Ipanema Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Via Nazionale 242, Taormina, Sicily, 98030, Italy

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    Excellent location


    Reasonable service, cheap hotel with not many alternatives around.

    The food was not particularly convincing, but we were a large team, and "mass service" always risks to loose quality. For a trip to the "deep Portugal" it may be an option.

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Taormina questions

by jayarrscott

We are flying into Catania from London early October and staying in Taormina for 4 nights.

During this trip, apart from visiting the historical sites in Taormina we intend to visit Mount Etna (probably on a guided tour)and and spend some time on the beach & swimming in the sea. we will also visit Catania for a day from Taormina.

We will have 3 more nights to spend in Sicily and thought about staying in Siracusa for those nights, visiting the local historical sites including Ortygia.

The questions are:

1. Is it best to pick up a rent car in Catania airport & use it for driving to Taormina, then Siracusa and back to the airport , as well as getting about the area generally, OR would we be better relying on buses & trains? ( I have driven in Palermo on a previous trip and found it stressful, but good for getting away from Palermo to e.g. Agrigento)

2. Is the balance right (i.e. 4 nights Taormina, 3 nights Siracusa) or would anyone recommend a different split, or indeed a different 2nd location other than Siracusa)?

3. A friend recommended a boat trip booked from Taormina to visit Stromboli at night - any views on this please?

Any advice on these questions, or general recommendations when visiting this area will be welcome.

Thanks in advance - jayarrscott.

Re: Taormina questions

by travelgourmet

Ciao. Lucky you. My wife and I have visited Sicily having relatives living in Messina and near Palermo, so that means we drive in Sicily. As a tourist, driving gives you the freedom of travel time and where to travel. The downside is getting a place to park and not too expensive. In my book, the upside outweighs the down. Taormina is a charming mountain storybook village. My wife and I love walking the streets and enjoying the restaurants. Yes, it is a tourist zone, but such charm and history with the ruins are worth the traffic. The beaches below Taormina are fine as well as many hotels are sea level in Giardini Naxos. You can travel from Taormina to Siracusa only 73 miles away without having to checkout of Taormina. Also Messina and Milazzo are within driving distance. Milazzo is the ferry lines to get to the Aeolian Islands with Lipari being the main attraction. Lipari might even be a good alternative to Siracusa, as you could go by ferry to see Stromboli or the other Islands. All in all, Sicily has a lot more to offer than many realize. Enjoy your holiday. Have fun.

Re: Taormina questions

by travelgourmet

If you decide to go over from Sicily to the Aeolian Islands the water travel site for ferries or hydrofoils is: http://www.thinksicily.com/travel-to-and-around-sicily/aeolian-islands.aspx.

It also tells you of a parking site in Milazzo for a vehicle.

Re: Taormina questions

by pedroswift

my recollection of Taormina is that it is not a car-friendly place. Public transport is available. We used public transport while staying at G.Naxos for a week. ...visiting all the sites you mention. Except for a booked bus/train day tour to Mt Etna. We then shifted camp to Lipari for a week and did the boat trip to Stromboli from there. It is worth while doing.

Re: Taormina questions

by travelgourmet

Taormina has a huge parking structure below and behind the main part of town.

Travel Tips for Taormina


by Sjalen

If you have small children, see my Giardini-Naxos page as that is a far better place to stay with them. The beaches are child friendlier and you don't have to wait for the cable car (or bus) to take you down to the beaches. Many hotels up here have no childrens pools either. If not, you'll probably have a nice enough time swimming here in the shade of Isola Bella or just up and down the coast from Taormina.

Torre dell'Orologio

by Lalique

This is a part of the ancient town fortification though the clock on the tower was added only in 17C. This tower serves as a kind of "separator" and leads to the 15C part of the town.
A few meters behind the clock tower there is famous Piazza Duomo and Duomo itself with a very nice fountain in the front. However the Duomo was closed and all covered in scaffolding, thus no pics and no impressions :(((


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Address: Via Nazionale 242, Taormina, Sicily, 98030, Italy