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Why Visit Taormina, Italy

One of the most picturesque and historically rich cities in Sicily, Taormina, is for sure worth a visit. Placed in the north-eastern part of the Italian island high up on hills close to the Mount Etna volcano, the destination is a perfect match for those who want to combine guided sightseeing with exploring nature.

The roots of Taormina go way back to around 730 BC when the first settlement was established there. The area has been since then inhabited by many, including the Greeks and the Romans, who’ve both left a significant trace of their legacy in the city.

Without a doubt, the Teatro Antico, the Greco-Roman Theater, is the primary place to include in your Taormina tour. This unique well-preserved site dates back to 3 BC, the venue was used as a stage for performances of different kind from orchestras to battles of gladiators. Today this location provides stunning photo opportunities as the amphitheater faces the Ionian Sea and opens views of the volcano.

The old town, without question, deserves attention too. Your Taormina sightseeing should include the major square in town, called Piazza IX Aprile, and the street of Corso Umberto I, a great place for shopping for souvenirs or relaxing in one of the many cafes located there. As for historic landmarks, make sure to leave a spot on your Taormina itinerary for the 10th-century Palazzo Corvaja tower, the historic Saracen Castle, the Porta di Mezzo clock tower, the smaller theater called The Odeon, as well as for the 13th-century Duomo.

Certainly, it would be somewhat of crime to not take advantage of the natural surroundings when in Taormina. If you’re the active type, consider joining a guided hike up to Mount Etna volcano. Also, a good idea to brighten up your time in Sicily is going on a boat tour to enjoy the coastal surroundings, as well as check out the famous stunning island, Isola Bella, with fairytale gardens.

Best Things to Do Taormina, Sicily

  • Take in the stunning views of Mount Etna volcano
  • Explore the centuries-old Greco-Roman Theater
  • Sip traditional white almond wine produced in Taormina
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