Taormina is home to La Malandrina, one of Sicily’s most beautiful towns. Taormina is a true gem on the Mediterranean. Perched above the turquoise blue sea, it offers magnificent views down along the Ionian coast, while the dramatic hillside above it is dotted with medieval architecture and winding streets. One cannot but remain absolutely charmed by the immense beauty of this place.
We feel privileged that we can call this stunning place home, and our love for Taormina was the core in establishing La Malandrina and welcoming guests to Sicily. Our desire is to share Taormina’s beauty with you, so let us take you on a virtual tour of Bella Taormina. And once you fell in love – which we’re sure you will-, then La Malandrina is here to welcome you to the most special vacation of your life.
Corso Umberto is the main artery of the city. It connects all of the most interesting points of Taormina and you can feel the heartbeat of the town, especially in the evenings when people are out meeting friends for aperitivo or grabbing dinner.
Corso Umberto welcomes you at both of its ends with medieval gates – Porta Messina and Porta Catania. These grand arches are the doorways to Taormina and give you the first glimpse into what follows – beautifully restored medieval architecture, facades decorated with Sicilian pottery and covered in colorful flowering plants and piazzas adorned with fountains and churches.
If you love history, make sure to stop by Palazzo Corvaja, the cave of the ancient Odeon, the Church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria and Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano – all on Corso Umberto.
Piazza IX Aprile
Walking along Corso Umberto, the street widens into Piazza IX Aprile – the terrace which boasts a beautiful privileged panorama of the Ionian sea. You will find breathtaking views of the turquoise waters down below and also get a glimpse of majestic Mt. Etna. Not only the views are gorgeous, but the buildings surrounding the piazza are charming as well. Between the 17th-Century Clocktower and The Church of San Giuseppe you will find lovely restaurants and cafes offering the feel of true Italian vacation. Piazza IX Aprile is definitely a photo-worthy spot.
If it is peace and quiet you’re after you can wander the picturesque lanes and side streets, passing through the courtyards and tiny piazzas of the oldest part of Taormina. Don’t be afraid to get lost, Taormina is quite small so you will find your way back to Corso Umberto quite quickly.
One thing that is mandatory on your Taormina trip is visiting the Greek Theatre, the symbol of the city. Standing among cypresses and prickly pears, its cave dug into the rock, Taormina’s Hellenistic Theatre was transformed into an arena by the Romans. It offers a spectacular view onto the turquoise sea that runs all the way to the Calabrian coast in the northeast, to Syracuse in the south, and to the smoking peak of Mt. Etna in the west. Teatro Greco undoubtedly provides the most picturesque vista in all Taormina. Trust us, this will be one of the highlights of your trip.
Giardino Villa Communale
If you love gardens and Positano-like views, you have to visit the quiet garden of Villa Communale. It’s a hidden gem of the city and ideal for a hot day when you yearn for the shade of tropical plants. You will also find here romantic architecture in the park’s buildings’ winding staircases, soaring columns and arches.
This famous piece of paradise is a must to see. The name says it all…beautiful island. It is also referred to as the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Isola Bella, a tiny island situated in the Bay of Taormina and connected to the mainland a by a narrow stretch of land that can only be seen if the tide is low. It is a protected natural oasis, where one can catch glimpses of incomparable natural sceneries. Undoubtedly it is difficult to resist a refreshing swim in the transparent waters. There are plenty of lidos where you can rent a beach bed and spend the day sipping cocktails, snorkeling and enjoying ‘la dolce vita’. You can also take a boat tour around the coast of Taormina and explore the coves and gorgeous rock formations.
If you prefer sandy beaches, we recommend Giardini Naxos near Taormina. It’s popular with the locals due to its long stretch of sandy shores and beautiful views of Taormina.
With its Medieval architecture, its ancient Greek soul and the colors of Mediterranean foliage, Taormina is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. The Sicilian climate makes it an ideal destination any time of the year. No doubt that all kinds of travelers – nature lovers, history buffs and art enthusiasts alike – will find that Taormina does not disappoint.
La Malandrina is here to welcome you to Taormina and create an experience that you will not forget.