What to do in Taormina, Sicily.
In addition to a beach holiday in Taormina, you will find several interesting historical monuments that you can visit. In Taormina there are not many attractions, but enough for a small resort town. Therefore, if you get tired of lying on the beach, you can easily find something to occupy yourself in the town.
Let’s start with the beach. The main beach of Taormina is called Isola Bella.
Immediately, I note that in Taormina you can find paid and free beaches, plus beaches, which are located on the territory of hotels.
Isola Bella is a free stone beach. Beautiful place, but extremely uncomfortable because there are stones instead of sand. Therefore, I recommend you to go to the paid beaches. The cost of one place per day is 20 euros.
Il Teatro Greco di Taormina.
The next main attraction of Taormina is the ancient Greek theatre named “Il Teatro Greco di Taormina”. The theatre was built by the Greeks in the III century BC.
Today it looks more like ruins, but is nonetheless open to visitors. And moreover, they show there some theatrical performances.
The place where the theatre is located is also attractive due to the fact that it offers an excellent view of the sea coast of Taormina and the surrounding towns.
Look at the photos.
Corso Umberto I.
Corso Umberto I is the main street in Taormina. It starts around Porta Messina and ends in the Porta Catania area. On this street is located the main attractions, shops, cafes, restaurants in Taormina.
By the way, it seems that this is the only street in Taormina, because the parallel streets are too small and mostly residential houses are located on them.
Corso Umberto I from the morning till late evening crowds of tourists and locals walk. Especially it is loaded on weekends and evenings.
Piazza IX Aprile.
Walking along Corso Umberto I you will certainly pass by one of the main squares of Taormina – Piazza IX Aprile.
From Piazza IX Aprile Square, there is a beautiful view of the seaside. And on this square that you can see at once three historical sights of Taormina, made in different architectural styles:
- Church of San Giuseppe (La chiesa barocca di San Giuseppe);
- The former gothic church of Sant’Agostino (L’ex chiesa gotica di Sant’Agostino);
- Clock Tower (Torre dell’Orologio).
La Grotta Azzura.
La Grotta Azzura is a famous blue cave located in Taormina. You can reach it by boat. To do this, you will need to agree with one of the boatmen, who can be found on the beach, or use the services of travel agencies.
I advise you to go on this excursion early in the morning, because the color of the water in the cave changes according to where the sun is. And just in the early morning, the sun’s rays fall into the cave at the right angle and you can admire the beauty of the cave and the beauty of the color of the sea in it.
As a rule, an excursion with a boatman is not limited to a single cave. Since there are several caves on the coast of Taormina, most likely you will be transported by all. But the most beautiful and largest is the cave of La Grotta Azzura. The tour takes 40 – 60 minutes.
Noleggio di barche.
If excursions with a boatman are not enough for you, then you can rent a boat. I recommend that you rent a boat for at least 2 hours, because one hour is not enough in the open sea.
The advantage of renting a boat is that you can sail to any beautiful place and swim in the open sea, in crystal clear water.
As you can see, you will not be bored at all in Taormina. And I have not yet told you about what can be seen outside of Taormina. For example, climb the Etna volcano or visit the ancient Gothic City of Noto. But these are other stories that I will tell you in the following articles.
In the meantime, I wish you a nice day! Thanks for reading my blog. If you have questions – write, I am always glad to answer them.