Unlock Taormina

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Unlock Taormina

A tanned man, wet from a dip in the sea, leans on his boat's canopy bar as he chats to friends on the cliff and in the sea

Culinary temptations, archaeological treasures and incomparable views of Mount Etna – we're heading to Taormina for the ultimate Sicilian itinerary. Our next stops? Villa Sant’Andrea and Grand Hotel Timeo.

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Greek Theatre

Any mention of Taormina conjures images of the Greek Theatre—an archeological treasure right next door to Grand Hotel Timeo. It mystifies in the solitude of early morning, and regularly hosts concerts come sundown. If you get the chance to attend, take it. This stunning setting comes alive to the sound of music.

The part-ruined walls of the Greek theatre stand amid semi-tropical plants in stark relief against a cloud speckled blue sky

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Piazza IX Aprile

Piazza IX Aprile is a gorgeous square with cafés and gelaterias. Wander into its two ancient churches and take in Taormina’s diverse architecture. Nearby Corso Umberto offers a perfect slice of retail therapy, whether you’re after the latest Italian fashions or locally made handicrafts. Head to Bam Bar for mouthwatering Sicilian treats.

People wander the checked stone floor of Piazza Nove Aprile and sit at cafés by the faded pink stucco church of San Giuseppe.

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Hire an Ape Calessino and let its three wheels take you to every corner of town. You’ll want to drive up to the village of Castelmola, where the main square boasts sprawling coastline panoramas. Pick your favourite spot for lunch—the views are a perfect accompaniment.

A classic white Piaggeo Ape offers guests great views beyond its open red cabriolet roof, as it explores Taormina's streets

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Aeolian Islands

If you want to explore off the Sicilian coast, visit the volcanic Aeolian islands. Sail to the magical island of Filicudi to feast on warm Aeolian hospitality. Visit the fascinating archeological museum at Lipari. Stroll the streets of Stromboli, made famous by the 1950 film of the same name starring Ingrid Bergman. You will be spoilt for choice.

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Mount Etna

If you’re searching for a more traditional adventure, Mount Etna is a thrilling experience. The craters are reminiscent of Mars and the views are nothing short of spectacular. Sample some of the local honey and stop in at the Planeta winery. The varietals are full-bodied thanks to Etna’s unique mineral rich soil.

Discover Etna Wines

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The Godfather Tour

Nearby to Toarmina, why not discover the world of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy? Discover a traditional way of life at two beautiful hilltop villages that served as filming locations, Forza D’Agrò and Savoca. As you travel around the winding roads, pause at the famous movie locations. These include the Church of Santissima Trinità in Forza D’Agrò, the Church of Santa Lucia and the famous Bar Vitelli in Savoca.

Couple sitting on a bench in an Italian piazza under clear blue skies

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