Things to do in

Taormina

From ancient treasures to Sicilian culture and an active volcano, this town has something for everyone.

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7 things to do in Taormina

A picturesque town in Sicily, Taormina, is home to many of nature's wonders. You'll find the tallest active volcano in all of Europe, and lose yourself in the Blue Grotto afterwards. Explore Taormina!

  • Mount Etna

    1. Mount Etna

    Mount Etna is an adventurous day trip from Taormina. The active volcano is Europe's tallest and is still open to visitors. Take a hike at the base of the mountain or explore the craters at the top. It's sure to be an experience you won't forget!

  • Ancient Theater of Taormina

    2. Ancient Theater of Taormina

    This ancient theater built of bricks is done in a Greek style rather than Roman. See the ancient theater of Taormina in action and get tickets to see an opera or a concert while you're in town.

  • Isola Bella

    3. Isola Bella

    Visit the Isola Bella by ferry from Taormina. Try to plan your day trip so you can catch the annual Stresa Festival which features jazz music and happens every summer.

  • Palazzo Corvaja

    4. Palazzo Corvaja

    Named by the Corvaja family, the Palazzo Corvaja was built in the 10th century in an Arabic style. Take a tour of the inner courtyard and appreciate the particular Arab style arch of the windows and door frames.

  • Ferrovia Circumetnea

    5. Ferrovia Circumetnea

    The Ferrovia Circumetnea is a train line that runs around Sicily. Hailed useful by locals and beautiful by visitors and residents alike, the railway is an experience in and of itself. Take in the Sicilian landscape from the comfort of a train.

  • Blue Grotto

    6. Blue Grotto

    The Blue Grotto, also known as the Grotta Azzurra, is a blue wonder. The cave is lit up with soothing blue lights that ensconce visitors in dancing reflections. Take a boat trip or go scuba diving to really explore the cave.

  • Villa Comunale

    7. Villa Comunale

    The Villa Comunale is a floral paradise you can enjoy any time of day for no money at all. Pop in to stroll the garden and stay for the comfort of lying in the shade of the trees.

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Planning Your Visit

  • What to eat in Taormina?

    Mediterranean staples and Italian traditions rule the cuisine of Taormina. While you're in town, nibble on local dishes like tuna crusted with couscous, grilled zucchini, and of course Sicilian pesto.

  • How to get around Taormina?

    Though it is possible to walk the city center of Taormina, to get further from the center, you'll want to take a local bus or taxi. You can also take the train for beautiful panoramic views and faster travel times.

Good to know

  • Language
    Sicilian and Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Sicily is quite beautiful year-round but to get the most from your visit to Taormina we recommend going in the summer. Long sunny days are the norm in June, July, and August. Plus, you'll be able to catch more local happenings as well.

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What people are saying about Taormina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,207 reviews

Die Tour war klasse organisiert! Nachdem morgens alle 5 Leute aus unserer Gruppe eingesammelt wurden, sind wir zuerst zum Weingut der Etna People gefahren. Dort konnte jeder Wanderschuhe und Jacke für die Tour ausleihen und umziehen, wenn nötig. Die Gruppen wurden super zusammen gestellt. So waren die Leute in unserer Gruppe um die 30 Jahre alt. Unser Guide Ezio, war Klasse! Er konnte uns vieles über die Geschichte der Gegend und zum Leben um den Ätna erzählen. Zusätzlich haben wir etwas off-road die Umgebung erkundet und Ezio hat auch darauf geachtet, dass wir nicht mit den anderen Touri-Gruppen unterwegs sind - vielen Dank dafür! Der Ätna war sehr beeindruckend und wir haben viele kleine Krater entdeckt und haben erfahren, wie diese entstehen. Am Nachmittag sind wir dann noch in die Alcantara Schluchten gefahren, was sehr beeindruckend war. Wir hatten kurz Zeit die Schluchten etwas zu erkunden. Insgesamt ein sehr gelungener Ausflug mit einem super Guide!

The trip to Etna and Taormina was a very special experience. Our tour guide Josephine was able to give us a lot of interesting information. Highly recommended and absolutely to be recommended! It was very comfortable and manageable for everyone.

Beautiful day, windy at highest elevations but our guide Luca kept us moving and busy with his expert commentary about the mountain and it’s challenges. We recommend him for every level of hiker or climber. A wonderful experience.

Marco was our guide and was nothing short of amazing! Pickup was on time and he even brought us fruit from his garden. The wineries were all beautiful. Overall a great experience, I would recommend!

Great experience! Our guide Juli was perfect, communicating in english, german und serbian.