Taormina Travel Blog

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BEAUTIFUL TAORMINA!!! The train station is actually in an adjoining town called Giardinni Naxos, and we took a taxi to Taormina itself which is located up a wonderfully windy road. Arriving in the early evening, we settled into our apartment, and it was like a load off our feet. Putting our things down and heading out into the town, we stepped into a picture-perfect setting. Taormina's main street has lots of cool shops lining it, cafes, gelaterias etc. but the really pretty part is the little streets coming off the main street, overlooked by cute little balconies covered in draping colourful flowers.

At least part of every day was spent lounging on the gorgeous beach which can be reached by cable car.

We also visited Isola Bella, only 100m down the road from the cable car (come out of the carpark and turn right, walk up the hill and you'll shortly see it). It is really picturesque and worth the walk, but we enjoyed lazing around on the beach right at the bottom of the cable car best. We also took a boat excursion to the Azure Grotto, which also stopped off at a number of other places, well worth it. Nothing beats sitting on a boat with a cocktail in hand, wind blowing through your hair and the sun shining on you. Also got to swim out off the headland, it was perfect and the water is so clear and blue.

The main touristy sight is the Greek Theatre, a truly impressive sight and fantastic views from it out across the coastline and looking back on Taormina town. If you see a massive mountain behind the stage, it's Mt Etna - absolutely huge, and when we were there, erupting!! If the weather is partially cloudy, sometimes Mt Etna looks like it's floating in the sky, really amazing.

The town seemed fairly quiet most nights we were there, but we were told Saturday night was really different, so we hung around to find out. It was really true, suddenly the town was absolutely heaving, especially an area off the main street called Piazzeta Giuseppe Garibaldi which had lots of cool bars and clubs around it. If you follow Vico F. Paladini from the main street, it leads down to the Piazzeta.

Food is amazing, I ate nothing but seafood whilst there (swordfish being a speciality). MUST TRY: Granite, a frozen ice treat, absolutely delicious. Almond is the local speciality, but melon and kiwi are also scrumptious!

Taormina had everything, a nightlife, delicious food, gorgeous beach, cool shopping, I want to go back!!

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