Taormina and East Sicily

Taormina and East Sicily


Sitting in the brooding shadow of Mount Etna, Taormina enjoys a reputation of being one of Italy’s most fashionable coastal towns, with lovely beaches and an annual calendar that includes drama and film festivals.

Life in the town drifts along slowly, punctuated by days on the sandy beaches, window-shopping amongst the chic boutiques along the Corso Umberto and lingering over cappuccinos in the café-fringed Piazza IX April. Highlights in town include the magnificent Greek amphitheatre and the pretty nature reserve of Isola Bella.

To the south of Taormina, Acireale generally attracts far fewer tourists than Taormina, with the exception of Carnival week when the town hosts one of Sicily’s biggest carnivals.

The imposing presence of Mount Etna overshadows much of Sicily’s east coast and any first time visitors to the area should certainly factor in an excursion or hike. Equally fascinating is a tour of the black lava stone villages that dot its vineyard-carpeted slopes, combined with a wine-tasting at one of the local wineries.

  • Lemon House Bed & Breakfast

    Lemon House BB, Savoca Lemon House is a brand-new addition to Sicily’s touristic narrative. Launching in 2017 in the small hill town of Savoca, the luxury bed & breakfast boasts an exclusive setting ...

    Lemon House Bed & Breakfast

    A love nest for honeymooners, surrounded by hilltop views of sea, sun and greenery.
    5 nights from £ 575 per person including breakfast and fully comprehensive car hire
  • Tenuta Santa Tecla

    Tenuta Santa Tecla, Acireale Get back to nature on a hideaway organic farm just outside Acireale, at the foot of the slopes to Mount Etna. Run by owners Angela and Fabio with a distinctly personal to ...

    Tenuta Santa Tecla

    Rural charm and simplicity at this attractive Agriturismo set between Catania and Taormina on Sicily’s east coast.
    5 nights from £ 425 per person on BB and fully comprehensive car hire
  • Villa Polifemo

    Villa Polifemo, Trecastagni near Mt Etna A high quality villa with a garden and private pool, well situated for exploring Mount Etna and its hillside villages and for visits to Taormina and Catania. ...

    Villa Polifemo

    Mount Etna
    A stylish villa with private swimming pool on the wine-growing slopes of Mount Etna
    Weekly prices
    £1540 - £3900
  • Hotel Villa Carlotta

    Hotel Villa Carlotta, Taormina Stylish and contemporary but with a strong sense of history, the Villa Carlotta sits amidst lush terraced gardens with views through spiky cypress trees towards the Ion ...

    Hotel Villa Carlotta

    Chic and sophisticated, this traditional Taormina hotel is just a short stroll from the town centre
    3 nights from £ 545 per person on BB and private airport transfers
  • Villa Angela

    Villa Angela, Taormina The hotel is designed to take advantage of the spectacular views. Newly-built, the exterior is reminiscent of a Sicilian villa, with wrought-iron balconies that twist away from ...

    Villa Angela

    Terrace views from every room and great hospitality
    5 nights from £ 480 per person on BB and private airport transfers.