Positano Hotels

Where to stay in Positano? It’s beneficial to understand the layout of the land, or should I say cliff, while choosing Positano hotels. To begin with, you will be in The Vertical City, with tons of steps from beginning of town down to the harbor. At the same time, this is what makes Positano so unique and spectacular.Positano Hotels Therefore, there are some things to consider according to your mobility and preferences.  First, if your hotel is high up on the cliff, you will have stunning views but lots of steps to climb up and down to town center and the beach. Secondly, there are hotels mid-way on the hill which are closer to the center of town with fewer steps to climb. Lastly, there are also hotels down by the beach and just seconds from town center. These are reached by a sloped walkway and have the fewest steps. I will help you discover the best hotels in Positano.              JUMP TO HOTELSPositano Hotels

It is important to know that which ever you choose, there are internal busses that can take you all around. Most upper Positano Italy hotels have bus stops right by their entrances. In addition, porter service is available that will collect your luggage at Piazza dei Mulini (Euro 6 per bag – cash only) and deliver them to your hotel. Piazza dei Mulini is the drop off point in town from which you have to continue on foot to reach many hotels. You can find the porters in front of the Pharmacy (few steps before Piazza Mulini) or just ask the parking attendant or your driver.

First, those charming steps…..

In my opinion, steps are a perfect way to burn off all that delicious Italian food! It’s like an Italian StairMaster – no need to hit the gym! Get a leg workout and your heart pumping while you see the sights. Although steps are the fastest route (shortcut), there are a few inclined winding roads that you can walk back and forth to your destinations. Take your time and enjoy the charm of discovering all the nooks and crannies this beautiful town has to offer. You will find boutiques, cafes, restaurants and of course, the best hotels in Positano.

Second, where is the center of town?Positano Church and Beach

When picking a hotel, I feel it’s good to know where its location is in relationship with town center. This is especially true in Positano because of the vertical layout. The center of Positano is from Piazza dei Mulini to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. The church is set back from the main beach, Spiaggia Grande, within a minutes walk.

TOP POSITANO HOTELS

Le SirenuseLe Sirenuse, Positano

Luxury Hotel – Pool – Breakfast included – Bottom of hill
You will be in the Lap of Luxury!  Here you will find impeccable service, gorgeous surroundings and spectacular views of the sea and beach. Expect to be pampered and let your eyes feast on the beauty of the decor. Enjoy!
Address: Via C. Colombo 30, Positano

Hotel Buca di BaccoHotel Buca di Bacco Positano

Luxury Hotel – Breakfast included – Bottom of hill – Practically on Beach
Buca di Bacco’s location is basically on the beach. It is extremely easy to get to the beachfront restaurants, the ferries and excursion boats as well as all the shops and galleries. Service is excellent. The rooms are spacious and decorated with old world charm. You will love it!
Address: Via Rampa della Teglia 4, Positano

Covo dei SaraceniCovo dei Saraceni Positano

Luxury Hotel – Pool – Breakfast included – Bottom of Hill – On Beach
An ideal location! This is an excellent hotel with a beautiful view right over the beach. They have a wonderful rooftop pool and bar. Rooms and common areas are beautiful.  A perfect choice!
Address: Via Regina Giovanna 5, Positano

Palazzo MuratHotel Palazzo Murat, Positano

Luxury Hotel – Pool – Breakfast included – Bottom of Hill
This hotel is on the prettiest via in all of Positano. It is basically a glamorous oasis in the center of everything! Moreover, this is one of the most beautiful hotels you will find. A gorgeous entryway that opens up into beautiful outdoor garden restaurant. It is a very short walk to the beach.
Address: 23 Via dei Mullini, Positano

Hotel Villa FrancaVilla Franca Positano

Luxury Hotel – Pool – Breakfast included – Top of Hill
Villa Franca is perched high on the hill with incredible views and impeccable service. The hotel and rooms are beautifully decorated. They offer complimentary shuttle to the beach area, which is basically town center.
Address: Via Pasitea 318, Positano

Hotel MiramareHotel Miramare, Positano

Mid-range Hotel – Breakfast included – Middle of Hill
A wonderful hotel with beautiful vistas.  I suggest booking a room with a balcony. It is in a great location because it is close to the main beach area with many restaurants above and below. Address: Via Trara Genoino 29, Positano

