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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 …
Top Choice Cocktail 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 prickly …
Top Choice Sicilian in Taormina

Osteria Nero D’Avola

Not only does affable owner Turi Siligato fish, hunt and forage for his smart osteria, he'll probably greet you at your table, share anecdotes about the day's bounty and play a few tunes on the piano. Here, seasonal…
Top Choice Sicilian in Taormina

Il Barcaiolo

You'll need to 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 the northern end of Mazzarò b…
Performing Arts in Taormina

Taormina Arte

From June to September, this world-class festival delivers opera, dance, theatre and music concerts with an impressive cast of international names.
Music in Taormina

Taormina Opera Festival

Taormina's Greek Theatre makes an evocative setting for opera at this annual fest, running from mid-July to early September.
Film in Taormina

Taormina FilmFest

Hollywood big shots arrive in mid-June for a week of film screenings, premieres and press conferences at the Teatro Greco.
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 – written on a blackboard – are dictated by t…
Sicilian in Taormina

Tischi Toschi

With only a handful of tables, this family-run, Slow Food–acclaimed trattoria offers a level of creativity and attention to detail that's generally lacking in touristy Taormina. The limited menu changes regularly ba…
Fashion & Accessories in Taormina

Dieffe

A bastion of 'Made in Italy', this easy-to-miss boutique offers sharp edits of men's threads, shoes and accessories from unique local and mainland designers. Expect anything from hand-painted leather belts from Sici…