Taormina Travel Guide

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Taormina Highlights

  • Pro
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    sswagner says…

     Very beautiful town and setting, a major Old World charm exists here 

  • Con
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    anne77 says…

     A lot of tourists 

  • In a nutshell
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    happyhourkid says…

     You don't find many picturesque towns set high in the mountains overlooking the sea. 

Taormina Things to Do

  • Look up!

    There is more to Taormina than what you can see at street level. Look up and there are lots of very pretty balconies to see, often decorated with flowers, or the majolica pots shaped like heads, which are a local speciality.

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  • Odeon

    The Odeon is a small Roman theatre, dating from the first century AD. It was discovered in 1892.Part of the site is covered by the church of St Catarina, but the visible part of the ruins can be visited free of charge. The site is open from 9.00 a.m. until sunset.

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  • Castelmola

    You have the choice of either walking up to Castelmola or taking the local bus. In the summer heat, I would recommend the bus (just under 3 Euro for a return ticket in summer 2012).Once you reach Castelmola you can admire the views over the bay, and sample the local speciality of almond wine (very sweet for me, but I'm sure it makes wonderful...

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  • Lunch at the beach

    Taormina is not the place for vast, sandy beaches. The beach is quite small and rocky, but has nice views. I think the best way to enjoy the sea at Taormina is to have lunch at one of the beach-side restaurants. Il Delfino is a private lido with sun loungers and pedaloes for hire, as well as a snack bar and a restaurant. We went for seafood...

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  • Cheap lunch option

    If you just want a snack for lunch, you can get an arancino (Sicilian rice ball) and a soft drink here for 4 euros 50. They come with a range of fillings, from the traditional meat and peas, to tuna or sausage. Arancini, obviously! They do sell other snacks,such as pizza, but I didn't try those. The arancini, however, are the best we had in...

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  • Best ice-cream in Taormina?

    After in-depth research, my husband declared that this was the best gelateria in Taormina (which is an accolade indeed - I have to say that all the ice-cream I ate in Taormina was delicious).His favourite was the strawberry. I can recommend the coffee ice-cream, but they do a huge range of flavours. If you can't face a cloying ice-cream, they sell...

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Taormina Nightlife

  • A Quintessential European Discoteque

    Not a bad place. The Ex Tiffany is like a lot of clubs you'd see in Europe, and the Sicilians like to listen to their dance music really really loud. It might have seemed loud because it really isn't that big inside. Or at least not as big as most discos I'm used to.The locals are friendly enough and will approach you, and that's good because when...

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  • Something for everybody

    So I say nightclub, but Marabu consisted of a lot of things. Early in the evening you can eat at their restaurant, and from what I saw it was open all night. They charged 10 euros to get in, and I think it included a drink, but the bartender gave them to us free if we had his own creation, the "Rossario Special." It wasn't too bad, but it certainly...

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  • Wunderbar

    Wunderbar catches your eye with their large outside seating area with bright blue chairs and tablecloths. it's located in the main piazza in the center of town. This place is fun to start your night at. Sitdown, order drinks and some snacks that come with the drinks, and hang out and people watch. No dress code.

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Taormina Transportation

  • Local Buses

    The bus station is in the Via Pirandello. On my latest trip I didn't go further than up to Castelmola (2.80 euro return) and down to Giardini Naxos (also 2.80 return), but buses also go further afield to Messina or Catania (including the airport).The buses have blue 'Interbus' livery.

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  • Cable car to the beach

    The cable car (funivia) links Taormina (Via Pirandello) with the beach area at Mazzaro (main car park area). You can of course walk down or up, but on a hot day, it's good to have an alternative option.Tickets cost 3 Euro one way.

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  • TAXI - TAORMINA to GIARDINI STATION

    Trying to find a Taxi in Taormina was pretty difficult! We eventually came to see a group of four Taxi's parked in the old Town, this was good, but their were no Driver's! We looked, and looked, wondering who to ask, when I spotted a group of men sitting on a fence chatting. I asked if any were Taxi driver's and sure enough they all were, but none...

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Taormina Shopping

  • Window Shopping is Part of the Fun!

    If everything in Sorrento is made with lemons, everything in Sicily is made with almonds. Taormina has many pasticcerias which sell a tempting range of almond sweets, including beautifully made marzipan fruits. I have to say that I am not entirely sure what one would do with a life size marzipan apple, or even (as I saw in one shop) a marzipan...

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  • Artistic work shops

    Why throwing money on buying those souvenirs which wont find place in our homes? There a few craftwork shops in Taormina which offering fine souveniers mostly made of terracotta or glass. I tell you what, skip one dinner at the restaurant take pizza cut instead and spend money spared in that way on buying fine souvenier. Hmmm, it's hard to say or...

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  • Souvenirs

    There are plenty of stores on Via Luigi Pirandello and Viale San Pancrazio. If Taormina is your town of the trip, you may wait with your souvenir shopping until you visit other cities on your way to Palermo. Taormina is the most expensive one.There is a Perfume store on Corso Umberto street. I was surprised to find not a large selection of perfume....

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Taormina Local Customs

  • Cafe bars

    As most of travellers knows it well, cafe-bar is part of Italian life-style. The day usually starts with the morning espresso in a regular cafe-bar which could be nearest to home or to the place of work. Besides taking coffee people do meet friends or those whom acquainted with, exchanging news or chatting about soccer games.....