Villa La TartanaVilla La Tartana, Positano

Mid-range Hotel – Breakfast included – Bottom of Hill
I happen to love Villa Tartana. It is very close to the beach and tucked away in a little corner. Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. Their breakfast and cappuccino – molto bene! The staff is excellent and will even help you learn Italian! A great mid-range choice right near the beach and town center. Note: Choose an upper room
Address: Via Vito Savino 6/8, Positano

Villa RosaVilla Rosa, Positano

Mid-range Hotel, Breakfast included – Mid to lower Hill
Excellent staff, tastefully decorated, excellent views of the sea and Positano. Wonderful breakfast served in your room – sit on your terrace and enjoy the view!
Address: Via C. Colombo 121, Positano

 

 

 

 


Positano Beaches

When it comes to Amalfi Coast beaches, you will love the scene here. Positano beaches are fabulous, beautiful and everything, including boutiques and cafes, is within a short walk. Sun lovers will enjoy beautiful smooth pebble beaches and gorgeous blue water.Positano Beaches La Scogliera There are full service beach clubs, all with delicious seaside restaurants. Furthermore, there is a public area (Spiaggia Libera) where you are free to bring your own towels and enjoy the day. Spiaggia Grande is the center and main Positano beach. Positano HarborIn addition, there is a small harbor on Spiaggia Grande. Not to mention ferries and excursion boats ready to whisk you off to other Amalfi Coast towns . This Positano Italy beach is one of the largest and glamorous on the Amalfi Coast. It attracts a fashionable crowd from all over the world.

POSITANO BEACH CLUBS

Lido L’IncantoPositano, Lido L'Incanto

Lido L’Incanto offers all the conveniences needed for a fun and relaxing day in the sun and sea. They rents out sun beds, deck chairs and umbrellas.  In addition it provides changing rooms showers and free wi-fi.
Prices: One bed & one umbrella (2017): 1st row is E20; 2nd row is E17.50; 3rd row and after is E15.  If you want 1st row, which is sea-front, I would suggest to advance reserve online or ask your hotel to reserve for you. The 3rd row and after price option is available in person but not available online.  To book online click here.

Positano Blu Bar

Not only does Lido L’Incanto have a delicious restaurant, but they also have the Blu Bar. You should stop and soak up the atmosphere. Order a delightful drinks and enjoy the music.Positano Beach

There is a pretty walkway between the beach and the restaurants.  It is busy with people and even an artist or two painting works of art.

Lido La Scogliera
Positano Beach Scogliera

As you walk down toward the end of the beach, you will find a small corner of paradise, La Scogliera. Partially set on a rocky terrace, you can indulge in excellent service, attention and relaxation in a stunning setting. Positano La ScoglieraThis lido is owned by L’Incanto, and pampers their guests. At sunset, it turns into a romantic lounge/bar from 7:30-10:30pm.  They also have have live music and DJ sets till 11:30 on Sundays and Wednesdays.  In addition, you will find the hottest club on the Amalfi coast located here, Music On the Rocks. Positano nightlife is the best on the Amalfi Coast.

Spiaggia Grande HarborPositano Beach Harbor

Here you will find a small jetty that offers boat excursions, rental boats and a sea taxi service. You can boat to other areas of the Amalfi Coast and to small coves nearby, which can only be accessed by sea. Likewise, there is also a dock for ferries and larger boats. (A great option for transportation to and from Naples) For a unique and delicious lunch, as the sea taxi to take you to Da Adolfo Ristorante.  You can only arrive by boat and it has its own little beach.

Positano Ferry Prices

Summer 2017

Fornillo BeachPositano Fornillo Beach

If you’re looking for a quieter beach which is only a 10 minute scenic walk away, you will enjoy Fornillo Beach. From the Spiaggia Grande harbor, bear right and walk along the costal path. There are a few fully equipped Lidos and the rentals are much less expensive than Spiaggia Grande.

Positano Beaches make you Jump for Joy!

Positano Spiaggia Grande

Girls having fun!


