Giardini Naxos is an attractive resort situated in a bay with pleasant sandy beaches (most of which you have to pay to enter), and with the mountain on which Taormina is situated at one end of it.
However, it suffers from an almost non-stop stream of cars, motor-cycles and mopeds driving along the sea-front road, and was excessively hot most of the time that we were there without any cooling breezes.
We stayed at the Hotel Sabbie D'Oro, and from there we visited Lipari Island, the ancient city of Syracuse, including the historic part of the city on Ortegia, the Greek and Roman ampitheatres and the Catacombs of San Giovanni, and Mount Etna. We also took local buses up to Taormina, and then on up to Castelmola with its castle above it.
Our album of Sicily photos can be viewed at Webshots (Sicily)