Taormina

Travel Guide

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.

Hotel Villa Belvedere
Hotel Villa Belvedere
4 out of 5
Via Bagnoli Croce 79, Taormina, ME
The price is AU$345 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
Located in the heart of Taormina, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taormina Coast and Taormina Cable Car. Corso Umberto and Greek Theatre are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (578 reviews)
"Amazing view. Fantastic staff. Brilliant little self contained apartment. Cleaner visited every day. Superb location. Couldn’t fault the place. Only thing the apartment could do with for longer stays is more cookware, a better selection of TV channels and things such as a Bluetooth speaker to really ..."

Reviewed on 19 Dec. 2021

Hotel Villa Belvedere
Villa Sant'Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare
Villa Sant'Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare
5 out of 5
Via Nazionale, 137, Taormina, ME
Nestled on the beach, this Mazzaro hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taormina Coast and Isola Bella. Taormina Cable Car and Corso Umberto are also within 2 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (107 reviews)
"This hotel is truly five star. The service is outstanding and far beyond any other five star I have experienced."

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2021

Villa Sant'Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare
NH Collection Taormina
NH Collection Taormina
5 out of 5
Via Circonvallazione 11, Taormina, ME
The price is AU$345 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Taormina City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taormina Coast and Taormina Cable Car. Corso Umberto and Greek Theatre are also ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (387 reviews)
"From the moment we arrived at the hotel to the moment we left we felt taken care of by NH staff. The room we had was superbly beautiful with the great view of the ocean. Our room was always well-maintained. The room is very nice, spacious and smelled good the whole time we were there. The breakfast ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2022

NH Collection Taormina
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.
Taormina Flats - Rinaldo apartment
Taormina Flats - Rinaldo apartment
6C Via Tommaso Fazzello, Taormina, Sicily
Located in Taormina City Centre, this historic apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Taormina Coast and Taormina Cable Car. Corso Umberto and Greek ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Perfect location
"My friend and I are two girls from U.S. coming to Sicily for a wedding. This place was in a perfect location, and 2-3 minutes walking from all the venues. The space was also a good size, since we needed enough room to get ready for the wedding. Francesca the host was incredibly responsive. We sent ..."

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

Taormina Flats - Rinaldo apartment
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Situated in the historical district, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taormina Coast and Taormina Cable Car. Corso Umberto and Greek Theatre are also ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (18 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 8 Aug. 2021

Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Private chlorine-free pool & Etna view - Villa Calipso - Taormina
Private chlorine-free pool & Etna view - Villa Calipso - Taormina
via bellini 25, Taormina, Sicily
This family-friendly Taormina villa is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Taormina Coast and Giardini Naxos Beach. Schisò Castle and Museum and Archaeological ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
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Reviewed on 26 Sep. 2020

Private chlorine-free pool & Etna view - Villa Calipso - Taormina
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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