Taormina lies on the north coast of Sicily and is considered to be a rather glitzy town compared to many of its rural neighbours. Perched high on the cliff tops, Taormina boasts a stunning vantage point and an incredible Greek amphitheatre.
Many people travel to Sicily to visit its classic archaeological sites but there is more to this island than Roman ruins. The food, in typical Italian style, is an integral part of life on the island and Sicily has everything in the way of eating out, from Slow Food organic style cafes to local trattories, farmhouse restaurants and Michelin starred establishments. So if good food is what you want in Sicily, you will not be disappointed.
Taormina and its surrounding area boast a fertile land that produces strong flavours, all used in the regional specialities, such as spaghetti alla Norma, with its fried aubergine, tomato and salted ricotta. Other local dishes include pasta con le sarde, the fresh sardine pasta served with fennel, onions and raisins. There is of course a wonderful selection of seafood too, usually served simply grilled with a splash of lemon.
Our Favourites in Taormina
This place is perfect if you are looking for good food at a reasonable price. It is unpretentious in every way but serves delicious food freshly cooked and prepared with care and attention. The décor inside is typical of southern Italy, the welcome very friendly, the food excellent and the price surprisingly low. You will find this place opposite the public park in town
Ristorante al Duomo
This charming little eatery serves excellent local food prepared to a very high standard. Fish and meat dishes are beautifully cooked and are presented with little fuss. This place’s reputation is built on the quality of its ingredients and the combination of flavours. If you are a couple looking for a romantic night out, phone before you go and ask for the table on the balcony.
This little gem is ideal if you have children. There is a garden inside where you can dine all year round. The food is good and whether you have pasta, pizza or a grilled fish, you will not be disappointed. The atmosphere is very relaxed and children are made to feel very welcome.
This is one of the Michelin-starred restaurants in town and the chef here creates wonderful and rather refined Sicilian dishes. There is a beautiful outdoor terrace with tables and a great panoramic view. What better way to enjoy fabulous food?
And finally we wanted to tell you about this special little place; a cake shop that has that something extra. We love the ‘te fredo’, the cold tea served with a ball of lemon sorbet, but the ‘torta di mandorla’ (almond cake) is also excellent.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Taormina is Catania. Airport transfers take just over an hour and if you book with us at Shuttle Direct, you can guarantee an efficient and reliable service. Catania airport has flights arriving from many of Europe’s main cities, including London, Stuttgart, Rome, Naples, Barcelona and Milan. To make the final part of your journey to your accommodation in Taormina stress free, book Catania airport transfers with us and you will be in good hands.
Where to Stay
Hotel Soleado – This family run hotel is ideal for those travelling on a budget. The Hotel Soleado is located in a residential part of the town within easy reach of the historic city centre where there is a cable car that takes you down to the seafront. With air-conditioned rooms the hotel is very comfortable. Some rooms have a balcony and the breakfast and bar areas have an extensive terrace boasting wonderful sea views.
The Sirius – A step up in terms of price from the Soleado, the Sirius is a charming hotel located 1 km from the historic centre of Taormina. With sea views and a free shuttle service to some of the area’s best beaches, this hotel is a lovely mid range option. There is air-conditioning and satellite TV in every room and there is Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The restaurants offer local specialities as well as international fare.
Grand Hotel San Pietro Relais & Chateaux – The Grand Hotel San Pietro Relais & Chateaux definitely falls at the upper end of the price scale but the fabulous outdoor pool and beautiful terrace are certainly worth it. Rooms at this hotel are comfortable and offer plenty of space, with each offering wonderful views of the either the garden or the sea. TV and satellite channels come as standard as does Wi-Fi and free parking. A 15-minute walk from the historic centre puts this hotel in a prime location for visitors wanting to be close to the action but far enough away to escape if they want to. There is a 24-hour reception service, a gym, massage facilities, Sicilian restaurant, pool bar and free shuttle service to the private beach of the Caparena Hotel. If you are looking for a real treat, this is for you.