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I have just been on my fourth visit to Taormina. It has not changed much since my first trip in 1995 (apart from the 'free WiFi' signs at various cafes and restaurants).

Stunning scenery, historic remains, beautiful gardens, delicious food and gelati to die for - no wonder I keep coming back!

Eating Out

There are very many eateries in Taormina, ranging from snack bars where you can pick up an arancino (Sicilian rice ball) or pizza relatively cheaply, to some very upmarket restaurants.

We established the 'swordfish scale' for evaluating the expensiveness of restaurants. Virtually all of them have grilled swordfish (pesce spada) on the menu, but prices range from around 12 euros to 20 and above. Down in Giardini Naxos, the scale goes down to 9 euros!


Taormina really comes to life at night. There's lots of strolling around, window shopping, listening to live music and eating gelati.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pretty, lots of pottering, great food
  • Cons:Touristy
  • Last visit to Taormina: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Hi Sally, enjoyed the tour of Taormina, excellent information on what to see and do, also how to move around on public transport. Have visited Italy 3 times , most recent June 2014. Have always wanted to visit Sicily and it looks like another long flight.

    • SallyM's Profile Photo
      Oct 19, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Hi Mike! Thanks for visiting my page. I love Italy. Although I like to explore new places, Taormina is a place I can keep returning to. The combination of history, scenery and great food is just irresistible.


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