One of the most spectacular summer destinations, the chi-chi resort town of Taormina is exquisite.
Perched on the side of a mountain, Sicily's Taormina radiates a rustic charm; the crumbling pavements, the fragrant zest of orange and lemon trees and the soft conversational mutter of early-morning merchants. It is, unapologetically, Italian.
The air is warm; the sky, a picturesque melange of gold, teal sea-glass and speckled pink. There is a gentle hum, echoing through the town - the evening is aglow with the prospect of dinner, drinks and soirées.
From the decadence of The Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo to the cobblestone construction of the Greek Theatre, Taormina has a timeless air about it. It is old, new and upcoming all at the same time. If all of the above aren't compelling enough reasons to visit, we beckon you to consider the below.
WHERE TO STAY | DORMIRE
1. The Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo | If the prospect of glamorous, Italian finesse is what you're after, then The Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is the ideal place to stay in Taormina. If you desire to sit amidst the hotel's manicured gardens, indulge in their sensational cuisine or sip on an evening cocktail, The Belmond Grand Hotel and its timeless, ornate elegance will be a perfect fit for you.
2. Hotel Isabella | With a breathtaking view, Hotel Isabella is situated in the heart of Taormina. A mere walk from the shops, a trot to the theatre and a stroll to the most delectable restaurants, Hotel Isabella is as unique as the Sicilian monuments which surround it. If you'd like to feel at home, then Hotel Isabella is the perfect destination with its quaint decor and familial ambiance.
WHERE TO GO | ESPLORARE
1. Isola Bella | The soft ripple of waves, crashing against the shore, the speckle of gold flicks upon the water's surface and the neatly aligned umbrellas in duck-egg blue: Isola Bella is one of Taormina's most magical destinations. Only a 15-minute Cable Car from Taormina's centre, Isola Bella has a whimsical aura. Whether you'd prefer to bask in the sun with an aperitif or lie down upon the warm pebbles, scattered across the Island, a trip to Isola Bella is an absolute must.
2. Hotel Villa Diodoro Private Beach | The private beach of gravel and pebbles of the Lido Caparena is a corner of Sicilian paradise. It is a perfect oasis, housed by Hotel Villa Diodoro, which offers a free pass to hotel guests as well as a an entrance ticket fee for external guests. With views of the Calabria coast and on the Ionian Sea, this private beach is a boutique experience, equipped with showers, bars and restaurants to accommodate for the summer visitor.
WHERE TO EAT | MANGIAMO
1. Bam Bar | Both divine in service and food, Taormina's Bam Bar is the thing of dreams. Served in the most delicate glass bowls and upon embellished plates, Bam Bar's granitas, ice-creams and honey-toned brioche, are the ideal afternoon treats. Perfect for a balmy, summer evening, Bam Bar is alive with the clanking of spoons, the chatter of visitors and the gentle trotting of people walking up and down Corso Umberto.
2. Ristorante Rosmarino | Next to the lush, green trove of Villa Comunale, Ristorante Rosmarino is the perfect spot to indulge in traditional Sicilian delicacies. With food comprised of flavours infused by the sun, the earth and the sea, Ristorante Rosmarino produces simple and refined dishes for those who enjoy rustic, local cuisine with rich Mediterranean zest and pungency.