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Guide to Taormina

A slice of Italian heaven, rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage

One of Italy's most historic destinations, Taormina is a picturesque hilltop town perched on the eastern coast of Sicily. Many holidaying high-rollers flock to this chic destination as it offers a classic Italian blend of designer shopping, divine beaches, ancient artifacts and breathtaking vistas.

Rich in grandeur, the city is neighbor to the active volcano, Mount Etna and what better way to view this magnificent picturesque sight than floating along the Mediterranean waters on your superyacht charter. Taormina offers some outstanding clear watered bays to venture to during your vacation, one of the most popular hotspots is Isola Bella, also known as “The pearl of the Ionian Sea”. A tiny island connected to Taormina by a narrow stretch of sand, Isola Bella is now a nature reserve that attracts many sun worshippers looking for a pebbled beach to snorkel, swim and relax on during their stay. 

As much as there is to see on the water, some of Taormina’s most premier sights are found inland. Wander through the series of slender Italian streets leading you to various authentic cafés and sophisticated bars where you can enjoy watching the world go by in the Italian sunshine. Be sure to give yourself enough time for browsing some of the top designer boutiques before finishing your afternoon with cocktails at Morgana. Here, you can watch world-class mixologists toss silver shakers in tropical-chic surrounds.

For those wanting to immerse themselves in ancient history, be sure not to miss a trip to the ancient Greek amphitheater, Teatro Antico di Taormina. Situated in the most beautiful of settings, the theater is now home to all manner of events, including plays, fashion shows, concerts, and cinema festivals. The Teatro Antico, as its name suggests, started its life in the 3rd Century BC hosting performances of works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes. The views here are simply breathtaking, with the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna providing a natural backdrop behind the stage.

If you’re looking to try some exquisite local cuisine during your superyacht charter vacation head to Otto Geleng, the atmosphere at this restaurant is typical of Taormina and of Sicily’s old villas with tables spread across a lavish terrace adorned with bougainvillea. Enjoy authentic Sicilian dishes whilst overlooking breathtaking views of the bay of Naxos and Etna. 

Packed full of beautiful landmarks, stunning pebbled beaches and picturesque views, Taormina is promised to be the perfect place to visit during your luxury Italian yacht charter vacation. If you are interested in a private crewed yachting vacation in the waters around Taormina, view all superyachts available for Sicily yacht charters today and start planning your next vacation with a recommended yacht charter broker

Alternatively, if you’re looking for some inspiration for things to see and do when traveling around this area, be sure to check out our sample itineraries handpicked by experts with in-depth knowledge of the region.

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Reasons to Visit

Historic and beautiful town
Designer shopping
Ancient Greco-Roman theater
Picturesque views
Mount Etna

Good For

  • Snorkeling
  • Monuments
  • Shopping
  • Fine Dining
  • Volcano

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