Taormina

Town and amphitheater, with Mount Etna in the background
Beach in Taormina

Taormina is a charming hillside town on the east coast of Sicily, Italy and is one of the island's main tourist resorts. Whilst Taormina can be hot and busy during July and August, crowded with Italian tourists, it is far more pleasant and (slightly) less busy during the rest of the year.

Many package tourists stay at the nearby beach resorts of Giardini Naxos (below Taormina on the coastline, some 3 km away to the south) and Letojanni about 5 km to the north..

Get in

By train

Regular trains to and from Messina and Catania. However the station (called Taormina-Giardini) is on the seafront 2 km below the centre. There are some buses taking you to Taormina (cost is around €1.70), but it's often more convenient to take a long-distance bus from the centre straight to or from your destination. Walking from the station is scenic but exhausting.

By bus

Regular buses to and from Messina and Catania. Ticket for express bus from Catania Bus Station costs around €3.70.

By plane

Look for flights to Catania. There you can rent a car to get to Taormina.

By ship

Cruise ships occasionally visit, but must anchor/moor offshore. Passengers bus or taxi up to the town.

Get around

By foot

The main street of Taormina is pedestrianised, making it easy to wander around by foot.

By car

If coming in by car, you may enter the town center only to go to a hotel or a rented house: local police may require you to show proof of booking. As an alternative, it's better to park the car at one of the 2 large public car parks ('Parcheggio Lumbi' or "Parcheggio Porta Catania") that you encounter on the outskirts of the city coming in. From there, either walk to the city centre (2 min from 'Parcheggio Porta Catania'/around 10 min but uphill from 'Parcheggio Lumbi') or catch the shuttle buses running continuously to the centre.

However, there are regular shuttle buses down to Giardini-Naxos, the train station, Letojanni and up to Castelmola.

There is also a frequent Cable Car down to the beach at Mazarro. The cable car runs from 8AM till 1AM during the summer months.

See

Taomina's Duomo

Do

Buy

Eat

Taormina has plenty of restaurants. Spada - swordfish - is recommended, except that swordfish stocks are threatened, so use your own judgment.

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

Novara di Sicilia - Located in the provence of Messina on the northern side of Mt. Etna, this picturesque medieval town is nestled in the mountains overlooking ancient Tyndaris and Abacaenum. It is the archetype of a typical medieval town, with its friendly and accommodating people who speak a distinctive dialect.

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