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'''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.
 
'''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..
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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==
 
==Get in==

Revision as of 11:08, 13 July 2007

Town and amphitheater, with Mount Etna in the background

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..

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Get in

By train

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

By bus

Regular buses to and from Messina and Catania.

By plane

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

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 to see proof of booking. In alternative, it's better to park the car at one of the 2 large public parkings ('Parcheggio Lumbi' or "Parcheggio Porta Catania") that you encounter on the outskirts of the city coming in. From there, either walk to the city center (just 2 min from 'Parcheggio Porta Catania'/around 10 min but uphill from 'Parcheggio Lumbi') or catch the shuttle buses running continously to the center.

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.

See

  • Teatro Greco - impressive open-air (mainly Roman(!)) theatre, with great views up and down the coast and across to Mount Etna. Entrance fee €6.00.
  • The Torre dell'Orogio clock tower.

Do

  • Wander up and down the main street - Corso Umberto I taking in the sights

Buy

There are plenty of souvenir shops. The Limoncello - a sweet lemon alcoholic drink served chilled after a meal is refreshing and sold widely.

Eat

Taormina has plenty of restaurants. The Spada - Swordfish is recommended.

Drink

Sleep

Budget

  • Hotel Del Corso, Corso Umberto 238 - Porta Catania, Tel: +39 0942 628698 - Fax: +39 0942 629856, [1]. Hotel del Corso, on Corso Umberto I and the Naxos Bay, in the heart of Taormina.
  • Youth Hostel is friendly and convenient, although difficult to find.
  • The Dolphins Guest House has a number of single, double and triple bed rooms starting from 25 euros. Good location, spacious, and clean accomodation for all travellers. [2].

Mid Range

  • Hotel La Pensione Svizzera Taormina - via Luigi Pirandello, 26 - 93039 Phone +39 0942.23790 fax +39 0942.625906 [3]. In a scenic location in Taormina, just a stone's throw from the town center.
  • Hotel Villa Gaia, Via Fazzello, 34, 98039 Taormina (MESSINA), Ph. +39 0942 23185, Fax +39 0942 23185 [4]. The 2** Hotel Villa Gaia is situated in the historic center of Taormina, just 30 meters from the Duomo, a splendid example of sixteenth-century Gothic architecture, and the famous Corso Umberto I, the most elegant street in the city, with its high fashion boutiques and antique shops. Single room from 85€, double from 120€.
  • Hotel Villa Caterina, Via Silipigni, 17, 98039 Taormina (MESSINA), Ph. +39 0942.24709, Fax +39 0942.24709 [5]. Among the sweet scents and colors of Sicily, a warm hospitality in a dream setting. A splendid villa immersed in greenery, just a few steps away from the sea and the old town center of Taormina. Twin room from 102€.

Splurge

  • Hotel Villa Taormina, Via Tommaso Fazzello, 39, 98039 Taormina (MESSINA), Ph. +39 0942 620072, Fax +39 0942.623003 [6]. An antique residence in the heart of Taormina surrounded by a typical Sicilian garden full of perfumed essences hosts the Hotel Villa Taormina, a small luxurious residence. Antique furnishings, a panoramic terrace with a splendid view.
  • Hotel Villa Carlotta Taormina, Via Pirandello 81, 98039 Taormina (MESSINA) - Ph. +39 0942 626058, Fax 0039 0942 23732 [7]. Castle-like Sicilian villa.
  • Hotel Giardino dei Greci, C.Da Sirina - Via dei Sei Mulini 98030 Giardini Naxos (MESSINA), Tel. +39 0942.51514, Fax +39 0942.550079 [8]. Right on the bay of Taormina, the delightful sea, ancient history and Sicilian traditions combined with lively summer gathering places, seaside promenades and sophisticated and typical locales.

Get out

  • Castelmola - a hilltop village 5km above Taormina with even better views. Several buses up (you can walk down if you have time).
  • Plenty of agencies offer day trips to Mount Etna. You are not allowed to walk right to the top unless you have a guide (and possibly not even then, depending on the state of the eruptive activity), but the lava flows are impressive. It is over 3000m high, so wear warm clothes - it can be cold even in summer, and the top is often covered in cloud.



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