Taormina Holidays

History and culture combined with incredible food and views of Mount Etna make a holiday to Taormina truly special

It's easy to understand why Taormina is one of Sicily's most popular resorts. It's position on the edge of the island means you get incredible views over the sea towards Mount Etna. Spend your days strolling through the historic streets, grabbing a coffee on a sea-view terrace or heading down for a day at the beach in Taormina Mare.

What to see on a holiday to Taormina

There's a lot of history to unpack here. The Greek Theatre is the town's most-known attraction - it also has some of the best Mount Etna views so bring your camera along. If you time your visit with the Taormina Film Festival you can even take in a show here. Just walking through the town is a great way to take in the sights. Head down Corso Umberto for the shops and restaurants, or take the cable car down to Taormina Mare and spend some time on Isola Bella. 

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Why book a holiday to Taormina with Inghams?

We've hand-picked some fantastic hotels in central Taormina so you won't have to go far to explore. We've also got a great selection of excursions so you can get all around the island's best sights. Your holiday is in safe hands with Inghams.

  • from£623pp
  • 44 rooms
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Hotel Villa Sonia is a family-run hotel with plenty of charm. It's in a nice, quiet location in a lovely village that's about a 15-minute drive from Taromina (a free shuttle runs three times a day). It's great to get back here after a busy day exploring and relax over dinner in an authentic restaurant. You get great views from here too - breakfast comes with stunning panoramas over the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna.

  • 146 rooms
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Hotel Ariston is close to the centre of Taormina and the perfect base for those wanting to explore. It's a traditional Sicilian hotel with garden terraces that lead down to the pool area. We love relaxing poolside with a cool drink from the bar. 

  • from£763pp
  • 41 rooms
Hotel Sirius Taormina Pool (1)

Hotel Sirius is in a great location close to the centre of Taormina. The small traditional villa has beautiful Sicilian décor and the rooms all have balconies. When you're not lounging beside the infinity pool, get out and explore the nearby beaches or take a day trip to other parts of Sicily

  • from£708pp
  • 88 rooms
Hotel Excelsior Palace Exterior 2

This superb hotel is centrally located just 50 metres from Taormina's pedestrianised Corso Umberto. We love the sea views from the cliff side setting.

  • from£936pp
  • 102 rooms
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Villa Diodoro is a lovely hotel located on the hillside surrounded by lush gardens. It has amazing views over the Bay of Naxos to Mount Etna that you can enjoy all day long from breakfast to lounging by the pool. All of this just minutes from the historic centre of Taormina. 

  • from£1579pp
  • 24 rooms
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The Ashbee is an elegant, luxury hotel in the heart of Taormina, surrounded by lush gardens and citrus trees and with amazing views over the coastline. 

  • from£619pp
  • 30 rooms
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In the centre of Taormina you'll find the Hotel Isabella, walking distance from local shops, restaurants and Ancient Greek monuments.

Things To Do

Things to see and do

Taormina has some of the most stunning architecture Europe has to offer with the Teatro Greco ruins, Corso Umberto and the Piazza Duomo, which dates back to the 13th century. The pedestrianised Corso Umberto (named for the King of Italy) is home to a fantastic variety of shops, restaurants, cafés and enoteca. Be sure to make a stop at the famed 'Gelatomania', one of the oldest ice cream shops in Taormina with over 50 flavours of gelato to choose from.

Head outside the town and take a trip to Mount Etna. Head to the summit for fantastic island views or stick to the foothills and discover quiant towns and a good vineyard scene.

Food & drink

It's all about Sicily's famous street food in Taormina. There's nothing better than grabbing a snack to eat as you walk around the town. Our favourite is arancini (fried rice balls) and canoli (a sweet ricotta-filled pastry). Olive oil is big business here so ask for a few varieties to dip your bread into while you wait for your main course. You might even find yourself bringing a bottle or two home! We love the local Sicilian wine and the best way to enjoy a glass is on a sea-view terrace. Our favourite is the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo - the views of Mount Etna are unbeatable.

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Take to the road and drive through the lush landscapes of Sicily, passing through olive groves, vineyards and lemon orchards. Explore ancient towns and stunning coastlines, trying the best of Sicilian cuisine as you go. 

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Enjoy a 14 night self-drive adventure through Sicily learning about its diverse cultural heritage, rich history and delicious local cuisine. 

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Discover the beauty of the Mediterranean largest island on this week long self-drive tour. Explore ancient cities, meander along stunning coastlines and delve into the history and culture of this unique and beautiful part of Italy. 

Good to know

  • Visit the Greco Teatro and enjoy views over the Ionian Sea backed by Mount Etna
  • Take the cable car down to Taormina Mare and swim at the picturesque beach of Isola Bella
  • Take a passeggiata along the Corso Umberto lined by shops, cafés and restaurants
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