break in Taormina.
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3. Discover the Cathedral of Taormina
Wandering around Taormina on foot is one of the best ways to discover its hidden gems and charm. One of the more obvious landmarks you’ll encounter while exploring the town is the Cathedral of Taormina. Located in Piazza Duomo, the cathedral has stood for over 600 years and is one of the town’s most interesting landmarks.
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4. Duck into authentic shops and eateries
Whether it’s a little gelato stand, a colourful souvenir shop or a hidden, aromatic eatery; wandering the narrow and winding streets of Taormina will see you encounter numerous charming and authentic shops and restaurants. If you’re looking for some ideal souvenirs to take back to friends and family back home, stroll through Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and along Via Teatro Greco towards the Greek Theatre – this area is bursting with great little shops.
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5. Take an excursion to Mount Etna
Taormina’s location ensures it is ideal for exploring some more of Sicily’s highlights. The interesting city of Catania lies just to the south of Taormina, though it is the towering and striking Mount Etna that is likely to draw your attention. Smouldering away in the background, a visit to one of the world’s most active volcanoes is a must for anybody on holiday in Taormina.
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Where to stay in Taormina
We have a number of hotels in Taormina and its immediate surroundings, from 5-star luxury to charming, restored monasteries. We’ve picked out three options for those considering where to stay in Taormina, but you can also choose from a list of all of our hotels in Taormina.
Another new member to the Sicilian Places family, Villa Angela is perhaps best recognised for its unbeatable view of Mount Etna, best enjoyed from the hotel’s restaurant terrace. Villa Angela is a small, boutique hotel, further renowned for being the creation of Simple Minds' sing Jim Kerr. Its 27 bedrooms are set on a hillside above Taormina, with a pathway offering a 15-minute walk into the heart of the town.
Monaci delle Terre Nere
One of four converted monasteries or convents included in our accommodation programme, Monaci delle Terre Nere provides an authentic and historical retreat to the south of Taormina. The monastery was restored and converted into a 19-room boutique hotel in 2007, making use of local materials and maintaining a sense of authenticity throughout the complex. The hotel is located between Taormina and Catania, just on the border of the Etna National Park.
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