Must-see attractions in Taormina

  • Greek theatre 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…

  • Church of St. Joseph at Piazza IX Aprile on Corso Umberto, the main street in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, Europe

    Corso Umberto I


    Taormina's chief delight is wandering this pedestrian-friendly, boutique-lined thoroughfare. Start at the tourist office in Palazzo Corvaja, which dates…

  • Castello Sarazeno, Monte Tauro, Taormina, Sicily, Italy

    Monte Tauro


    The short climb to the top of Monte Tauro (378m) is not exactly Himalayan, but it is steep and the final steps are quite hard work. Your reward is a…

  • Vila Comunale park in Taormina, Sicily island, Italy. Old ruins in the park.
villa comunale

    Villa Comunale


    Created by Englishwoman Florence Trevelyan in the late 19th century, these stunningly sited public gardens offer breathtaking views of the coast and Mt…

  • Castelmola


    For eye-popping views of the coastline and Mt Etna, head for this cute hilltop village above Taormina, crowned by a ruined castle. If you're reasonably…

  • Isola Bella


    Southwest of Lido Mazzarò is the minuscule Isola Bella, a beautiful nature reserve set in a stunning cove with fishing boats. Reached on foot via a narrow…

  • Chiesa di San Giuseppe


    Overlooking Piazza IX Aprile, this jewel-box church was completed in the early 18th century. The central portal is made of local marble while the portals…

  • Santuario Madonna della Rocca


    Built inside a grotto on Monte Tauro, this small church was founded by the abbot Francesco Raineri in around 1640. According to legend, the Virgin Mary…

  • Lido Mazzarò


    This is the nearest beach to Taormina, located directly beneath the town. It's well serviced with bars and restaurants, though it gets very crowded in the…

  • Palazzo Duca di Santo Stefano


    Just behind Corso Umberto and near Porta Catania, this 13th-century palace was once home to the De Spuches, a noble family of Spanish origin. Now used as…

  • Saracen Castle


    Perched atop Monte Tauro are the (inaccessible) ruins of this castle, built between the 11th and 12th centuries. The castle sits on the former site of…

  • Porta Messina


    Porta Messina was originally named Porta Ferdinanda when opened by Ferdinand IV of Bourbon in 1808. The occasion is commemorated in the plaque above the…

  • Torre dell’Orologio


    Located just west of the main square, Piazza IX Aprile, this 12th-century clock tower marks the entrance to Borgo Medievale, Taormina's oldest quarter.

  • Palazzo Corvaja


    Dating back to the 10th century, the crenellated, Arab-influenced Palazzo Corvaja houses the tourist office and occasional exhibitions.

  • Palazzo Ciampoli


    The 14th-century Palazzo Ciampoli stands adjacent to the Hotel El Jebel.

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