Taormina

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Messina featuring general coastal views

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

Hotel Villa Belvedere
Hotel Villa Belvedere
4 out of 5
Via Bagnoli Croce 79, Taormina, ME, 980039
The price is $209 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Taormina. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (582 reviews)
"Stylish, great location."

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2022

Hotel Villa Belvedere
UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale, 105, Taormina, ME, 98039
The price is $228 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Taormina. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (732 reviews)
Best hotel we've ever been
"Best hotel we've ever been to! Staff were all friendly and helpful! We were served excellent breakfast and lunch with amazing views! Scheduled Shuttle bus was available to book to get to Taormina centre in case you don't want to drive up! And they have guarded valet-parking for a price thats definitley ..."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
Mazzarò Sea Palace - VRetreats
Mazzarò Sea Palace - VRetreats
5 out of 5
Via Nazionale 147, Taormina, ME, 98039
The price is $547 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Taormina. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (171 reviews)
"Hospitality of the team was fabulous and we could not have asked for a better location and view. Truly peaceful spot to relax."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

Mazzarò Sea Palace - VRetreats
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.
Villa Oasis Residence
Villa Oasis Residence
4 out of 5
Viale Alcide De Gasperi, snc, Taormina, ME, 98039
The price is $203 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 10
Stay at this 4-star beach residence in Taormina. Enjoy free WiFi, a private beach, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Taormina Cable Car and Isola Bella ...
3.8/5 Good! (12 reviews)
Tell it as it is
"This Hotel is listed as being in Taormina in fact it is not in Taormina it is actaully in the town in Mazzaro"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2015

Villa Oasis Residence
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Via Luigi Pirandello, 72, Taormina, Messina, 98039
The price is $518 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 18
Stay at this residence in Taormina. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Isola Bella and Taormina Cable Car are located nearby. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
"We stayed at the apparent with the private pool. Amazing place with the best view to the sea and beautiful infinity pool. The staff is the best and nicest I've ever seen. Great kitchen and lots of places to sit inside and outside. 2 rooms with a bathroom for each room. Worth every dollar!"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2021

Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Medea Residence appartamenti vacanze
Medea Residence appartamenti vacanze
Via Mario e Nicolò Garipoli 1, Taormina, Provincia di Messina, 98039
Stay at this residence in Taormina. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"Medea Residence exceeded our expectations, very clean, spacious rooms, friendly staff, beautiful gardens and a pool!"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Medea Residence appartamenti vacanze
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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