Taormina is a beautiful hilltop town perched on the side of Monte Tauro. Especially popular in the summertime, it’s a lovely 1-2 day stop along the east coast of Sicily with Mt. Etna serving as a backdrop. From Greek and Roman ruins to delicious Sicilian food and shops filled with hand-painted ceramics. You’ll definitely be living la dolce vita in Taormina!
Stroll down Corso Umberto
The charming main street, Corso Umberto is brimming with shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants. Stop halfway at Piazza IX Aprile to people watch and check out the sweeping views over the Ionian sea.
Granita at Bam Bar
A visit to Bam Bar is a must when in Taormina! Granita is a local favourite served the Sicilian way with brioche buns. It’s away from the hustle and bustle of Corso Umberto but very popular with visitors and locals so expect a bit of a wait for a table.
Take a Cooking class
You can’t go to Italy and not try your hand at making your own pasta. Chef Massimo takes you to a local market to shop for ingredients before teaching you how to make traditional Sicilian dishes learnt from his grandmother.
Cool off at Isola Bella
Head down to the beach by taking the cable car from via Pirandello to Mazzarò. A pebble beach set at the foot of the town with sun loungers you can rent for the day.
Dinner at Osteria da Rita
You’ll find this place always has a queue but it’s well worth the wait! Osteria da Rita is tucked away down a side street, with very generous portions on pretty painted plates. With great, friendly service, we ended up eating here twice! Also super reasonably priced.