Taormina, Sicily

March 1

A quintessential Italian cliffside town, I completely understand that Taormina causes its visitors to decide that they have fallen in love with Italy: with spectacular sea views and the oft snow-capped Mt. Etna in the distance, the town also claims ancient ruins and a 2500+ year old history. 

A no-brainer on any itinerary. Just not in high season.

Taormina is in my personal category of Places-That-Are-Definitely-Fabulous-In-Low-Season. In July and August, expect crowds. And yet, it is undeniably worth a visit.


  • climb up to the ancient ruins of the teatro Greco, a Greek theatre updated by the Romans (see photo), which is still used for performances;
  • spend time in town: visit the cathedral; admire the town’s varied architecture; shop along Corso Umberto; visit the medieval quarter, the entrance to which is marked by a clock tower;
  • take in the views from Piazza IX Aprile, or even better from the ruins of the medieval castle on top of Monte Tauro  
  • visit the gorgeous beach on Isola Bella
  • in the summer, check the performance schedule of Taormina Arte to see a show in the teatro Greco. 

In the early 20th century Taormina became a colony of expat intellectuals, artists and writers from around Europe, and I definitely notice a more international vibe than anywhere else in Sicily. 

Personally my next visit to Taormina will be in February, because I hear its Carnevale is the best in Sicily.

Photo of teatro Greco by Sanjay

Italy map with Taormina dot

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