Welcome to Taormina


Although unashamedly touristy and expensive, the town merits a couple of days for its stunning ancient theatre, people-watching and breathtaking vistas.

Founded in the 4th century BC, Taormina enjoyed great prosperity under the Greek ruler Gelon II and later under the Romans, but fell into quiet obscurity after being conquered by the Normans in 1087. Its reincarnation as a tourist destination dates to the 18th century, when northern Europeans discovered it on the Grand Tour. Among its fans was DH Lawrence, who lived here between 1920 and 1923.

Taormina gets extremely busy in July and August and virtually shuts down between November and Easter. Ideally, head up in April, May, September or October.


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$38.82 Day Trips & Excursions

Taormina to Mount Etna Full-Day Guided Trip

Start your day trip by boarding your air-conditioned coach in central Taormina, and then relax on the 1-hour journey inland to Mount Etna, the island’s brooding – and spectacular – nemesis. Set in the middle of a national park, Europe’s highest active volcano dominates the Sicilian landscape around it.Hop out of your coach at the base station Rifugio Sapienza, and then enjoy roughly three hours at leisure to trek independently around the foothills of Mount Etna. The area is covered with hiking trails that zigzag in all directions, and your host will happily point you in the right direction for the Monti Silvestri Craters – two small, yet impressive, craters near the base station. If you want lunch before or after your hike, visit Rifugio Sapienza’s restaurant. Food and drinks are at your own expense, but the restaurant offers a good selection of hot and cold snacks.Eager to visit Mount Etna upper crater? Upgrade to skip the three hours of independent time and head to approximately 3,000 meters height with an alpine guide, instead. Ascent by cable car up to 2,500 meters and continuing on board jeeps up to the authorized crater zones at approximately 3,000 meters with the assistance of licensed guides of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club); stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in a safety zones according to weather conditions.Then, return to Taormina in the comfort of your air-conditioned coach. Your day trip finishes with a drop-off at the start point.

$100.47 Cultural & Theme Tours

Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Etna Tribe, Catania, Province of Catania, Sicilyexcursion made by etna tribeDuration: 9 hoursStop At: Monte Etna, Catania, Province of Catania, Sicilytrekking through a natural path of parco dell'EtnaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Parco dell'Etnatrekking through a natural path of parco dell'EtnaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna, Nicolosi, Province of Catania, Sicilytrekking through a old silvestri craters Duration: 1 hourStop At: Funivia dell'Etna, Nicolosi, Province of Catania, Sicilyetna high altitude option cablecar and jeep off roadDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Grotta dei Tre Livellivisit of a lava caves with helmet and lampsDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Oro d'Etna, Zafferana Etnea, Province of Catania, SicilySampling of typical products in a biological farmDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Isola Bella, Sicilystop at the nature reserve "isola bella" (possibility to bathe)Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Corso Umberto, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Villa Comunale Di Taorminafree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Ancient Theatre of Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Torre dell'Orologio, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Piazza Duomo, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Naumachia - Antico Gymnasium romano, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Chiesa Madonna della Rocca, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Porta Catania di Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyAdmire Porta catania of TaorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Porta Messina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyAdmire porta Messina in TarominaDuration: 2 hours

$90.20 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Taormina Sicilian Cooking Class with Market Visit and Wine

Meet your host, a professional local chef, near Porta Messina in the historical center of Taormina, and start your cooking experience with a stroll to the open market. Sicilians – like all Italians – tend to shop for locally produced ingredients in markets, selecting simply whatever looks best. Follow their example, and help your host select the finest ingredients of the day to cook with. A free sampling of cheese and salami is offered.The market is near to the restaurant, a traditional Sicilian seafood restaurant, so walk there next, and head inside for your cooking class. After a coffee break, put on your apron as your host explains the dishes of the day and gives an introduction to the cuisine of Sicily. While the countryside’s soil tends to be more sun-baked than verdant, Sicily’s produce is lush, characterized by delights like ruby-red sun-ripened tomatoes, plump olives and fresh nuts. The seas around the island supply enough fish to satisfy an insatiable appetite for fresh seafood, and Sicilian desserts, like cannoli (pastry rolls of sweetened ricotta), are legendary. Help chop vegetables or prepare pasta for your course, and learn how to sear meat and fish to perfection. The menu changes for each cookery class, but you can expect dishes like Parmigiana di melanzane (baked eggplant, layered with tomato and Parmesan) or pasta al pesto di pistacchi – pasta with a pesto sauce made from pistachio nuts.After cooking your three courses, take a seat in the restaurant and savor your creations with samples of wine. The restaurant has a wide selection of both red and white wine, so let your host select different varieties to complement your food. The number of samples varies, but you can expect to try enough to constitute two glasses. Your cooking experience finishes after your meal and wine-tasting session. Before you leave, collect cooking certificate and apron to take as a keepsake!

