Taormina is located on the east coast of Sicily. The town is situation on a hill about 250 meters above the sea and this provides for some incredibly scenic views.
Taormina is often characterized as overly touristy and during the peak season it can get crowded. A couple of days is more appropriate to cover not only Taormina, but some of the surrounding sites as well like Mt Etna. If you’re planning on a few days in Taormina, here are some must see sites.
What to See in Taormina
Greek Theater: Taormina's Greek theater was built in the third century BC, renovated by the Romans, and is now used for summer performances. The theater has great views of the sea and Mt. Etna as well.
Medieval Quarter: A clock tower gate serves as the starting point for Taormina's picturesque medieval section with its narrow streets and old shops now selling modern clothing, crafts, and souvenirs.
Corso Umberto: The lively main street through town, Corso Umberto, is lined with shops and bars. Along the street are people-filled squares good for enjoying an outdoor drink and people-watching. One of the best squares is Piazza IX Aprile with great sea views.
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele: Taormina's tourist office is in the unique Palazzo Corvaja, a mix of Arab, Norman, and Catalan-Gothic architecture. The palazzo also houses the Museum of Sicilian Arts and Traditions (closed Mondays). In the square are Santa Caterina Church and remains of a small Roman theater.
Taormina will not disappoint you to be sure. For the best hotel discounts, click on the Hotel Power and Cheapflightsnow links.