A wonderful village in eastern Sicily
The most popular travel destination in Sicily, the most-visited and most-loved place. Everybody is completely floored from the charm of Taormina, a wonderful village in eastern Sicily situated along the coast between Catania and Messina.
Everyone visiting the island wants to stay in this town, but many reasons make it so special.
Taormina gently lies down a slope and fascinates the visitors with its alleys’ typicality, its theater’s ruins and the breathtaking view of the coast you can enjoy from the several scenic terraces scattered around the village.
The ancient narrow streets are rich in small restaurants and coffees where you can freshen with a delicious Sicilian granita, small shops and boutiques teeming with tourists both in the summer months and in the other seasons of the year.
Around this elegant town, a blue and clear sea extends among high cliffs and slopes of a shining green.
What to see in Taormina
The historical centre of Taormina is a traffic limited area, so if you reach the town by car you should park in one of the parking areas connected to the centre with a bus service.
The theatre is one of the monuments attracting every year several thousand tourists in this town. Its ancient vestiges stand out in front of a wonderful natural landscape extending from the blue sea up towards the hills, up to Mount Etna, which stands majestically in the distance.
From here, you can sight Isola Bella, an islet rich in vegetation and connected to a beautiful small pebble and stone beach, just under the city. The theatre was built in the Hellenistic age, in III century B.C, but nowadays it has a Roman style since it has been remodeled and expanded in the II century A. D.
The theatre of Taormina hosts various shows, concerts, events and ceremonies.
Among the streets of the historical centre in Taormina you can admire medieval buidings, as The Clock Tower, and go to shopping in Corso Umberto. Going straight on this street, you reach Piazza Duomo, the Cathedral Square, at whose center a majestic Baroque fountain towers, named “Quattro Fontane” (“Four Fountains”) since it is made up of four corners.
Saint Nicolò Cathedral was built in XIII century according the style of medieval fortifications.
Finally, the Municipal Gardens are worth a visit. Originally, the park was a private property and has been realized by a Scottish noblewoman who had settled in Taormina in 1884. Inside, there are many
species of trees, flowers and rare plants which fill the garden with colors in summer, as well as characteristic buildings called “Victorian follies”.