What a place, what a location, what sea. Taormina is Sicily's star and certainly deserves the nickname it has been given. Nestled high on the hillside of Mount Tauro, it has stunning views of the sea, and a wonderful Greek legacy(the spectacular Teatro Greco was built in the third century BC), the beautiful medieval village has everything you need to make itself the choice for thousands of tourists who spend their vacation here. Ignoring July and August, when it really is impossible to enjoy, as you should, the city and its beaches, Taormina is amazing from every point of view. As in any other part of Sicily, here you find charming small hotels, restaurants and excellent designer shops. Add to this spectacular beaches and the silhouette of the legendary and powerful Etna, which always stands out very close on the horizon.
The town of Taormina on Mount Tauro has three treasures. Firstly, its architecture, which transports us to the Middle Ages. Secondly, the wonderful theater carved into the mountain and finally, the volcano of Mount Etna. Most day trips leave from Messina. It is not possible to take the car in the city. There are some parking spaces for buses and minibuses take visitors to the gates of the city. There are lovely shops and nice terraces across the main street of the city. The atmosphere is very quiet.
One of the most requested excursions on the island of Sicily is a visit to the Alcantara Gorges, formed after an eruption of a small volcano north of Etna. The lava flow slid into the sea forming the Schisò. Over time, the river eroded basalt forming high walls and creating an authentic barrel with black-walled gorges, light reflectance gives it an almost magical charm. The name of the river (Alcantara) is of Arabic origin and refers to a Roman bridge built for flood prevention. You may travel long the channel of the gorges in some areas if you have the appropriate equipment (shoes especially). Within the park's territory there are different paths, nature trails and where nature lovers can discover colors, aromas and vegetation. Among the different paths, is the "Path of Health", which is cultivated and processed for aromatic and medicinal plants.
Isola Bella Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, and it's located near Taormina in eastern Sicily. Its clear waters join the spectacular island there, where there are buildings and a small stretch of rocks right up on the beach. It's really worth seeing.
Piazza IV is situated in the middle of the main street of Taormina, Corso Umberto, and you can safely say that it is the main and most central square of the city. It offers a beautiful view of the coast, Etna, and Giardini Naxos, a very nice village just a few kilometres away. There's a church here, too, and the municipal library. Don't miss it!
A beautiful park directly on the coast giving an amazing viewi and the interior is filled with trees and benches, ideal for an afternoon in the shade, preferably in good company! The park is well maintained, it's not huge, but it's really worth a mention. You just can not stop!
Corso Umberto is the main promenade in Taormina and even though its full of thousands of people, its very clean. It is very caracterstic, with a large walk full of tourists, bars, restaurants, and shops selling local products. Do not miss the various shops and expensive trinkets! By the way, you know, if you're in Taormina .... Take a walk along the Corso, it is really exceptional ..