Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicily

Situated midway between Messina and Catania (from which it can be reached via highways (autostrada), Taormina is built on an extremely hilly coast, and is approximately a forty-five minute drive away from Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna. The place has been a very popular destination with tourists since the 19th century. It enjoys beautiful beaches (accessible via a Funicular) by the Ionian sea, which is remarkably warm and has a high salt content.


  • Population: ca. 10,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 98039
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0942


Taormina in ancient times was a Greek colony with the name Tauromenium, founded approximately in about 400 BC, which submitted to Roman authority in 212 BC during the Second Punic War.

What to see

  • The Capo Sant'Andrea grottos, that can be reached through organized tours.
  • The Teatro Greco, rebuilt by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. With a diameter of 109 metres, this theater is the second largest of its kind in Sicily. It is frequently used for operatic and theatrical performances and for concerts.

Where to stay