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Destination guide

Rustic charm meets Italian glamour in Taormina

Perched on a hillside overlooking the shimmering Ionian Sea, Taormina is among Sicily's most romantic and effortlessly elegant destinations. This naturally spectacular region, around an hour by car from majestic Mount Etna, has been settled since ancient times, as evidenced by the crumbling Roman ruins and medieval monuments you'll encounter as you explore. Today, it's a cosmopolitan resort town, with a jam-packed events calendar, chic cafes galore and rustic restaurants where you can feast on Sicilian specialties like succulent swordfish and flavoursome seafood couscous. Taormina holiday rentals range from cosy apartments to sprawling villas with private pools, so you're sure to find one that suits your exact needs.

Things to do

Taormina's astonishing ancient heritage

You'll find an array of captivating attractions within easy reach of your Taormina holiday rental. Top of the list for most visitors is the Ancient Theatre of Taormina, an astonishing amphitheatre constructed in the 3rd century BC. Its elevated vantage point offers breathtaking views of the shimmering bay of Giardini-Naxos, with Mount Etna looming on the horizon. Although the theatre stands in ruins, its acoustics remain exceptional, and it still plays host to an eclectic programme of operas, classical concerts and rock shows. The Palazzo Corvaia is another must-see. This 10th century palace is a compelling mix of Arab, Norman and Gothic architectural styles.

Activities

Fabulous festivities in Taormina

Taormina plays host to a diverse array of flagship events throughout the year, so there's pretty much always something new to experience. Carnival celebrations in February offer a splash of riotous colour at the dullest time of year, while the Taormina Film Fest brings red carpet glamour to the Sicilian countryside each June. Whatever time of year you visit, you'll want to set aside some time to explore the town's chic fashion boutiques, glittering jewellery shops and lively open-air markets. As evening approaches, it's time to join the locals in a laid-back bar for an appetite-stimulating aperitivo cocktail.

Weather

Sultry summers in Taormina

Taormina holiday rentals are highly sought-after during the busy summer season of June to August, when days are typically long, hot and sunny, and nights gloriously balmy. If your travel dates are flexible, May and September are particularly great times to visit, with reliably warm weather and fewer crowds of visitors. Winters are short and extremely mild by European standards, but October to January are the rainiest months.

Natural features

Natural wonders abound around Taormina

It won't escape your attention that the region surrounding Taormina is positively dripping in bucolic spectacle. A brisk, relatively short downhill hike will bring you to the aptly-named Isola Bella, or Beautiful Island, a charmingly untamed nature reserve attached to the mainland by a svelte strip of shingle beach, surrounded by turquoise water. Of course, the local blockbuster natural attraction is Mount Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes. It's perfectly safe to visit most of the time, and offers a sensationally surreal landscape of black sand and lava-formed caves.

How to get there

How to get to and around Taormina

The nearest airport is in Reggio di Calabria (REG-Strait of Messina), located 25.2 mi (40.6 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Catania (CTA-Fontanarossa), which is 29 mi (46.6 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is Taormina Giardini Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Taormina?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,512 holiday lettings around Taormina. From 204 villas to 387 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a beach property in Taormina?

Waking up to sea views and the rhythmic rumble of waves crashing on the shore. This is the stuff holiday dreams are made of! HomeAway has 865 beachside rental properties to take your pick of. Searching for a different holiday vibe? See if any of our other properties steal your heart. Our options here include:

  • 767 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 442 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 360 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Taormina?

Unpack your bags, soak up the view and get the kettle on the boil. If you want a place with all the conveniences of home, an apartment rental is a great way to go. You'll be able to take your pick from 1,148 different options via HomeAway. If you make your reservation quick, you could spend as little as £22 per night. If that doesn't fit with your posse's style, we've got a range of other self-catering accommodation options to pick from, such as:

  • House: 513 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £21 per night.
  • Villa: 231 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £17 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 173 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £22 per night.

Can I stay in Taormina in a large group?

The recipe for a wonderful escape is spending time with friends and family in a completely new place. If you'll be travelling with a big group, HomeAway has options for you. Why not take a peek at the 196 apartment holiday rentals featured here? They're the leading choice for big groups of travellers. Around this area, rental properties that can accommodate larger sized groups include:

  • On the lookout for places that can sleep 6 of you? We have 752 that will be perfect. The prices start from £29 per night.
  • If you have 5 in your group, you'll be thrilled to learn that there are 674 rental properties perfect. You can book one for as little as £21 a night.
  • Searching for properties for rent to suit 8 people? You'll be delighted to know we have 232 that'll be ideal. You can get one from just £26 a night.

You and the squad will be in good hands when you book your Taormina getaway with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Taormina?

Those noisy hotel swimming pools are no place to spend those precious holiday moments! Look through our budget-friendly holiday rentals now and ensure everyone has enough room to spread out. When it comes to seeking out a fantastic deal, your first port of call ought to be Santa Maria La Scala. Here, HomeAway has 64 holiday rentals at an average price of £71 a night. Recanati is another place to consider. HomeAway has 162 and the average price is around £81 a night.