What to see in Taormina - What to do in Taormina - Holidays in Taormina

Taormina is sea and sun, ancient history and atavistic cultures. One of the most suggestive Sicilian cities, with an eye turned towards the Ionian Sea and the other ravished by Isola Bella.

If you choose Taormina for a romantic weekend, a family trip or a summer holiday in Sicily with friends, there are some must-see attractions. Three days are perfect to discover all the treasures of the city, from art and culture to the culinary point of view.


First day 

Especially if you visit Taormina in summer, take advantage of your first day to fully enjoy the bluest sea in Sicily. In the morning, after a delicious breakfast, pack everything you need for a day on the beach: the exclusive Lido Mazzarò, surrounded by nature, is just 10 minutes from the historic center and you can reach it by cable car.

After some relaxing hours, characterized by swims and sun, you are ready to enjoy a real Sicilian pearl: the nature reserve on Isola Bella, reachable by car or cable car. It is a small islet of earth and green, connected to the mainland by a thin strip of sand. Despite its small size (1 sq. km), Isola Bella is one of Taormina's most famous attractions. The embrace of blue sea and true Mediterranean scrub, the different levels of height, the sweet breeze that pampers you lying in the sun make it a destination not to be missed on holiday in Taormina.


Second day 

After a full immersion of sea and wonder, you can spend the second day of your trip to Sicily in a city tour. You can easily visit the whole historic center on foot, discovering unexpected glimpses in the side streets.

The Taormina Cathedral is one of the most popular monuments: thanks to its particular configuration, as a fortress, it survived over long and turbulent centuries, facing structural changes and real reconstructions. Inside, you can admire the masterpieces of some Italian artists, like a Polyptych by Antonello de Saliba. Continue your walk along the city terrace overlooking the sea: Piazza IX Aprile, ideal for admiring the untouched blue around the coast. This square, just because of the view of the Bay of Naxos and the Isola Bella, attracts many people at every hour of the day.

If, after a long visit, you feel tired, take a breath of fresh air and quiet: Villa Comunale, with its large gardens, is perfect for relaxing during your stay in Sicily. Sit in the public park, enchanted by the exotic structures and the fragrance of colorful flowers, then open your eyes towards the horizon: you will see the unmistakable shape of Mount Etna.


Third day 

The third day of your holiday in Taormina can become a real immersion in folklore and culture. The best way to live the city as a local, is an idle walk along the main street, Corso Umberto I. Typical pastry shops, craft shops, fashion boutiques and colorful windows stand in every corner. Among the souvenirs of your three days in Taormina, do not forget the "teste di moro" and the Sicilian ceramics. Step by step, you will recognize the smell of fresh fish, the pungent aroma of citrus fruits and the one of desserts made with ricotta cheese, dried fruit and spices. Taste a homemade granita and enjoy the soft stuffing of freshly made cannoli: in Sicily they are a guarantee.

Conclude your holiday with the majestic Greek Theater of Taormina, a monumental symbol of the ancient Hellenic government. Its construction goes back to the 3rd century BC, but the atmosphere breathed on the stone steps fascinates now as then. If you stay in Taormina during summer, take the opportunity to attend opera, music and prose shows held almost every night, from June to September, at the Ancient Theater.

What our guests say…

Art nouveau building from the early 20th century

with a fabulous location and well-maintained. You can leave your car here and walk everywhere, as it’s not far from the center of town, or the cable car down to the sea.

Renata – Booking.com