There are many ways to spend your free time in Taormina. You can enjoy concerts of classical and modern music in Taormina’s ancient Greek Theatre. As well as the many festivals and annual events, such as Taormina Arte or Taormina Filmfest, which bring national and international music and film stars to Taormina.
You can even plan your whole holiday in Taormina without the need of a car thanks to the town’s excellent transport connections. Bus services will effortlessly bring you to all the top destinations. In addition, Taormina offers many opportunities to taste Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Tourists can choose from among numerous restaurants, bars and pubs.
Taormina offers a variety of options for those who wish to enjoy its nightlife. In addition to what’s available in the heart of the town, you may choose to spend your evenings in the small neighbouring villages of Letojanni and Giardini Naxos.
The sea at Taormina has always played an important economic role for the community, constantly changing and reinventing itself over time: in the past the sea offered employment to a multitude of local fishermen, today it is also a major tourist attraction.
Taormina sits high up on the cliffs, with beautiful beaches stretching out below, such as the small Bay of Mazzarò, sheltered to the south by Capo Sant’Andrea, rich with caves, among which is the Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto). Here, the sound of fishermen calling visitors for a boat trip echoes across the beaches. Beyond the headland extends a gracious bay sweeping round to the Bella island which is linked to the shore by a narrow strip of land. The longest beaches, Spisone and Mazzeo, extend north of Mazzarò.
From here you can reach every corner of the island in a short time, thanks to an effective road network. Major Sicilian towns, such as Catania, Messina, Palermo, Agrigento and Syracuse can be reached from anywhere between half an hour and two and a half hours. Mount Etna is only about twenty kilometres away and within about forty minutes you can reach its upper slopes. Increasingly, tourists like to travel by car or bus in order to explore some of the most remote places. A number of English-language guided bus tours depart from Taormina to places such as Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Palermo and Syracuse.