The 10 Best Things to Do in Taormina, Italy

March 22, 2018 Janette Largent

Volcanic Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea provide the cinema-worthy backdrop for Taormina, Sicily's legendary resort town. Twisting medieval streets and a second-century Greek theater add to its romantic air, which inspired the writings of D.H. Lawrence and Truman Capote. Take a cable car to the beach, or walk uphill behind the Church of St. Joseph for panoramic views.
Restaurants in Taormina

1. Ancient Theatre of Taormina

Via Teatro Greco 1, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy +39 0942 23220
Excellent
64%
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Ancient Theatre of Taormina

The view of Mount Etna and the sea beyond is absolutely superb at Taormina's 10,000-seat ancient Greek Amphitheater, which was erected in the third century BC and expanded by the Romans.

Reviewed By Judi M - Trafalgar, Australia

Walked around this massive Greek theatre. Would have liked to see a performance in it as I am amazed that all these old open air relics are being used again while being restored.

2. Chiesa Madonna della Rocca

Via Madonna Rocca | Salita Castello, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
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2%
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

Chiesa Madonna della Rocca

Reviewed By AJ S - Northampton, United Kingdom

A delightfully charming and moving church to sit for a moment in peace. Plenty of interesting history too.

3. Piazza IX Aprile

Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina, Sicily, Italy +39 0942 23243
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
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1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Piazza IX Aprile

Reviewed By Marianne P - Chicago, Illinois

The most romantic spot in Sicily! The Piazza is surrounded by great restaurants. Entertainment was part of the piazza. When I was there, two Sicilians were playing music on their instruments. Outside one of the restaurants, a piano player was entertaining guests and those passing by. The piazza was the sea and Mt. Etna in the background. Truly a little piece of heaven.

4. Italian Opera Taormina

Via Don Bosco, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy +39 340 642 6230
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 482 reviews

Italian Opera Taormina

Embark on an extraordinary journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas. Enjoy music from operas such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d'Amore by G.Donizetti, interpreted by professional singers who have performed in the most important Italian and international Theaters, performed with piano accompaniment. The evening will be held in the Cine Teatro 'San Giorgio' where you will be offered a drink and can take in an extraordinary Panorama view of Taormina

Reviewed By H1CAJ - Cookham, United Kingdom

During September we visited the Italian Opera in Taormina and given the fact that tickets were sold at 30 Euros each, we were pleasantly surprised.......
The mix or arias sung were less known but very enjoyable nonetheless as the soprano was excellent. The tenor was 'good' but clearly slightly inexperienced as in our opinion, his vocals are yet to fully develop.
At the interval, we were delighted to find that 'refreshments' (included in the ticket price) we served on a lovely balcony (overlooking the square below) - these included a glass of bubbly!!
An excellent evening had, I can only recommend a visit to Taormina Opera as a great way to spend an evening whilst in town - Enjoy!!

5. Belvedere Square

98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
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4.5 based on 155 reviews

Belvedere Square

Reviewed By NomadicTraveller7 - Fuerteventura

Most of the individual places in Taormina are quite attractive but nothing special in themselves, with the exception of the Greek temple. It is the sum total of all the attractive places that makes Taormina such a fine place to visit. That said the view is very good from the terraces.

6. Villa Comunale

Via Bagnoli Croce, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Excellent
59%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Villa Comunale

Reviewed By Borzov - Rijeka, Croatia

Once the private garden of the English noble family, this amazing park is from 1922 public property. Lady Florence Trevelyan designed the park as a typical English garden with species and plants from all over the world. While walking through the peaceful and interesting environment, you can admire the fabulous views.

7. Villa Comunale

Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
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4.5 based on 294 reviews

Villa Comunale

Reviewed By Andrew H - Middlesbrough

A nice place to spend a morning away from Taorminas crowds.Lovely Gardens and follys and some poignant war memorials and dedications.There are also fantastic views over the bay and mount Etna.Take the time to discover these Gardens its well worth it.

8. Corso Umberto

Corso Umberto, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Corso Umberto

Reviewed By fencingdad - Ridgefield, New Jersey

Anyone looking to tour Taormina should start their journey thru this main street. It cuts straight thru the town and is the best way to get your bearings of Taormina. Filled w/ restaurants, cafes, shops - venture down the small alleyways to right (toward ocean) - then left (into mountain) - to see plenty of other attractions. Use this street as your focal point to go everywhere, meet and tour the sites of town!

9. Lido Playa Sole Luna

Via Alcide de Gasperi | Lungo Mare Mazzeo, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy +39 0942 37070
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4.5 based on 262 reviews

Lido Playa Sole Luna

Reviewed By Hidrfoot01 - Dallas, Texas

After a stroll thru the streets of Taomina our driver made arrangements to stop here for lunch. We sat under a canvas canopy on the street adjacent to the beach. The restaurant is informal and it was nice to sit and relax after all the walking and shopping. I had fresh pasta with mussels and clams The portion was large. The food was delicious and the price was reasonable. My wife ordered the same and we both had a few oohs and ahs.

10. Isola Bella

Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Excellent
56%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Isola Bella

Taormina is a region that is rich in natural beauty and scenic Beaches, especially Isola Bella that means "the beautiful island."

Reviewed By Esra T

One of best moments i had in sicily was snorkeling on this beautiful island. There are stairs down to the beach (147 steps). We travelled with our 6 months old son. I advise to the the families who travelled with their babies not to take their strollers. Our son was in his baby wrap which gave us more flexibilty.

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