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Luxury Taormina Holidays

Volcanic vistas

Taormina

The east-coast town of Taormina has a bit of a split personality. The upper part of town is all glitz and glam, with designer boutiques lining cobbled streets and a fantastic restaurant scene. Up here is where you’ll find the majority of Taormina’s sights – medieval churches, centuries-old towers and the well-preserved Greek amphitheatre. The Corso Umberto I is the centre of activity, with a myriad of small streets and alleyways threading off the main thoroughfare.

A cable car links the upper town with Taormina Mare, where you’ll find a handful of bars, shops and restaurants, plus a shingle beach. Across the Gulf of Naxos is Mount Etna – a trip to this towering volcano is a must while you’re in Sicily, although you’ll be able to enjoy standout views of it from all over Taormina.

Our pick of the top hotels in Taormina
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Sicily, Taormina

Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay

Sicily, Taormina
Typical Costs
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Bottle of beer
€4-8
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Bus return
€4-16
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Cup of coffee
€1-6
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Glass of wine
€5-12
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Main course
€10-25
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Small souvenir
€3
Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to Sicily is around 3 hours.

Transfer Time

Transfer time from Catania airport to Taormina is approximately 1 hour. 

When to go

Sicily’s climate is classically Mediterranean, but since the island is surprisingly close to Africa, things really heat up here in summer. The hot, dry weather begins in earnest around June, peaking in the high 20s around July and August. It barely gets cold in Sicily; winters are warm and rainy, while spring’s pleasant mid-teen average is good for walking and cycling, but not quite beach weather.

Visa Information

British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy. 

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