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Located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Taormina has been a tourist destination since the 19th century. Given everything it has to offer, it's not hard to see why. Whether you're looking to explore ancient ruins or spend lazy days on the beach, Taormina has it all. And the impressive views of a smoking volcano make the town even more unforgettable.
Taormina’s history is a long one. The town was founded by Greeks in 734 BC, but the native Sicilians had already established a settlement even before that date. Taormina was an important city throughout the Greek period and remained one even after the Romans took over Sicily and made a part of the Empire.
After the fall of Rome, Taormina passed to the Byzantine Empire but was conquered by Muslim forces from Africa in 962. The town was then conquered again by Normans in 1078. This pattern of invasion and conquest continued through the centuries, with Taormina being ruled at various times by the Spanish, French, and the Italians. It became part of a unified Italy in 1860.
Nowadays, Taormina is known as a resort town that receives visitors from all over Europe and around the world. With its history, scenery, and culture, Taormina is destined to remain popular with tourists into the future.
While Taormina is not a large town, it punches above its weight when it comes to things to do. Many of the city's tourists come to spend their days lounging on the sunny beaches and swimming in the crystal clear ocean. And while there's nothing wrong with that, it would be a shame to come here and miss out on some of the other activities Taormina has to offer.
Enjoy a show the way Taormina's ancient residents used to at the Greek theater. Built in the 3rd century BC by the occupying Greeks, this theater was renovated by the Romans and is still used today for summer plays. As well as the action on stage, you’ll find it hard to keep your eyes off the spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and volcanic Mount Etna.
See another side of Taormina's history in the medieval quarter. This picturesque district is a maze of narrow streets and ancient buildings. Wander around here for any length of time, and you'll start to think you've been transported into the past.
Shop like a local on Corso Umberto. Taormina's main street is full of high-end stores, cafés, and restaurants. There is no better place to soak up the atmosphere and mingle with the local residents. No matter what time of day or night you visit, there's always something going on along the Corso.
Take it easy at the Public Gardens. A stroll among the flowers and plants here is the perfect reprieve from the bustle of the lively city. Also, the gardens boast excellent views across Sicily.
Learn more about Taormina's long history at the Regional Archaeological Museum. This institution houses relics from the Greek and Roman periods of the city and helps visitors understand the legacy of these vanished civilizations.
The closest airport to Taormina is in Catania, around an hour away. There is a local bus service that takes passengers from the airport to Taormina, but you may be better off taking a direct shuttle bus instead.
You can also catch a train from Catania’s central station to Taormina. The train runs twice a day and takes around 50 minutes to make the journey.
Taormina's beach is served by a cable car that will take you from the hillside city down to the water and back again. There are also city buses, but the best way to get around Taormina's pedestrianized center is often to walk.
Hot weather and hills don't generally make for pleasant walking conditions. But Taormina is so beautiful, and its ancient heart so pedestrian-friendly, that walking remains the best way to discover the town. Part of Taormina's charm is its lively atmosphere and street life, and there's no better way to experience it than on foot.
Do yourself a favor by dropping off your heavy bags at a Bounce luggage storage service in Taormina. That way, you won't be weighed down while you explore this Sicilian jewel.
Giardini Naxos: Sicily’s period of Greek occupation began at Giardini Naxos. Founded in 734 BC, this was the first outpost of Greek civilization in the area. Nowadays, the ruins of the old city walls and part of the temple still stand, and make a stunning place to ponder the lost civilization that took root here. The ruins can be reached by a bus from Taormina, and the resort town of Giardini Naxos has plenty of restaurants and bars where you can get some refreshment after exploring the ruins. Make sure to leave any heavy bags at a luggage storage shop in Taormina before making the journey.
Isola Bella: The name Isola Bella means Beautiful Island, and this nature reserve south of Taormina lives up to its name – at least partly. A narrow patch of land connects this rocky outcrop to the mainland at low tide, so it may not technically be an island. But it is certainly beautiful. Surrounded by sea grottoes, it makes a great place to swim, sunbathe, and explore just outside the city. Make the trip to the island easier on yourself by leaving any heavy baggage at a Taormina luggage storage location before you visit.
Mount Etna: How often do you get to visit an active volcano? While you're in the area, don't miss the opportunity to visit Europe's largest and most active volcano. Dominating the skyline of Sicily, Mount Etna remains extremely active. If you're lucky, there may even be some visible activity on your visit. Of course, a tall mountain is no place for heavy bags, so be sure to check your possessions at a luggage storage service in Taormina before you visit.
The price for luggage storage in Taormina is just €5.00/bag for the entire day.
There are multiple locations all around Taormina which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Isola Bella, Parco Archeologico Mura Ciclopiche, Greek theatre and many other areas.
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The most popular restaurants to visit are Mazzarò Beach, Bam Bar, and Trattoria Da Nino. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Taormina are The Ashbee Hotel, Hotel Monte Tauro, and Elihotel.
Taormina offers several scenic parks including Alcantara Gorge, Lady Florence Trevelyan Park, and Parco Archeologico di Giardini Naxos.
You can find local tourist information at Gole dell'Alcantara, Pro Loco, and Tourist Office.
If you're looking for a good museum in Taormina, we recommend Corvaja Palace, Museo naturalistico Villa Caronia, and Museum. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Taormina's most popular historical attractions including Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, Parco Archeologico di Giardini Naxos, or Torre Vignazza and monuments like Porta Catania, Messina Gate, or Porta di Mezzo. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of Castle of Sant'Aniceto, Cappella Bonajuto, or Cortina muraria Aragonese.