Taormina, on the north-eastern coast of Sicily, is nestled on the side of the hill in the Monte Tauro against the backdrop of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Taormina overlooks sweeping bays below, and has been the subject of numerous paintings and photographs, with artists captivated by the resort’s enchanting beauty. Since the first hotel opened in 1874, Taormina has been offering an idyllic getaway to visitors, and as a result there are apartments and villas in Taormina to suit all tastes and budgets.
The beautiful Mediterranean waters around Taormina allow plenty of opportunity for visitors to take part in water sports including scuba-diving and snorkelling, sailing, fishing, wind-surfing and canoeing.
For those who would prefer to take it easy, the Picciolo Golf Club offers a fantastic 18-hole course just outside of the town. Alternatively, visitors may instead prefer to simply relax on the beach in the beautiful Italian sun or grab a coffee in the Piazza IX Aprile and soak up the Italian atmosphere.
Shoppers will be delighted with the choice on the main walking street, Corso Umberto, where some fabulous bargains may be found with pieces by famous Italian designers available at far less than they would be in Milan or Rome.
Those choosing Taormina as the destination for their self-catering break should also visit the numerous sights of note within the town of Taormina itself, including the Teatro Greco, the second largest amphitheatre on Sicily and the Palazzo Corvajo. Also known as the Parliament Building, the Palazzo Corvajo dates back to the Medieval period, and is now home to the Museum of Anthropology, which displays exhibits dating from between the 16th and 19th centuries.
The Villa Communale de Parco Duca di Cesaro is a fine example of a traditional Sicilian villa, and the surrounding tropical gardens are the perfect place to while away a summer afternoon.
Taormina is located centrally between the two cities of Catania and Messina, and both make an attractive day trip for visitors. Messina offers some stunning architectural sights, including the Cathedral and the church known as the Annunziata dei Catalani, as well as several beautiful fountains around the town. Catania too offers visitors the chance to view many Greek and Roman ruins as well as numerous churches, squares, parks and gardens.
Taormina has hot, dry summers, with temperatures sitting between 20C and 30C in June, July and August. Temperatures remain mild in the winter, usually staying above 10C, although rainfall increases dramatically between October and January.
The closest airport to Taormino is Fontanarossa Airport at Catania (CTA). This is the main airport in Southwest Italy and is well served by many European national airlines as well as several budget airlines. The airport is around 22km from Taormino, but is served by buses, trains and taxis to help you to get from there to your self-catering holiday accommodation.