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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 1,490 holiday lettings around Taormina. From 190 villas to 400 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.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Taormina?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Taormina. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Porta Catania: 1,961 holiday lettings
  • Spisone Beach: 1,908 holiday lettings
  • Porta Messina: 1,945 holiday lettings
  • Palazzo Ciampoli: 1,961 holiday lettings
  • Taormina Giardini Station: 1,987 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Taormina listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Taormina?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 190 Villas in Taormina. Our other popular types of Taormina holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 400 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 788 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 11 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Taormina?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 451 holiday homes with pool available in Taormina. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.