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Top Choice Ruins in Taormina

Teatro Greco

Taormina's premier sight is this perfect horseshoe-shaped theatre, suspended between sea and sky, with Mt Etna looming on the southern horizon. Built in the 3rd century BC, it's the most dramatically situated Greek …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Taormina

Morgana

This so-svelte cocktail-lounge sports a new look every year, with each concept inspired by Sicilian culture, artisans and landscape. It's the place to be seen, whether on the petite dance floor or among the prickly …
Top Choice Sicilian in Taormina

Osteria Nero D’Avola

Not only does affable owner Turi Siligato fish, hunt and forage for his smart osteria, he'll probably greet you at your table, share anecdotes about the day's bounty and play a few tunes on the piano. Here, seasonal…
Top Choice Sicilian in Taormina

Il Barcaiolo

You'll need to book five days ahead come summer, when every buongustaio (foodie) and hopeless romantic longs for a table at this fabulous trattoria. Set snugly in a boat-fringed cove at the northern end of Mazzarò b…
Top Choice Market in Catania

La Pescheria

Catania's raucous fish market, which takes over the streets behind Piazza del Duomo every workday morning, is street theatre at its most thrilling. Tables groan under the weight of decapitated swordfish, ruby-pink p…
Top Choice Sicilian in Catania

Mè Cumpari Turiddu

Old chandeliers, recycled furniture and vintage mirrors exude a nostalgic air at this quirky bistro-restaurant-providore, where tradition and modernity meet to impressive effect. Small producers and Slow Food sensib…
Top Choice Bar in Catania

Razmataz

Wines by the glass, draught and bottled beer and an ample cocktail list are offered at this delightful wine bar with tables invitingly spread out across the tree-shaded flagstones of a sweet backstreet square. It do…
Top Choice Theatre in Catania

Teatro Massimo Bellini

A few blocks northeast of the duomo, is Catania's dashing opera. Completed in 1890 and made for homegrown composer Vincenzo Bellini, the building's interiors are suitably lavish, from the stucco-and-marble extravaga…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Catania

Ritz

New-kid Ritz is a svelte, clued-up spot that takes its libations seriously. Divided into Aperitif, Anytime, Dinner, After Dinner and Long Drink & Muddle, cocktails are made with passion and precision, from punch…
Top Choice Church in Catania

Complesso Monumentale Monastero delle Benedettine

The Complesso Monumentale Monastero delle Benedettine covers three adjacent sites: a Benedictine convent, the Chiesa di San Benedetto and the Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia across the street. Top billing goes to t…