Positano

Positano Italy is a stunning cliffside village located on the Amalfi Coast. Certainly a top resort destination, it is truly a jewel and not to be missed. Indeed, you will fall in love with Positano!  Bougainvillea, vegetation and flowers cascade down buildings and balconies. Boutiques, galleries and cafes line the streets. It is a shoppers paradise. There is a array of amazing hotels and delicious restaurants. Positano Amalfi Coast is absolutely fabulous, dripping with charm, and there is something to do for everyone! Positano

Picturesque Positano is a magical and enchanted village known throughout the world. Celebrities such as Katie Perry, P Diddy and Adam Sandler have been seen here this past summer. It is built into a cliff and is also called the Vertical City. With this in mind, an unusual network of stairways enhance the town. There is only one street for vehicles. Hence, the rest of the village is pedestrian only. Getting around by foot will let you appreciate pastel-colored homes, flower filled terraces and endless steps carved out of the rock. There are narrow pedestrian alleys and, of course, steps that flow down to the busy harbor and beach.Positano, Italy

GETTING AROUND POSITANO

Via dei Mulini is the main road through town that leads down to the beach. The center of town begins at Piazza dei Mulino, which is where all vehicle traffic ends. After that, Via dei Mulini is pedestrian only.  It is a pleasure to stroll and browse in all the art galleries, boutiques and various shops. Try to stop in at Sapori e Porfumi di Positano. The fragrance of the candles and perfumes are fabulous! If you’re lucky to have a chat with the ‘Lemon Lady’, you will find that she is an amazing entrepeneur and spirit! Of course, you will also find an abundance of restaurants and cafes.Positano Shopping

You can reach every corner of this beautiful area without climbing countless steps. The local bus service is easily accessible. Bus stops are indicated with the sign Flavio Gioia and the orange busses have three routes: Interno Positano , which departs every 30 minutes from Piazza dei Mulini which tours around town. Montepertuso Nocelle departs every hour and goes to the higher communities. And lastly, Praiano-Positano, which brings you to the nearby town of Praiano. Furthermore, if you need information on getting here from Naples, read my Naples to Positano Guide.

Those charming steps…..

 

In my opinion, steps are a perfect way to burn off all that delicious Italian food! It’s like an Italian StairMaster – no need to hit the gym! Get a leg workout and your heart pumping while you see the sights. Although steps are the fastest route (shortcut), there are a few inclined winding roads that you can walk back and forth to your destinations. Take your time and enjoy the charm of discovering all the nooks and crannies this beautiful town has to offer. You will find boutiques, cafes, restaurants and of course, the best hotels in Positano.

 

Positano Italy

A few steps from the beach, you will find the church of Santa Maria Assunta. It features a majolica-tiled dome and a 13th-century Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary. Legend says that in the 12th century AD, a ship carrying this same icon came from the sea during a huge storm. The sailors all heard a voice saying, “Posa Posa” which means “leave me here”. Thus the name Positano.  Moreover, this is why the Madonna has been kept in Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta ever since.

Posa Posa – We DO NOT want to leave! Feel the warmth and friendliness of the wonderful locals. They are so welcoming. Take joy in the beauty of the landscape, the gorgeous views, and the pretty beaches. It is simply magical!

Positano

Remember to bring your camera everywhere!

THE BEST OF POSITANO…….

Positano BeachesPositano Amalfi Coast

If you’re looking to bask in the Mediterranean sun, you will love the beaches here.  Sun lovers will enjoy a beautiful smooth pebble beach and gorgeous blue water. Read about Spiaggia Grande and the beach clubs…..Comprehensive Guide to Positano Beaches.

POSITANO HOTELS – WHERE TO STAYPositano Guide

If you don’t know the layout of the land, or should I say cliff, it could be a challenge picking a hotel.  Do you want to be in the heart of town; high up on the cliff with stunning views; or down by the beach with fewer steps to climb.  I will help you in my comprehensive Hotel and Orientation Guide.

Restaurants in PositanoPositano Restaurants

The restaurant scene here is buzzing with delicious southern Italian food and beautiful ambiance. There are so many delicious choices for you!  Restaurant Guide

Positano NightlifePositano Nightlife

Nightlife in this glamorous town consists of everything from dining in a cliffside restaurant with a panoramic view to dancing till the wee hours of the morning in the hottest Amalfi Coast club.  Nightlife Guide.

Getting to Positano Amalfi CoastPositano Transportation

Closest Airport:  Naples Capodichino (NAP).
Various transportation options are available such as: ferry, train & bus, private transfer, and car rental. For comprehensive information on transportation choices, CLICK HERE.

Positano Amalfi Coast

Beautiful Steps

Positano Steps

More Steps!


