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Welcome to Taormina

Location, location, location. The ancient Greeks—and, later, the Romans—had an eye for prime real estate, which is why the historic resort town of Taormina occupies one of the most spectacular mountaintop perches in Sicily. Soak up the dolce vita vibe while strolling along Corso Umberto I and marvel at the Greek Theater, still stunning almost two millennia after it was built. Excursions to the panoramic village of Castelmola, Mount Etna’s volcanic peak and surrounding wineries, and Isola Bella along the coast also top Taormina’s to-do list.

Top 10 attractions in Taormina

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Isola Bella

Isola Bella

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The Italian name of Isola Bella contains both a truth and a misnomer: though worthy of being called beautiful, this tiny rocky outcrop along Sicily’s coast near Taormina is not actually an island. Located off the Lido Mazzaro beach on the Mediterranean Sea, Isola Bella is connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of sand that is often covered with water at high tide. The picturesque point was gifted to Taormina in 1806 by the King of Sicily and later purchased by the Scottish Lady Florence Trevelyan—her villa still sits on the highest point—until being taken over by the region of Sicily and made a nature reserve in 1990.More
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Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)

Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)

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Set on the eastern coast of Sicily, Mt. Etna (Monte Etna) is among Europe’s tallest (and the world’s most active) volcanoes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, the volcano has shaped Sicilian history and continues to impact life on the island today. Visitors can explore the mountain’s smoldering volcanic craters and lava fields.More
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Taormina Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco)

Taormina Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco)

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One of Taormina’s most spectacular sights is its 2nd-century Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco), which, despite its name, is actually an ancient Roman amphitheater built in the Greek style. Sitting high above the coast, the theater has beautiful views over Taormina, the Sicilian coastline, and Mount Etna.More
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Taormina Piazza Duomo

Taormina Piazza Duomo

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Taormina is best known for its 2nd-century Greek Theatre, but this Sicilian city perched high above the eastern coastline of Sicily has a number of impressive historic attractions. One of the most important is the Cathedral (Duomo), set on a pretty square of the same name (Piazza del Duomo) along the main Corso Umberto I thoroughfare.More
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Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

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Italy is rich with ancient Roman ruins, but Sicily’s Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) is unique. Here, some of the some of the best-preserved ancient Greek ruins on earth dot the hillside outside of what was once the Greek city of Akragas, dating from when this area was part of Magna Graecia in the fifth century BC.More
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Corso Umberto I

Corso Umberto I

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Get a feel for the Sicilian town of Taormina by strolling down its main street, Corso Umberto I, which is crowded with locals shopping and socializing. Begin at the medieval Porta Messina city gate, stop to take in the view over the water from Piazza IX Aprile, and end in Piazza Duomo, home to the city’s historic cathedral and fountain.More
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Piazza IX Aprile

Piazza IX Aprile

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With its black-and-white marble checkerboard paving, ornate 17th-century facade of the Chiesa di San Giuseppe, and spectacular view over the Mediterranean Sea, Piazza IX Aprile is Taormina’s loveliest square. Take a break from strolling the main Corso Umberto I thoroughfare to bask in its quintessentially Italian atmosphere.More
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Corvaja Palace (Palazzo Corvaja)

Corvaja Palace (Palazzo Corvaja)

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One of the most striking palaces in Taormina, Palazzo Corvaja is testament to Sicily's long history of successive invasions with its mix of Arab, Norman, and Spanish styles. This palace is an architectural highlight of the old town and houses the Sicilian Museum of Popular Art and Traditions, for a deep dive into the island’s culture and history.More
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Villa Romana del Casale

Villa Romana del Casale

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Just outside the town of Piazza Armerina in southern Sicily, the ruins of Villa Romana del Casale are home to the world’s largest collection of ancient Roman mosaics. These incredible designs date from the fourth century and were stunningly preserved by a 12th-century landslide before being unearthed in the 19th century.More
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Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcantara)

Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcantara)

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Following the path of an ancient Mt. Etna lava flow, Sicily’s Alcantara River carved intricate ravines and underground passages through the volcanic rock. The resulting Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcantara) are part of the Alcantara River Park, popular with travelers drawn to the beautiful rock formations and the refreshing river water, especially in summer.More

Top activities in Taormina

Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

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Etna Countryside Food and Wine Lovers Tour (Small Group)
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Cooking class in Taormina With Chef Massimo
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Italian Opera in Taormina

Italian Opera in Taormina

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Etna Summit Area (2900 mt) Lunch and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina
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