Taormina is a wonderful and little gem in Sicily. It is a characteristic medieval town with typical narrow streets. It has an unquestionable charm, because it is situated on a terrace of Monte Tauro between the sea and the Mount Etna. Taormina is a must for anyone visiting Sicily. Here are a few tips to enjoy a relaxing day in Taormina.
In the morning, head to Isola Bella. Enjoy the crystal clear waters and soak up the sun. Usually, when I’m at the beach I prefer to eat a light sandwich and then going to a restaurant for dinner. I remind you that the prices are high in Taormina and not always the quality of the food is excellent, because it is a touristic place.
If you like fish and you are not satisfied with a sandwich go to Pizzichella Restaurant. It is on the beach, just beyond the stairs and it offers a seafood cuisine. The view is on Isola Bella. The price/quality ratio is good. You can also have lunch on the boat, during the excursions the staff organizes. You can visit Grotta Azzurra and swimming in these waters.
TIP: Another solution for your meal is the self service La Cucina Riccobono in Via Costantino Patricio. Good food, cheap prices. No more than €15 or less to eat a complete meal! Nothing better than a good homemade lasagna or whatever you desire.
Walk through the center. Head to the Greek Theatre and you will be delighted by the ruins of this ancient theatre: columns and steps. This place gives you a stunning view: Etna and the Bay of Naxos. The theatre is still used for performances and events. Go at dusk!
Then, take Corso Umberto I, Taormina’s main street with small alleys, steps, artisans’ workshops and typical restaurants. If you are with your loved one and you want to celebrate a special event have dinner in one of the most romantic restaurants in Taormina!
My favourite bar to eat a delicious icecream is Gelatomania. The price for a cone is €3 and you can put more than one flavour on it. I’m telling it because in the Northern of Italy it is used to pay as many icecream balls as you put. Fortunately here not! I do love icecream! 😉
At the beginning of Corso Umberto I there is the Chiesa di Santa Caterina, which stands on the ruins of the Odeon, built on a Greek temple perhaps dedicated to Aphrodite. When you enter the Church you will see, on the right, the ruins of Greek-Roman era walls and cobbled, enclosed by a wrought iron railing. The portal is made of pink marble from Taormina, while all the openings of the facade are made of a typical stone from Syracuse.
During your walk you will notice characteristic expensive boutiques but also shops of handmade products and sweets. Reach Piazza IX Aprile,whose characteristic is the black and white floor and the view, object of many shots by tourists. Here there is the Baroque Chiesa di San Giuseppe, located right next to the clock tower. On the right, there is the ex Chiesa di Sant’Agostino.
Near Taormina there is another nice village to visit Castelmola. You could have dinner here, because the prices are lower.
Visit Taormina if you are in Sicily! Do you like it?