Taormina Travel Guide

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Taormina Things to Do

  • Greek Theatre

    Taormina's most Romanticised monument, il Teatro Greco does leave you breathless. It is the Classical theatre with the best view in the world, consisting of the Mediterranean on one side and the hilltop town of Taormina on the other against a backdrop of snow-covered Mount Etna. Though mostly referred to as the Greek Theatre of Taormina (Teatro...

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  • Public Gardens

    In the Public Gardens, is the Villa Comunale which is also known as Parco Duca Di Cesaro. Partly in ruins, theyblended lovely with the garden. There is quite a story about the Scottish lady Florence Trevelyan Cacciola. Florence, was "invited" to leave England following a romantic liaison with the future Edward VII. She arrived in Taormina in...

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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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Taormina Restaurants

  • Il Baccanale

    4 out of 5 stars

    One of many restaurants in a little alley. Great food, very reasonable prices, wide selection. Sicily is known for it's seafood. Everything I've had here is very good. The stuffed calamari, though, are to die for.

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  • Grotta Azzurra

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant specialises in fish and seafood, and has a very impressive display of fresh fish and a very enthusiastic owner. This is very tempting, but do be aware that a lot of the fish is charged by weight. (They will weigh the fish and tell you the weight and cost before they cook it for you, but if you get carried away, it can be an...

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  • Le Naumachie

    This restaurant is named after the nearby ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman Naumachia. The food and its presentation is however very modern (though one or two dishes are what Michael Winner might term 'historic'). Bread comes with olive oil for dipping and an assortment of different salts (plain, orange and sage. A 'carpaccio' of local cheeses was...

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Taormina Nightlife

  • 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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  • PanAsia

    Panasia is a beach bar that turns into a disco, at night. There's also a restaurant near the entrance. The place is beautifull, facing the beach. The best days to got there, as I noticed is friday and saturday. I was told that in some days there are private party's or partys related to specific themes (like white night, where everyone are expected...

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  • La Giara

    La Giara is probably the best known disco in Taormina. At least it is the older one. It oppened in the 60's, as I was told.The place is a spot to go dancing. Hundreds of good looking people, the place is not big but the ambience it gives is cool. Dress good, don't use shorts

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Taormina Transportation

  • Cable Car

    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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  • Buses

    The bus (Interbus) is € 5,10 (8,50 return), every hour and takes 1.10 hours (but there are a few slow buses as well). The terminal in Catania is close to the train station in Via Archimede / Viale della Libertà but the ticket office is nearby in Viale della Libertà / Via D'Amico, the terminal in Taormina is in Via Luigi Pirandello 100 meter before...

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  • Driving

    Taormina ’s narrow streets can really drive an inexperienced driver crazy. Not because they are difficult to pass, but because many of them look like dead end. The driver assumes there is no way to go further and turns around or turns too early. Actually, Taormina , being built on three different levels of the ground, has rather complicated plan of...

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Taormina Shopping

  • Corso Umberto I

    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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  • 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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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

  • 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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  • 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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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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    to feel good......

    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

  • Giardini Naxos

    This small fishing village lies by the sea in the shadow of Taormina. It is the site of Ancient Naxos, the Greek colony founded in the 8th century BC. In Summer, the village gets flooded with beachgoers, many of whom staying in Taormina itself. I did not visit Giardini Naxos when I visited Taormina in Dec 2015 (it wasn't quite beach weather), but...

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  • Alcantara Gorge

    While descending you can admire beautiful views. You can wonder as well downstairs along the shallow and clear waters of the river. However climbing polished lava stones might be dangerous, they are really slippery, they hard to climb with bare feet. HOW TO GET THERE: Driving from the South to the North along SS114 just a kilometer before Giardini...

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  • Castello Saraceno

    Towering above the town of Taormina is this fortified castle know as Castello Saraceno (Saracen's Castle). As its name implies, it was built by the Arabs during their rule over the town in the 10th century. It is said that the castle is also the site of a the Ancient Greek acropolis, which was fortified under the Romans and rebuilt by the Arabs....

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Taormina Sports & Outdoors

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    Swimming

    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

    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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