Holidays in
Taormina

Ancient splendour, natural beauty

In the shadow of Mount Etna, with an incredibly well-preserved Greek-style amphitheatre and forget-me-not-blue views out over the Ionian Sea, Taormina is one of Sicily’s most beautiful, sought-after spots. This is a setting full of romance, with Taormina holidays offering dreamy vistas and a classic Sicilian backdrop, with the scent of oranges and lemons in the air.

There’s so much to do, from exploring Greek and Roman ruins to taking a cable car to the beach – not far from the amphitheatre, dramatic sea cliffs lead to white-sand stretches that are edged by that gorgeous sea. The cliffs end at the Isola Bella, a nature reserve and tiny island that’s connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of sand. Holidays to Taormina have it all, whether you’re looking for a blissful beach and translucent sea, or historical glories and great cuisine.

Your Taormina questions, answered

You could easily spend your whole holiday in Taormina, but you’re also well placed for excursions to Etna, Catania and the hilltop village of Savoca.

It’s one of Sicily’s most fashionable resorts, with visitors drawn to its striking setting and town centre full of designer boutiques and excellent restaurants – but all budgets are catered for.

If you’re planning to stay only in Taormina you won’t need a car, but if you’re keen to explore it’s well worth getting one – and car hire is inexpensive.

Best things to do in Taormina

Hit the beach

Thrillingly, you can reach the Lido Mazzaro by cable car, and this lovely beach has bars and restaurants. Close by is the tiny beach of Isola Bella, with a rocky outcrop at the end.

Wander the amphitheatre

This perfect arc, dating from the 3rd century BC, sits above the town and offers incredible views out to sea and over Taormina and the coastline.

Visit Mount Etna

Visible in the distance, Mount Etna dominates the horizon. It’s easy to book a tour from Taormina, or you can drive yourself to visit Europe’s largest active volcano.