What to see in Taormina?
Shall we visit Taormina, Sicily? When talking about Sicily, the best vacation in Sicily, the name of Taormina always comes. One of the cities in Sicily that registers the largest influx of tourists every year, Taormina is located harmoniously on a cliff, facing the sea; the water rises and hides the white beaches that stretch between the crevices of the cliffs, which stretch until they touch the small points that appear in the marine waters. Let’s get to our Post of the day: What to see in Taormina? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Taormina by Drone
Taormina is a small jewel of Sicily, located between the transparent sea of a thousand tones and Mount Etna, which dominates the entire territory from above. The small town is secluded, many of the roads are narrow but all features, some of the small restaurants with tables on the sidewalk to try a great specialty of the place and enjoy the cool shade of the trees. Read also Let’s get to know Sicily?
Taormina pleases and the reasons are many. It is hard not to love this quiet and elegant little town that looks out to sea. Among its treasures is Isola Bella, which I advise you to visit internally; the village will surprise you, connected to the mainland through the isthmus that appears and disappears depending on the tide, the Greek Theater and the concentration of historical and archaeological finds that cannot escape even the most distracted eyes. Read also What are the 10 must-see cities in Sicily?
1) What to see in Taormina? GREEK THEATER
The first reason is the Greek Theater, the first wonder of the monuments of Taormina. Built in III BC and later recovered by the Romans who used it to organize summer productions. It stands on a hill above the sea, that is, it has a fabulous view that embraces Capo Taormina and Isola Bella. The Theater is not only a piece of Taormina’s archaeological heritage, but also a place of incomparable panoramic beauty. The eye admires the bay of Naxos, the coast of Calabria, the Etna. It is open every day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm until March and then every fifteen days and closes half an hour later. It is located just a few steps from Corso Umberto and the historic city center. Easy to reach also on foot. Car itinerary in Sicily?
2) What to see in Taormina? CLOCK TOWER
Another valid reason is to see the medieval area. Among the indicative monuments of Taormina we cannot fail to mention the Clock Tower, which allows entry into the old medieval village. In fact, the whole square where the tower stands is very graceful and lively, an authentic balcony over the sea, where you have an exceptional view of the entire gulf.
3) What to see in Taormina? MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
From here, we will arrive on the main street, Corso Humberto, where it is possible to do a little shopping. At this point, we arrived at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele for a visit to the Museum of Sicilian Arts and Traditions.
4) What to see in Taormina? PIAZZA DEL DUOMO (CATHEDRAL SQUARE)
How not to mention Piazza del Duomo? One of the meeting points of Taormina where a beautiful Baroque fountain with a centaur and the church of St Nicholas, from 1400, appears. The Duomo di Taormina (Taormina Cathedral) is an imposing medieval building that has had many relocations over the centuries. The interior of the building is a special pink marble, called “Taormina rose”, the ceiling is inlaid wood. The shoulder of the two materials offers us a unique atmosphere to the place of worship. Another curiosity is that, outside, the battlements church, like those of medieval castles. The church is dedicated to St Nicolas of Bari, who is also the patron saint of the city.
5) What to see in Taormina? COMMON VILLAGE
And then there is the Common Village de Taormina, a triumph of flowers and beauty; who wanted the construction was Lady Florence Trevelyan Cacciola, passionate about botany.
6) What to see in Taormina? THE BEACHES
Finally, there are the beaches of Taormina, which are obviously one of the main reasons for visiting Taormina. They’re all wonderful. The beaches of Taormina offer small secluded coves but also wider beaches, equipped with umbrellas and sun loungers; among them, one of the most popular is definitely Isola Bella, close to the city and easily accessible.
About Isola Bella
Isola Bella was declared a nature reserve in 1998, to protect the vegetation of the microhabitat that was formed on this land stretch that arises from the clear waters. A spectacle of nature. We can define it as an exotic place, characterized by a beach of fine white sand, in front, forms a very green island, which is accessible by swimming or on foot on low-tide days. These, in my opinion, are the most valid reasons for choosing Taormina as the goal of a trip.
Map with the attractions in Taormina
How to get to Taormina?
1) How to get to Taormina? BY AIRPLANE
The airport of Catania is the most important in eastern Sicily and beyond, it is the point of arrival for visitors to and around Taormina. The airport offers connections to all major Italian and European cities, including all capitals. From the airport, the train service connects to Catania station every 20 minutes. There is also a direct bus service to Taormina Airport operated by Etna Transportations.
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2) How to get to Taormina? BY TRAIN
From the central station in Catania, we reach the Taormina-Giardini station in just over an hour. Arriving at the Giardino station, to reach Taormina it is necessary to take a bus or taxi. Also find out “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Would you like to save? So buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.
3) How to get to Taormina? BY CAR
The easiest and most convenient way to reach Taormina is by car. We advise the A18 Messina-Catania highway, on payment. Taormina is 40 km away and the journey time is 40 minutes, the ticket costs € 1.80. Read here some Examples of Road Trips in Italy.
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What to do in Taormina? Choosing Taormina, you will be enchanted by its enormous archaeological, artistic and cultural heritage, which will take you back to the beginning of time. Do not forget to taste the excellent local cuisine and finally make peace with the world by strolling along the wonderful beaches.
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