Taormina is one of the most beautiful cities of Sicily. Located in the Ionian Sea, was for centuries an important place of passage of several people. Its architecture has influenced Greek, Roman, Phoenician, Carthaginian and Arabs. The maze of streets, alleys and staircases connecting squares and terraces with stunning views to the sea. The nearby beaches of Taormina are beautiful and excellent for diving.
What to See:
Top attractions include the Greek theater, medieval quarter, shopping and beaches.
Greek Theater: Taormina's Greek theater was built in the third century BC, renovated by the Romans, and is now used for summer performances. The theater, built into the hillside, has excellent acoustics and spectacular views of the sea and Mt. Etna.
Medieval Quarter: A clock tower gate serves as the starting point for Taormina's picturesque medieval section with its narrow streets and old shops now selling modern clothing, crafts, and souvenirs.
Corso Umberto: The lively main street through town, Corso Umberto, is lined with shops and bars. Along the street are people-filled squares good for enjoying an outdoor drink and people-watching. One of the best squares is Piazza IX Aprile, with its great sea views.
Beaches: Below Taormina are beaches, coves, and a peaceful sea perfect for swimming. There are paths between the town and the coast. There's also a cable car to Mazzaro, the beach resort just below Taormina, from Via L Pirandello. Buses run to beaches, too.
Restaurants in Taormina:
- La Capinera
- Trattoria Don Ciccio
- Ristorante al Duomo
- Casa Gioli
- Osteria Rossodivino