As well as the view of the beautiful bay, from the town, you also have spectacular views across the Messina Straits towards the mighty volcano Etna. Getting here is easy since the nearest airport of Catania is just 65 km away.
Its centre is a winding network of small, atmospheric streets, flower-filled balconies and alluring restaurants and cafés. Much of its charm is in its location and the fantastic original buildings that adorn the city centre. The town is at its best in the spring or autumn when temperatures are comfortable. Temperatures aside, many of the town’s events take place during the summer months. However, should temperatures rise, you are never too far away from the sea here and there is a cable car which will take you down to the bay.
Taormina is without doubt a beautiful town, and if you are looking for international atmosphere and a high standard of service, this is the holiday destination for you. There are many great restaurants with sea views and atmospheric terraces where you can taste the many delicious Sicilian flavours. We at In-Italia have selected a handful of well-located hotels and apartments where we feel you will experience the best of Taormina.
When you feel the need to cool down, you can take the cable car from Taormina down to the beach below, the area is called Mazzaró. From there you just cross the coastal road and walk down the stairway to the pebbly beach. The highlight of this stretch of beach is undoubtedly the Isola Bella, one of the most photographed beaches on the Island. This peninsula juts out into the azure blue bay creating quite a visual treat with bays on either side. You can find free beach sections as well as wonderful and well-equipped lidos on both Isola Bella and Mazzarò beaches.
Historic Taormina - The Greek theatre:
The most significant monument in Taormina is the ancient theatre - Teatro Greco, not just because of its artistic and historical values but also because of its unique position. The view from here is exceptional and is definitely worth experiencing when you come to Sicily. It is the second largest ancient theatre on the island (109 metres in diameter) after the largest theatre in Syracuse, and was built during Hellenic times in the 3rd to 2nd centuries BC. It was rebuilt and extended 300 years later and used by the Romans for competitions and gladiator fighting. The theatre has excellent acoustics, and today it is used in the summer various theatre performances and concerts.
The Romans built two more buildings: The Odeon, located behind the 17th century church St. Cataldo, which is a smaller theatre, and Naumachia, which together with the theatre is one of the most important monuments from Roman times in Sicily. It is a terraced building measuring 122 metres long and built in Roman times.
As we said, Catania International Airport is the nearest airport, at around 65 km away. From here you can hire a car and drive yourselves if you wish but be aware that parts of the historic centre are a ZTL - limited traffic zone, though some hotels have allocated access and parking for clients. Otherwise you can take a train from Catania central station to the station of Taormina-Giardini which is around 2 km from the town centre. From the train station of Taormina-Giardini, there are shuttles buses to take you into town for a small fee. Finally, you can take a bus from Catania airport to Taormina bus station.
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