Sitting in the brooding shadow of Mount Etna, Taormina enjoys a reputation of being one of Italy’s most fashionable coastal towns, with lovely beaches and an annual calendar that includes drama and film festivals.

Life in the town drifts along slowly, punctuated by days on the sandy beaches, window-shopping excursions amongst the chic boutiques along the Corso Umberto and lingering over cappuccinos in the café-fringed Piazza IX April.

Highlights in town include the magnificent Greek amphitheatre and the pretty nature reserve of Isola Bella. Further afield, there is Mount Etna and, on its slopes, vineyards and hillside villages such as pistachio-producing Bronte.

A stay in Taormina is the perfect accompaniment to a more demanding sightseeing programme in Syracuse or the baroque towns of the Noto Valley.


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