Visiting Taormina? Here’s the must-see list I give to my friends

25th March, 2015


Taormina in Italy is without a doubt one of my favourite places in the world. Not only did I used to go there a lot when I was little, it’s also the place where Luke and I got married. I always get asked by my friends what they should see and do when they visit there and I always share the same list with them. If you’re planning a little trip away to enjoy the European summer this year definitely consider adding Taormina to your list – I promise you’ll love it. Here’s the must-see list…

Things to do: 

  • Visit Mazzaro beach and/or Isola Bella Beach.
  • Go to Bam Bar for a granita (an ice drink the Italians eat for breakfast). This is where all the locals go. It’s delicious!
  • Do a boat tour to see the grottos. You can get a boat at Mazzaro beach.
  • Visit the Greek Theatre in town (see if there is a performance you can see at night).
  • Visit the Taormina Public Gardens (Giardino Pubblico). It has stunning views over the bay to Giardini Naxos and Etna.
  • Visit Castelmola, a small town above Taormina. It has incredible views (and visit Bar Turrisi – it’s hilarious!).
  • If you have a few days, do a tour to Mt Etna. (It takes a day and it’s REALLY cold up top so take a jumper!)
  • You can also do the Godfather tour.

Places to eat:

  • Il Delfino Restaurant- it’s on Mazzaro Beach so it’s great for lunch off the beach. Really nice fresh fish!
  • Maffei’s Restaurant. Best food with a lovely courtyard setting.
  • Hotel Timeo (this is where we had our wedding reception) go there for sunset drinks and/or dinner. Delicious food and a stunning setting.
  • Ristorante L’Arco Dei Cappuccini- great food!
  • Ristorante Baronessa- rooftop dining so it has a beautiful view.
  • Granduca Restaurant- great pizza.

Places to drink: 

  • Metropole Hotel- great for sunset drinks.
  • Grand Hotel Timeo – stunning setting for sunset drinks (and try their peach bellini’s!)
  • Morgana Bar- garden bar for after dinner drinks…. and dancing!

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  • Reply Nancy Amalfi 13th July, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Kate tips tegardingTaormina were great ticked off your list!! Fantastic suggestions !! Thanjs

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