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  • Easter procession

    As we go there over easter we get the possibility to see the traditional easter procession in Taormina on good friday evening.Women wearing black dresses carrying candles and girls wearing white dresses lead it. Then the men com carrying religious symbols.The procession starts at one end of the Village and goes through the whole village to the...

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Taormina Warnings and Dangers

  • baggers

    I was amazed to see this East European Gipsy bagger even down at Sicily. To be honest, I don't like them at all because of previous very bad experience in the city of Bologna. Even while bagging they aren't honest and sincere, if giving them just a smallest chance they will rob you. Do not let them to approach to you, make sure the distance in...

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  • TOO MANY PEOPLE!

    Taormina was meant to be one of the beautiful places in Sicily to visit!This may be so, but not when four Cruise ships are in port, and then add in the other Tourist's, and Taormina became an over-crowded town.We wanted to see the Greek Theatre, but never did. The crowd was like at a "pop concert." We were jammed packed, shoulder against shoulder...

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  • Deadly traffic

    The traffic in Taormina is terrible. They drive like maniacs in the small and narrow streets. And they will not stop or slow down when they see people. You have to jump to the side and stay there. And there are almost no sidewalks, and if there is - be sure that it will be filled with cars or mopeds. So take care of yourself and your children!

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Taormina Tourist Traps

  • "Tourist Trap" is a state of mind...

    Taormina is a resort town. One should know this before arriving there. Things are usually more expensive in resort towns and when one is as beautiful and beautifully situated as Taormina is, then one needs to expect the higher prices. But if you do a little homework beforehand you can eat well for not much, the admission charge to the Greco/Roman...

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  • Its the whole town

    Well Taormina is a very popular touist area and they know it. The prices are very high here. Four post cards cost me €2 where I could get up to 8 for that price in Malta and most other places. Food is also very expensive. A woman in our group bought a piece of lasagna at one of the cafes. It and a glass of beer cost €9. Later when we stopped for...

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  • Taormina

    The entire Taormina is one big tourist trap but one of those so very justifiably so. Avoiid eating along the Corso Umberto and instead, follow the locals to restaurants further down towards the bus station or elsewhere outside the hub of it all. You will be rewarded by a much more relaxing atmosphere and a smaller bill.

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Taormina What to Pack

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    by alexberlin Written Sep 17, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ...while my stay in Taormina it was very easy to point out tourists - be shure that eaven Italien tourits are dressed very fashionable and I was lucky that I had some fancy and top modish cloath in my bags......
    Be sure that if you whear shorts or just regular jeans - everybody knows that you are a touri......

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Taormina Off The Beaten Path

  • Isola Bella - Baia delle Sirene

    Isola Bella is also known as Baia delle Sirene (the Gulf of Syrens). It is nature and beach resort of Taormina, actually the most attractive beach reasort of the city....

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  • Castelmola

    Castelmola is village perched above Taormina, offering a balcony over the town and the bay of Giardini Naxos. On its other side the village is framed by the mysterious and still active volcano Mount Etna. It can be reached from Taormina by walking path, takes one hour of time, or by the local bus. I didn't visit it but according to the pictures...

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  • Giardini Naxos

    Not long ago (until 1970) Giardini Naxos used to be quiet fishing village, but now it is a popular fourist destination famous for its beaches, panoramic view of the bay and surrounding hills. Along with Lido Spisone and Isola Bella, Girdini Naxos makes a complex of Taormina's beach resorts. The seafront of the bay, called Via Tysandros, is lined...

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Taormina Sports & Outdoors

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    by Sjalen Written Jun 6, 2004

    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.

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Taormina Favorites

  • Taormina

    I have seen just one part of Sicily, maybe one third of it, but Taormina is definatelly the most beautiful place which I have visit there so far. It is small town situated on the slopes of Mount Taur, in a very charming and panoramic spot which dominate the whole bay of Giardini Naxos. The town is extended to the beaches of Isola Bella, Mazzaro and...

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  • Porta Messina and Porta Catania

    Either end of Taormina's main shopping street are two gates - part of the old fortification system.called Porta Messina and Porta Catania.Porta Messina, the entrance into town was restored at the beginning of the 19th century It was originally named Porta Ferdinanda when it was opened in 1808 by Ferdinand IV of Bourbon. A tablet commemorating the...

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  • Corso Umberto

    Its not a huge town you can walk from one end to the other of the main street - Corso Umberto I - in bout 10 minutes but take time to discover the intriguing steep alleyways off it and the little details everywhere. Of course the boutiques and top brand designer shops will also occupy your time.

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The beach
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Greco-Roman Theatre
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Chiesa S. Caterina di Alessandria
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Etna Sunset
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Delicious
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Good -but be careful of fish sold by weight
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Great View
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Chiesa San Panacrazio
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Giardino Pubblico
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Palazzo Corvaja
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Piazza Duomo
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Duomo
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food andbest view from the entire area
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One day tour to Etna
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Greek theatre
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Corso Umberto
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Lido Spisone
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Palazzo Corvaja
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TAORMINA CABLE CAR
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GIARDINI to TAORMINA
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VILLA COMUNALE
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MESSINA GATE
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ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH
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Castello Saraceno
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Driving in Taormina
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Nice cozy little restaurant
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Castelmola
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