A Sicilian jewel.

28 May 2019

Gruppo UNA

This southmost Italian island will never disappoint tourists thanks to its amazing history, delicacies and breathtaking natural environment.

Read on for our guide to some of the best places to visit when in this beautiful and peaceful town.

Taormina, Sicily

Places to visit in Taormina.

A trip to Sicily, Italy, will be enriched with a tour around Taormina. If you are planning a visit to this town, you can expect a wealth of places worth visiting. This hilltop town provides impressive views of Mt. Etna and the southeastern Sicilian coast, and it is famed for the wonderfully preserved classical Greek theatre.

Taormina, Sicily

Visit Villa Comunale.

Created in 1780 as a private Royal Promenade for the then King Ferdinando IV Bourbon, Villa Comunale Park was later transformed into a public garden. The park is graced by fountains, statues, several stylish buildings such as the Chiosco della Musica, the Stazione Zoologica and the Casina Pompeiana. This park also hosts a famous antiques market where visitors can purchase great souvenirs and other more essential pieces. Families visiting Sicily with kids will also find a place for their children. There are a playground and a merry-go-round in the southeastern part of the park.

Soak in the sites at  Piazza IX Aprile.

Piazza IX Aprile is the town's centre, and it is where visitors get a real flavour of Taormina life. This centre is bordered by two beautiful churches and lots of appreciable little cafes. Funnily, it is the German-named Wunderbar café that stands out as the favourite for most visitors.

Visit Taormina's old clock tower.

The ancient clock tower is to the left of the historic centre of Taormina. Through the passageway within, tourists can see an amazing Byzantine mosaic which has been an icon of the island for a long time. The mosaic is referred to as Theotokos, meaning “The Mother of God.” It is a concealed part of the town, not frequently visited by tourists, making it a great place to go off the beaten path.

Visit Mount Etna.

Mount Etna is the second-highest mountain and also the biggest and most active volcano in Europe. The mountain has had over 100 eruptions, with the most recent one happening in 1992. There are also numerous cantinas where visitors can stop by for great food and wine grown on the slopes of the mountain's volcano.

Tour the Museo Naturalistico Regionale di Isolabella e Villa Caronia.

This site presents a rugged orography on the southeast slope where the dense vegetation of Mediterranean maquis stands out. The northeast part has a less steep morphology, where several terraces have been created and are connected with paths and stairways supported by stone walls.

Taormina landscape

Where to stay on your trip to Taormina.

Gruppo UNA is delighted to offer guests the perfect base for their trip to Taormina.

Among the hotels in Taormina, the UNAHOTELS Capotaormina stands out as one of the best, with quality services and facilities. This upscale resort is just 3 km from Taormina's Ancient Theatre and 6 km from Alcantara train station. It offers visitors rooms with free Wi-Fi, minifridges and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms have balconies with picturesque views of the sea, while some offer whirlpool tubs and separate living areas. The hotel also provides room service, and breakfast is included.

The amenities provided include three restaurants and three bars which offer sea views and terrace dining. There is also an outdoor saltwater pool and a private beach, a hot tub, a beauty salon and a gym. All to say, the UNAHOTELS Capotaormina offers idyllic vacations on the heavenly Sicilian coast.

Taormina is the ideal place to travel during Summer when the days are bright, the is sun hot and the waters are transparent and crystalline. Visitors can enjoy the sea, beaches and cultural attractions of this peaceful gem of a town.

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