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Holidays In Taormina

Taormina Holidays at a Glance

In the 20th century, the dramatic resort town Taormina was home to expatriate artists and writers including D.H. Lawrence. Marlene Dietrich, Truman Capote and Cary Grant were regular visitors and these days the A-listers arrive for the annual film festival in June. Taormina is a perched 800ft above the Ionian Sea, and there are dozens of bars, restaurants and chic boutiques in Corso Umberto, the pedestrianised main thoroughfare. It is also easy to get to the beaches by taking a three-minute by cable car. The town’s ancient Greek theatre was built in 3BC and summer visitors can enjoy opera, ballet and music in this impressive amphitheatre - although views over the sea and snow-capped Mount Etna provide their own drama.



Key Facts - Taormina

  • LanguageItalian
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 39
  • Time Difference+1 hour GMT

Sicily is an island that represents three continents in its history, cuisine, language and even the citizens themselves. Their characters are as varied as their ancestry.  

Throughout the years the island is a host to numerous cultural, artistic and religious events. Just like the Greeks, Easter and Christmas are celebrated with much gusto. Every town or village has a patron saint and commemorates their name day with fireworks, eating and drinking. The culture here is one that must be experienced as it is so unique and memorable. 

Opera and classical music are also popular in Sicily, with Palermo boasting the biggest opera house in Italy, Teatro Massimo. The superb Taormina Greek Theatre, offers as backdrop of Mount Etna, and has an impressive summer schedule every year, which includes concerts and operas featuring international artists. Popular artists, such as James Blunt, have appeared here in recent years. 

For those who adore art, there are many excellent art galleries around the island. The most noteworthy found in Palermo, the Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, the Galleria d'Arte Moderna and the new Museo Regionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Sicilia.

Taormina has plenty of attractions, but by far the most impressive is the old Teatro Greco (which is more Roman than Greek in appearance owing to a Roman first-century redesign). The views from there are absolutely magnificent - with the sea and the beautiful coastline on the left of the horizon and Mount Etna, with its still active volcano, towering up in the landscape to the right. The amphitheatre is also the site of an international film festival and several theatre productions every summer. Other things worth seeing include the Palazzo Corvaja, a building of Arabic origin which today houses the tourist office and a museum of local folklore; an impressive 12th-century clock-tower on Piazza IX Aprile; and the public gardens, which were created by Florence Trevelyan, a Scottish woman who settled in Taormina in 1899.

Taormina has plenty of attractions, but by far the most impressive is the old Teatro Greco (which is more Roman than Greek in appearance owing to a Roman first-century redesign). The views from there are absolutely magnificent - with the sea and the beautiful coastline on the left of the horizon and Mount Etna, with its still active volcano, towering up in the landscape to the right. The amphitheatre is also the site of an international film festival and several theatre productions every summer. Other things worth seeing include the Palazzo Corvaja, a building of Arabic origin which today houses the tourist office and a museum of local folklore; an impressive 12th-century clock-tower on Piazza IX Aprile; and the public gardens, which were created by Florence Trevelyan, a Scottish woman who settled in Taormina in 1899.

Eating/Drinking During Taormina Holidays

Sicilian cooking is the product of ancient traditions here in Sicily and has been widely admired for its mouthwatering cuisine.

The local cusine is fish-based, with traditional dishes that include tune and swordfish with onion and fried 'lampuga' (common dolphinfish). Another speciality is anchovies with toasted breadcrubs. 

A top-class cherry tomato, the Pachino IGP, is grown here, which is why many traditional recipes include fresh or sun dried tomatoes. 

The sweets and deserts include 'cubbaita', a sesame nougat and 'cuccia' a cooked grain-based sweet with cream or ricotta. 

Taormina Holidays Shopping

The colourful, outdoor markets found in Sicily are held on the very same streets today as they were in the 10th Century. The markets offer gastronomic delights and great souvenirs. The most well-known are in Palermo and Catania, however almost every town has its own little market held once a week.

 

Holidays in Taormina - Beaches

There are two sets of beaches near Taormina. The nearest are the pebble beaches of Mazzarò, which are located just below Taormina and can be reached by cable car. The southernmost of these is the most crowded. Isola Bella, a popular islet, is located between the beaches. The area has several coves and grottoes that can be explored. A few miles further south, in Giardini-Naxos, there are long, sandy beaches that are more conducive to swimming.

Weather and climate information

Taormina: Annual Weather Averages. August is the hottest month in Taormina with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is January at 13°C (55°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 14 in July. The wettest month is October with an average of 102mm of rain.

Max Temp C Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Taormina 13 13 15 16 20 25 28 28 25 21 17 14
London 6 7 10 13 17 20 22 21 19 14 10 7

Sunshine Hours Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Taormina 6 8 9 10 12 13 14 13 10 8 8 7
London 1 2 4 5 6 7 6 6 5 3 2 1

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