7 Terrific Things to Do in Taormina

A gem of a town in Sicily, Italy

By Shubhra Krishan

Taormina is an incredibly beautiful town on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. Having been there, we can confidently tell you that it is stunning enough to be the jewel in the crown of Sicily.

The views from the hilltop town are absolutely mind-blowing. The curvaceous coast of Sicily sprawls below, making you feel on top of the world. In a sense, you are.

Though the town is compact enough to be explored in a day, visitors tend to miss some of its interesting bits. Here is a list of the unmissable in Taormina:

Catch a Play at the Greek Theatre

it dates back to the 3rd century BC and offers panoramic views of the sea and Sicily’s iconic Mount Etna. If you’re lucky, you can catch a concert or play here.

Greek style theatre in Taormina

Sip a Granita in Corso Umberto I

Taormina’s main pedestrian street, Corso Umberto I, is lined with shops, cafes, restaurants, and charming boutiques. Chill out with a delicious granita at the arty Bam Bar, while you watch people go by.

Corso Umberto

Enjoy Sicilian Pastry at Wunderbar

Offering you beautiful sea views, it is the oldest café in Taormina, founded in 1835. Many celebrities, including British writer D.H. Lawrence, frequented it. Try a Cannoli filled with sweetened ricotta cheese, sometimes flavored with chocolate chips, candied fruit, or pistachios. Or Cassata Siciliana, featuring layers of sponge cake, sweetened ricotta, marzipan icing, and decorative candied fruit.

Sicilian pastries

Take a Walk through Giardini della Villa Comunale

These lush public gardens offer a peaceful escape from the bustling streets of Taormina. Enjoy the vibrant flowers, sculptures, and serene atmosphere as you take a leisurely walk.

Gardens at Taormina

Drive up to Castelmola

This hilltop village with its narrow streets and quiet vibe is the ultimate in old world charm.  The walk or drive up—totally worth it.

Views at Taormina

Ride the Cable Car to the Beach

Take a cable car to the scenic Mazzarò Beach, then walk down to Isola Bella natural reserve. It is a small island with lush Mediterranean vegetation. A thin strip of land connects it to the main land. Head here for a spot of quiet swimming and snorkelling, then relax on the pebble beach and enjoy a bite at one of the waterfront restaurants.

Stop by at the Church of San Giuseppe

This small church features an exquisite Baroque interior adorned with intricate decorations and frescoes. It’s a hidden gem that offers a glimpse into Taormina’s religious and artistic heritage.

Church in Taormina

And finally, we recommend going to Taormina in the summer months, when the prestigious Taormina Film Festival is in progress. It screens some amazing international films, and the town is at its most vibrant during this time.

Also see : The Lovely Lake Garda, Italy

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