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TaorminaItaly

Lounge on beaches, attend concerts in a Roman amphitheater and enjoy views of Europe’s biggest volcano in this popular getaway on Sicily’s eastern coast.

The hillside town of Taormina has a striking setting on the side of Monte Tore, with spectacular views over Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano. Medieval buildings, pastel-colored homes, bars and cafés line narrow winding streets about 655 feet (200 meters) above sea level. Enjoy the ancient town’s history and architecture, sunbathe on the beach and watch a concert in a 2,000-year-old amphitheater.

Taormina has been a favored haunt of the rich and famous ever since it was part of the Grand Tour of Europe, undertaken by English society elites during the 17th and 18th centuries. Follow in the footsteps of celebrities who have vacationed here including Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen.

In the center of Taormina, visit the Teatro Greco, built by the Greeks in the third century B.C. After Romans claimed the town, the amphitheater was adapted to host gladiatorial combats. Today, the open-air venue with views of Mount Etna is a performance space hosting plays and concerts by international stars.

Make your way to the pedestrianized Corso Umberto I, the town’s main shopping strip. Tour the Palazzo Corvaja at the beginning of the street. The medieval palace houses the tourist office and the Museum of Sicilian Arts and Traditions. At the other end of the street is Piazza Duomo. Photograph its baroque-style fountain, built in 1635. Go inside the cathedral to study its religious artworks.

Reach the town’s beaches by taking the cable car down to the ocean. From the beach, walk to the Isola Bella. The tiny islet has a small beach and nature reserve and is connected to the mainland by a narrow path.

Fly into Catania or Messina and take a bus, train, taxi or rental car to Taormina. You do not need a car if you are staying in the town, as it is easily walkable.

Taormina is a popular vacation spot for its history, ancient Greek concert venue, views and beaches.

Where to stay in Taormina

Top Hotels in Taormina

Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Via Luigi Pirandello, 72, Taormina, Messina
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Situated in the historical district, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taormina Coast, Greek Theatre, and Taormina Cable Car. Isola Bella and Giardini ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Amazing staff. Amazing facilities. Amazing views! Best place I’ve ever been to!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
5 out of 5
Via Teatro Greco 59, Taormina, ME
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This family-friendly Taormina hotel is located near the beach, just steps from Taormina Coast and Greek Theatre. Isola Bella and Taormina Cable Car are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (136 reviews)
Stay here!!! Pay the money, it’s worth it.

"Outstanding, one the best experiences I’ve had in Sicily. The views are amazing. Can only comment on Junior suite though!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Eurostars Monte Tauro
Eurostars Monte Tauro
4 out of 5
Via Madonna Delle Grazie 3, Taormina, ME
The price is $105 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20

Located in the heart of Taormina, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Taormina Coast, Isola Bella, and Giardini Naxos Beach. Greek Theatre and Taormina ...

4.2/5Excellent! (350 reviews)

"Great views & very friendly staff. Property could use a bit of fixing and updating. Bathroom in our junior suite had a smell & part of the ceiling by the balcony doors were peeling and falling off. Otherwise and amazing place to stay at. Junior suite was very spacious."…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2019

Eurostars Monte Tauro
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Taormina

Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Via Luigi Pirandello, 72, Taormina, Messina

Situated in the historical district, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taormina Coast, Greek Theatre, and Taormina Cable Car. Isola Bella and Giardini ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Amazing staff. Amazing facilities. Amazing views! Best place I’ve ever been to!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Taormina Terrace by Wonderful Italy
Taormina Terrace by Wonderful Italy
Via Bastione, 13, Taormina

Located in Taormina City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Taormina Coast, Greek Theatre, and Taormina Cable Car. Isola Bella and ...

Taormina Terrace by Wonderful Italy
Villagonia Mare
Villagonia Mare
SS114, 182, Taormina, Messina

Situated by the sea, this property is within 2 mi (3 km) of Taormina Coast, Isola Bella, and Giardini Naxos Beach. Greek Theatre and Taormina Cable Car are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Polecam

"Czyściutko, bardzo zadbane sprzęty, przepiękne widoki na morze, stały kontakt z miłą obsługą mówiącą płynnie po angielsku. Idealnie! Jedyna malutka wada to nieustannie jeżdżące pociągi w odległości 20m, co niektórym może odrobinę przeszkadzać. Poza tym, naprawdę polecam!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Villagonia Mare
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Taormina

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5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 9, 2019

You better be prepared to experience possible cable car mishap which was happened to me. On my way down at night, it stopped in the middle of ride. We were in the cable car for about 5 minutes. They didn’t even apologize and no explanation...

4/5 - Good

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Nov 1, 2019

Beautiful area, many day excursions available to other sites around and this part if the island. Found some Great restaurants. Can see the sites of the main village in-one day. Some high end shopping but more touristy shops.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 22, 2019

Have been to Taormina a few times and it’s always a joy

4/5 - Good

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Oct 20, 2019

Delusione sulla qualita del mangiare: 3 posti diversi, nessuno soddisfacente.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 15, 2019

It is beautiful, magical, out of a dream! Very nice people who treat you like a relative. I took the train there. The train station is at the bottom - spend the 15-20 euros and arrive in style up top.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 15, 2019

Boat tours, shopping and excursions to other Sicilian sites all enjoyable!

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