A few steps from the strait that separates Sicily from the Italian peninsula, on a natural terrace overlooking the Ionian Sea.
With its appearance of a medieval village, its ancient Greek soul, the colors and scents of the Mediterranean vegetation, Taormina is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. And the climate of Sicily makes it an ideal destination at any time of the year.
From Porta Messina, you reach the medieval heart of Taormina: Palazzo Corvaia and the seventeenth-century church of San Pancrazio, which stands on the remains of a Greek temple. Not far away, the cavea of the ancient Odeon and the nearby church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria are worth visiting.
Nearby, the road takes you into piazza IX aprile, a terrace from which you can enjoy a wide panorama, while the Porta di Mezzo opened in the seventeenth-century clock tower leads into the medieval quarter of Taormina, with its characteristic buildings with Romanesque and Gothic ornaments and architectural elements. .
The massive defensive palace of the Dukes of Santo Stefano, with Gothic, Arab and Norman elements, and the Badia Vecchia, on the other hand, date back to the Norman era.
Not only history, Taormina is also characterized by a luxuriant nature like that of the public gardens of the Villa Comunale. Don’t miss the famous shows at the ancient Greek theater.
Taormina is also famous for its beaches and during the summer, you cannot resist a refreshing bath in the transparent waters of Giardini Naxos or the beaches of Mazzarò, which can be reached by cable car, from Mazzeo and Lido Spisone, where in the evening there is also a disco. The other beach is Isola Bella, a very small island located in the Bay of Taormina, connected to the mainland by a strip of land, visible at low tide. It is a protected natural oasis that offers unparalleled naturalistic views. Foto Isola Bella Taormina: di gnuckx, wikimedia CC BY 2.0.