$62.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale Tour from Taormina

Meet your guide in the center of Taormina and set off on your journey to Agrigento, on Sicily’s sunny south coast. The city’s main claim to fame is the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO-listed archeological site on a hill that’s home to ruins dating to 430 BC. After paying your entrance fees, head inside the site with your guide, and pick your way through the maze of awe-inspiring relics and ruins while learning about ancient Sicily.See the so-called temple of Castor and Pollux (not the temple, which is actually in Rome, but a composition of ruins devoted to the two Greek gods), as well as other countless highlights. Admire the Temple of Concord – a perfect example of a Classical monument – as well as the Temple of Juno, Temple of Jove and the oldest ruin, the Temple of Hercules.After optional lunch, (at own expense), and then travel inland to Piazza Armerina, to spend your afternoon at the town’s big-name attraction: Villa Romana del Casale. The ancient hunting lodge is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Roman mosaics that depict scenes from everyday life and mythological tales.Head inside at your own expense and explore its public rooms like the thermal baths, public hall, dining area and courtyard. Gaze in awe at the famous ‘bikini girls’ mosaic wall and listen to stories of the site’s history from your guide. Hear how the lodge was hidden after a 12th-century landslide before being discovered around seven centuries later. Its true magnificence was realized after later excavations and it was eventually given a well-deserved spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.After exploring the attraction, return to your coach and relax on your journey east to Taormina. Your day trip finishes back at the start point.

$71.93 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Taormina Food and Wine-Tasting Walking Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Sicily Activities, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyMeet Sicilian traders and chefs in typical Sicilian Food & Wine bars and restaurant and hear recipe secrets from the people behind Sicilian's oldest food traditions absorbed by the marvelous frame of Taormina’s old town! The Tour takes you into the historic Taormina’s old city centre, and ideal place to get a real taste of Taormina. Savour its delicious food, soak in its vibrant culture, and meet the people who keep so many wonderful Food&Wine traditions alive. Meeting at Porta Messin at 18.30, the entrance ancient gate of Corso Umberto, find the best food spots in town on a 3 hours Taormina Food&Wine Tour! Led by a local Food&Wine loving guide, your tour includes several typical Sicilian Food&Wine tastings as you explore Taormina's foodie neighborhoods.You will visit 3 different venues: -In the first one You will be welcoming with a Prosecco glass. Here You will try different samples of fresh SEAFOOD accompanied by 2 typical Sicilian White Wine tasting.-Second Venue will be a Sicilian Wine bar where You will try some samples of Sicilian LANDFOOD accompanied by 3 typical Sicilian Red Wine tasting.-Third Venue will be a Typical Sicilian Patisserie for Sicilian pastries & liquors tasting. Just follow your expert guide through the town and eat and drink like the locals. An amazing culinary experience!

$91.34 Day Trips & Excursions

Taormina to Aeolian Islands, Stromboli and Panarea Day Trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: SAT GroupProviderStop At: Eolie Mare Panarea, Panarea, Aeolian Islands, Islands of Sicily, SicilySpend some free time on the islandDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Stromboli Volcano, Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Islands of Sicily, SicilySpend some free time on the islandDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Capo di Milazzo, Milazzo, Province of Messina, SicilySwitch from coach to boatDuration: 15 minutes