Taormina

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Top attractions in Taormina

7 things to do in Taormina

A picturesque town in Sicily, Taormina, is home to many of nature's wonders. You'll find the tallest active volcano in all of Europe, and lose yourself in the Blue Grotto afterwards. Explore Taormina!

  • Mount Etna

    1. Mount Etna

    Mount Etna is an adventurous day trip from Taormina. The active volcano is Europe's tallest and is still open to visitors. Take a hike at the base of the mountain or explore the craters at the top. It's sure to be an experience you won't forget!

  • Ancient Theater of Taormina

    2. Ancient Theater of Taormina

    This ancient theater built of bricks is done in a Greek style rather than Roman. See the ancient theater of Taormina in action and get tickets to see an opera or a concert while you're in town.

  • Isola Bella

    3. Isola Bella

    Visit the Isola Bella by ferry from Taormina. Try to plan your day trip so you can catch the annual Stresa Festival which features jazz music and happens every summer.

  • Palazzo Corvaja

    4. Palazzo Corvaja

    Named by the Corvaja family, the Palazzo Corvaja was built in the 10th century in an Arabic style. Take a tour of the inner courtyard and appreciate the particular Arab style arch of the windows and door frames.

  • Ferrovia Circumetnea

    5. Ferrovia Circumetnea

    The Ferrovia Circumetnea is a train line that runs around Sicily. Hailed useful by locals and beautiful by visitors and residents alike, the railway is an experience in and of itself. Take in the Sicilian landscape from the comfort of a train.

  • Blue Grotto

    6. Blue Grotto

    The Blue Grotto, also known as the Grotta Azzurra, is a blue wonder. The cave is lit up with soothing blue lights that ensconce visitors in dancing reflections. Take a boat trip or go scuba diving to really explore the cave.

  • Villa Comunale

    7. Villa Comunale

    The Villa Comunale is a floral paradise you can enjoy any time of day for no money at all. Pop in to stroll the garden and stay for the comfort of lying in the shade of the trees.

Frequently asked questions about Taormina

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Planning Your Visit

  • What to eat in Taormina?

    Mediterranean staples and Italian traditions rule the cuisine of Taormina. While you're in town, nibble on local dishes like tuna crusted with couscous, grilled zucchini, and of course Sicilian pesto.

  • How to get around Taormina?

    Though it is possible to walk the city center of Taormina, to get further from the center, you'll want to take a local bus or taxi. You can also take the train for beautiful panoramic views and faster travel times.

Good to know

  • Language
    Sicilian and Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Sicily is quite beautiful year-round but to get the most from your visit to Taormina we recommend going in the summer. Long sunny days are the norm in June, July, and August. Plus, you'll be able to catch more local happenings as well.

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What people are saying about Taormina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,207 reviews

This was the best tour I have ever experienced. Marco was our guide and he was so friendly, personal and pleasant. He shared many interesting facts about the Godfather movie I have never heard of and I am a big fan of the movie. If you don't remember every scene, he can find a quick video to show you to refresh your memory. We learnt a lot and saw some beautiful authentic parts of Sicily. We even got to meet the owner of the Bar Vitelli. The whole experience exceeded my expectations. It was hands down my beat day in Sicily. I would recommend it to anyone.

We did this tour on Wednesday 18, August 2021 under the guidance of Valeria. I would highly recommend it for anybody interested in the Gofather movie and the Mafia. We could not have found anyone more knowledgeable or engaging as Valeria. He ensured we had a truly wonderful experience. Thank you so much Valeria, we will be recommending this tour to all our friends visiting the area.

Amazing experience, knowing a place full of history and emotion! Our guide Luigi was amazing, detailing every event that took place. Don't forget to bring a coat, because even in the summer it's cold up there!!! Our guide Luigi was wonderful, friend and has immense knowledge that we thank him for sharing with us.

Great tour. Maybe a little less Etna and more Taormina. The honey shop should be skipped and therefor we could have more time in Taormina.

Andrea was so kind and funny! We had a very great fun today! We highly recommend! :)