Top ChoiceRuins in Taormina

Teatro Greco

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...

Top ChoiceSicilian in Taormina

Il Barcaiolo

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 Mazzarò beach, it's celebrated for its...

Top ChoiceSicilian in Taormina

Osteria Nero D’Avola

Owner Turi Siligato fishes, hunts and forages for his smart osteria, and if he's in, he'll probably share anecdotes about the day's bounty and play a few tunes on the piano. This is one of Taormina's top...

Top ChoiceCocktail 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...

Top ChoicePastries in Taormina

Minotauro

Tiny Minotauro has an epic reputation for its calorific, made-from-scratch treats. Scan the counters for old-school tempters such as artful marzipan, sticky torrone (nougat) and paste di mandorla (almond...

Sicilian in Taormina

Osteria RossoDiVino

With seating on an intimate, candlelit courtyard, this coveted nosh spot (book ahead!) is the passion project of siblings Jacqueline and Sara Ragusa. The day's offerings are dictated by the season, the local...

Cocktail Bar in Taormina

Médousa

Médousa's enchanting garden does more than set a romantic scene for aperitivo (3pm to 9pm), the best time to hit this all-day cafe-bar-bistro. It also provides fresh fruits and aromatic herbs for its impeccable...

Fashion & Accessories in Taormina

Dieffe

A bastion of 'Made in Italy', Dieffe offers sharp edits of men's threads, shoes and accessories from unique local and mainland artisans. Expect to find – among other items – silk ties, hand-stitched shirts and...

Performing Arts in Taormina

Taormina Arte

Taormina Arte oversees a plethora of cultural events in town, including the annual Taormina Film Fest. The peak season for offerings is summer, when the Teatro Greco becomes a hub for world-class opera, dance,...

Music in Taormina

Italian Opera Taormina

Opera stars sing famous arias and duets at Taormina's Teatro San Giorgio on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 9.15pm from May through October, with performances on Saturday evenings only in...

Street in Taormina

Corso Umberto I

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 back to the 10th century, before heading southwest for...

Viewpoint in Taormina

Monte Tauro

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 breathtaking panoramic view over Taormina's rooftops, the...

Village in Taormina

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 fit, head up on foot (one hour) for a good workout and...

Sicilian in Taormina

Tischi Toschi

With only a handful of tables (book ahead), this generous, Slow Food–acclaimed trattoria offers a level of creativity and attention to detail generally lacking in touristy Taormina. The limited menu changes...

Sicilian in Taormina

Andreas

Subdued and sophisticated (if slightly clinical), Andreas is home to chef Andreas Zangerl, a long-time fixture on Taormina's fine-dining scene. While the menu can be a little hit and miss, the seafood antipasti...

Sicilian in Taormina

L’Arco dei Cappuccini

If you demand your seafood ridiculously fresh, reserve a table at this superlative local favourite. The crudo antipasto makes for a showstopping prologue, followed by beautifully balanced dishes like fettuccine...

Cafe in Taormina

Ape Nera

In hues of dusty pink, blue and gold, new-school Ape Nera is a good allrounder: drop in for an almond-milk cappuccino, a smoothie or perhaps a made-from-scratch infusion of ginger, lemon, lime, orange, mint,...

Sicilian in Taormina

La Piazzetta

Tucked into the corner of picturesque Piazza Paladini, seafood-focused La Piazzetta is an agreeable place to enjoy homestyle Sicilian cooking. Staples like pasta alla Norma (pasta with basil, eggplant, ricotta...

Ceramics in Taormina

Majolica

Siblings Maria and Elvira handcraft upbeat, contemporary ceramics in their workshop-cum-store, hidden away on a Taormina side street. Bright, vibrant colours underscore everything from espresso cups and mugs, to...

Park in Taormina

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 Etna. They're a wonderful place to escape the crowds, with...