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 …
Park in Taormina

Villa Comunale

To escape the crowds, wander down to these stunningly sited public gardens. Created by Englishwoman Florence Trevelyan in the late 19th century, they're a lush paradise of tropical plants and delicate flowers, punct…
Street in Taormina

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 spectacu…
Viewpoint in Taormina

Monte Tauro

The short 20-minute 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, th…
Christian Site in Taormina

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 and baby Jesus appeared to a young shepherd who had taken refug…
Island in Taormina

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 sandbar (take your shoes off!), the island was once home to …
Church in Taormina

Chiesa San Giuseppe

Closed indefinitely after part of the roof collapsed in late 2015, this jewel-box church was completed in the early 18th century. The central portal is made of local marble while the portals on either side of it con…
Historic Building in Taormina

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 a functions space, its Norman Gothic windows and Arab accents…
Tower in Taormina

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.
Historic Building in Taormina

Palazzo Corvaja

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