Getting from Naples to Positano

How to get from Naples to Positano

Closest Airport to Positano is Naples Capodichino (NAP)

Getting from Naples to Positano by car can be more than a thrill (terrifying for some) since most of the road zigzags on the edge of a cliff! Even so, if you elect to drive, you will be rewarded with spectacular views. Moreover, you will have the freedom to stop and visit various Amalfi Coast towns. Thankfully, there is now a tunnel between Sorrento and Positano that cuts out some of the cliff-edge driving. In addition, it is important to realize that when you reach Positano, there is limited parking above the town. Check to see if your hotel offers parking. Naples to Positano            I’ve found that the least expensive choice (train and bus) takes the longest time. Furthermore, it could be the most crowded and inconvenient with luggage. I find that the moderately priced option (ferry) is an easy way to go. The fastest and most comfortable (private driver) is the most expensive. In my opinion, there are things worth splurging on, and things worth skimping. Safety, time, and convenience may be worth the splurge for you.

Naples Airport to Positano Options:

Train & Bus from Naples to Positano 2018Train to Positano    Train and Bus from Naples to Positano

The least expensive way is to take the train to Sorrento and then bus to Positano. First, from the Naples airport, take the free shuttle to Napoli Centrale Garibaldi Train Station. Go to the lower level and take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento which is the last stop. Trains depart every 30/60 minutes and the journey can be up to an hour and a half. Be aware that in the summer months the train from Naples to Sorrento is jammed, with standing room only, and not air conditioned! It can be a very unpleasant ride. You can buy your tickets from an automated ticket machine or the ticket office. Secondly, take the Sita bus to Positano. The bus journey is an additional 35 minutes.
Train Tickets: Naples to Sorrento 4.50e each.
Bus Tickets: Sorrento to Positano 2e each.
Important Note: Remember to validate your train ticket before you get on the train! If you don’t, you can be subject to a fine and must purchase another ticket. Also, be aware of pickpockets on the train.

Naples to Positano Ferry

Naples to Positano Ferry

This is a beautiful way to arrive in Positano. You will enjoy the wonderful cascade of colorful homes clinging to the cliff. Positano’s view from the bay offers you a priceless landscape. First take the airport shuttle to Naples Beverello Harbor. Shuttles depart every 10 minutes. Secondly, when arriving at the harbor, find the Alilauro ticket office to purchase your tickets. The Hydrofoil is about a 40 minute journey to Sorrento and then onward to Positano. Be aware that the ferry pier is on beach level near Spiaggia Grande. There is quite an uphill climb to the hotels. You can always hire a porter service when you arrive. It is a good idea to check your hotel location in relation to the pier. Check out my Positano Hotel Guide for my favorite hotels and their position on the mountain.
Note: CASH ONLY! Many people waited on line only to be turned away to find an ATM.
Ferry times: Go to Alilauro for ferry schedule since it varies according to season.
Tickets: First – One way from Naples to Sorrento is 14.10e. Second – One way from Sorrento to Positano is 20.10e. Total is 34.90 euros per person. Also, luggage is 2.10e per piece, per trip.

Private Transfer to Positano
Positano Transfers

Most of the scenic towns that dot the Amalfi coast, including popular Positano, are not accessible by train. In my opinion, the most hassle-free way is via private car transfer from Naples. If you decide on door to door transport, I highly recommend Renato Como Transfers. They will pick you up at the airport arrivals point, and take you directly to your hotel in Positano. In addition, if you want to sightsee for a few hours, you can stop in Pompeii, Herculaneum or Sorrento. Your luggage will be safely stored in the vehicle. Furthermore, you can also stop for delightful lunch at a cliffside restaurant.  Anything you desire they will accommodate.How to get from Naples to Positano

Whatever option you choose, enjoy getting from Naples to Positano. Relish the breathtaking views and appreciate the locals! Of course, when you are on the Amalfi Coast, make your way to Capri, Sorrento, Ravello and Almafi.

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Lipari Beaches

Lipari beaches cater to every taste; crowded or deserted, white or dark sand. It is one of the most enchanting natural Unesco heritage areas in the world. The crystalline sea attracts thousands of visitors to the Aeiolan Islands, especially beaches in Lipari! Here are some beaches and beach clubs in Lipari to visit.

Cannetto, Spiaggia Bianca, Porticello and Campobianco. 

