Castelmola

Village in Taormina

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 sweeping panoramas. Alternatively, take the hourly Interbus service (one way/return €1.90/3, 15 minutes). While you're up here, stop in for almond wine at Bar Turrisi, a four-level bar with some rather cheeky decor.

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