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£504pp
  • 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.

  • from£498pp
  • 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£608pp
  • 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£582pp
  • 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£970pp
  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 52 rooms
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An authentic Sicilian hotel in the seaside town of Giardini Naxos, the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday in the Mediterranean sunshine. You'll find a large salt water pool in the hotel's gardens, where you can pull up a sun lounger on the terrace and enjoy the sea views. 

Excursions

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Valley of the Temples from £49 per person (full day)

Head to Sicily's most impressive Greek Temples on this excursion. You'll get to explore the archaeological site and discover the ruins, which are among the best preserved in the world. The journey continues towards Scala dei Turchi and its white cliff formations on the south coast of the Island. There are two sandy beaches surrounding the cliffs that you can make your way down to (comfortable shoes are highly recommended).

Departs: Tuesdays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.

Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorges from £103 per person (full day)

This unmissable excursions gets you up close and personal with Europe's most active volcano. You'll drive up to 1,900 metres before taking the cable car to the summit where you can enjoy panoramic views (weather dependant). You'll have some time for lunch and there are some small souvenir shops too. On your way back to Taormina, you'll stop al Alcantara Gorges - black lava walls that have been formed above the Alcantara River.

Departs: Daily except Fridays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.

Palermo from £49 per person (full day)

Head for Sicily's capital on this full-day excursion. See the magnificent Cathedral of Monreale, a mix of western, Byzantine and Islamic architecture. Its original building dates back to 1182. You'll have some free time to explore too - head for the markets and try some of the local food.

Departs: Wednesdays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.

Syracuse & Noto from £50 per person (full day)

The beautiful baroque town of Syracuse is known for its ancient ruins and stunning architecture. You’ll get to explore its thousand-year-old history on this excursion, starting with the incredible cathedral that dominates the piazza. After a short walk, you’ll arrive on the seafront promenade before getting some free time for lunch. With Syracuse’s daily market filled with fresh food and plenty of family-run trattorias and cafés, you’ll be spoilt for choice. After lunch, you’ll stop at the archaeological park before heading to Noto, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its maze of beautiful baroque buildings.

Departs: Mondays and Fridays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.

Mini cruise to the Aeolian Islands - Lipari & Vulcano (full day)

This full-day excursion takes you north to the stunning Aeolian Islands. You'll stop in Lipari first where you can admire the charming landscape and the crystal-clear waters. Visit the old town and archaeological park before having some free time for lunch or a spot of shopping. Next on the agenda is Vulcano, an island known for its black sand beaches, hot springs and mud baths. Before heading back to mainland Sicily, you'll enjoy an hour and a half's sail around the islands to view the Faraglioni, Papa Giovanni rock, the Grotta degli Angeli and the Scoglio della Mummia.

Departs: Wednesdays and Fridays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.

Mini cruise to the Aeolian Islands - Panarea & Stromboli (full day)

Panarea is one of the Aeolian Island's most fashionable islands where luxury yachts fill the tiny harbour and some of Italy's most elite sip prosseco in bustling cafés. You'll have two hours here to wander around - visit the picturesque village, take a swim in the crystal-clear waters or stop for a bite to eat. The afternoon takes you to Stromboli where the smoky volcano dominates the sky. You'll have time to explore before leaving at sun set when you can admire the 'sciara del fuoco', the stream of fire created when the lava flows down the active volcano.

Departs: Thursdays and Sundays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

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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