Dating back to 4th century BC, the town of Taormina offers an eclectic mix of the old and the new. A chic resort, though unashamedly touristy, it is arguably the most enchanting town in Sicily. Her many charms include beautiful restored medieval buildings on winding streets, the famous passeggiata along Corso Umberto and the stunning Greek theatre with spectacular views across the Gulf of Naxos and an impressive backdrop of Mount Etna.
Isola Bella Beach
The most famous of Taormina’s beaches and one of the prettiest of coves, Isola Bella Beach is connected to the little island of the same name by a thin strip of sand. Offering panoramic views and crystal clear water, this very popular, pebbly beach is connected to the town by cable car (or some 300 steps) and has sunloungers and parasols for hire.
Just a short cable car ride down from the town of Taormina, Mazzarò is a pebbly cove with ample sunloungers and parasols for hire.
Just south of Taormina, this beautiful and popular bay of white sand with some pebbly sections is the largest stretch of beach in the area. There’s a good range of facilities with sunloungers, parasols for hire, water sports, beach bars and restaurants.
Taormina Film Fest - June
A six day festival of film screenings and press conferences held at the Greek Theatre.
Taormina Arte – July & August
A festival of live dance, theatre and opera set in the Greek Theatre.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Take an evening stroll along the medieval Corso Umberto, a pedestrianized avenue lined with exclusive designer boutiques, antique shops and luxury jewellers.
The Teatro Greco is Taormina’s leading attraction. Built in the 3rd century BC, this stunning Greek theatre offers a picturesque setting with views across the Gulf of Naxos and a backdrop of Mount Etna. Each summer the theatre is used as a venue for an impressive schedule of events; from rock concerts to opera as well as an annual film festival.
Etna, which is the largest active volcano in Europe, erupts frequently and a tour up to the crater is a must for any tourist visiting the island.