Alternate Title: 6 Reasons To Stop What You’re Doing and Go To Taormina Immediately
As eloquently put in this Huffington Post article (anything published on Huff Post is SCIENCE, people), Taormina Is Perfection in Sicilian Form:
This hilltop Sicilian town is a mesmerizing juxtaposition of medieval towers, luxury shopping alleys, a walkable island, crystal-blue beaches and its grand highlight: an ancient, ruinous theater which some experts peg at more than 2,000 years old.
I couldn’t agree more. The tiny, cliff-clinging
city town was founded by the Ancient Greeks in 3rd century BC, where it was later held by a variety of rulers include the French, the Romans and the Spanish. Today, it’s a major hot-spot for the Wealthy: those looking to soak up some Sicilian sun between trips to designer boutiques and sips of vino di mandorle (an exquisite almond dessert wine).
Piccola Taormina doesn’t have many historical sights, but still boasts some of the most beautiful views in the entire country. Here are my top 6 most beautiful places to see while visiting Taormina:
1. Isola Bella
2. The Greek Theater
3. Villa Comunale
4. Piazza IX Aprile
5. Corso Umberto
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Unless you have a lot of money to spend at all of Taormina’s beautiful restaurants and seaside bars, you can easily see all of the above in just one day: Wake up in the city center and spend the morning wandering Corso Umberto, viewing the Greek Theater and exploring the public gardens before they’re bogged with tourists. Spend the afternoon enjoying the sun at Isola Bella. Finish the day in Castelmola admiring the view with a glass of almond wine at the famous Bar Turrisi (click and you’ll see why). Perfection!
Taormina is quite a bit more expensive than any other city in Sicily, but it’s absolutely a must-see for any traveler and is easily accessible from the mainland.
What are your favourite spots in Taormina?