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The unpretentious resort of Giardini-Naxos is a popular alternative to more expensive Taormina. Action is centred on a long parade of hotels, bars, pizzerias and souvenir shops strung along the beach. It heaves in summer, but outside high season (Easter to October) there's nothing going on, and you won't miss much if you pass it by.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Giardini-Naxos.