Spiaggia Bianca

Spiaggia Bianca is a beautiful pebble beach. It is considered the most beautiful on the island.  It has smooth stones and some sand with beautiful, crystal clear, turquoise water. The most popular beach club there is White Beach Club.

White Beach ClubLipari Beaches

White Beach Club has great food and provides rentals of sun beds and umbrellas during the day. In addition, the Happy Hour DJ starts and in the evening, it turns into a crowded, hot club. Have fun and dance the night away!

Cannetto Beach

Cannetto is a small town on Lipari Island.  It has a long sandy beach and various beach clubs.

Coral Beach Club

Lipari Coral Beach

Coral Beach Club is located on Cannetto beach.  It has amazing food and a wonderful staff.  It is about a 15 minute drive from Lipari Town.  Some of the best food we had on our Italian vacation was at Coral Beach. In addition, Coral offers a free shuttle back and forth to the hotels. Coral Beach LipariWhen arriving at the beach area in Lipari, I found that it is not as beautiful as other beaches in Italy but the people and food definitely make up for it! Therefore, don’t expect it to be as amazing as the beaches in Taormina, or Positano.

Campobianco is known for its whiteness.  The sea floor is among the most beautiful in the whole archipelago.

Porticello is in a bay on the northern coast of Lipari. It has beautiful white sand and turquoise water.  Havana Beach Club is the place to go in Porticello.


Greek Theatre Taormina

The Ancient Greek Theatre Taormina is the most significant and popular monument to visit. It is an incredibly beautiful place and a treasure of antiquity. Italians call it Teatro Greco and it is also known as the Greek-Roman Theatre. Not only does it have artistic and historical value, but the scenery itself is stunning.Greek Theatre Taormina

The Greek Theatre is the second largest classical theatre in Sicily. Building began on the Greek Theatre during the 1st century BC, during the Greek era. Afterwards, the Romans reconstructed and enlarged it in the 2nd century AD. The orchestra is in the center and then, set around the orchestra is the auditorium or cunei.  It holds at least 10,000 spectators!  Hunting shows, or venation’s, were very popular in the 3rd century AD.  At that time, Gladiators and wild beasts took center stage. The theatre itself is a testimony to the wealth and prosperity enjoyed by Taormina between the 1st and 3rd century AD.Greek Theatre Taormina Sicily

Getting to the Teatro Greco

Teatro Greco is within walking distance from everywhere in upper Taormina. It is located directly off the main pedestrian walkway, Corso Umberto.  It is by the Porta Messina Arch of Corso Umberto. Walk past beautiful Hotel Timeo and you will find the entrance.
Address:  Via del Teatro Greco, Taormina Sicily

Greek Theatre EventsGreek Theatre Taormina Events

Furthermore, Teatro Greco is the most spectacular ancient venue in the world! Not only is it food for the historian’s soul, but it is also a concert venue for culture and music lovers!  Since the 1950’s it has become a modern entertainment venue.  Shows range from Sting and Brian Wilson to classic operas and the delicious sounds of Il Volo.  Various performances include concerts, operas, theatre productions, and symphonies. Make it an unforgettable night in Taormina -see a show at the Ancient Greek Theatre Taormina.  Click here for upcoming events and to purchase tickets.
Greek Theatre TaorminaGreek Theatre Taormina


Taormina Beaches

Taormina is a wonderful destination for a beach vacation. Perched high upon a cliff is the city of Taormina. However, the beautiful beaches of Taormina are located down below, facing the Ioian sea. This area is know as Taormina Mare. The main road is sprinkled a handful of hotels and a few stand alone restaurants. Cross the street and you will find beautiful bays with several beach clubs, all within walking distance. Taormina beaches are gorgeous. They sparkle with crystal clear, beautiful blue water. Also, they are smooth pebble and rock beaches, which is so pretty.Isola Bella TaorminaOf course the beach clubs (lidos) in Taormina are fully equipped with rentals of beds, umbrellas and towels. Furthermore, they have delicious restaurants on their property. It is Italian custom to take a break from sunning and have lunch at the beach. Additionally, there is also a free public beach connecting to the small pretty island of Isola Bella.Taormina Beaches

At all the beaches you can find excursion boats to take you on a tour of the coast and bring you to the Grotto Azzura. I highly suggest taking the excursion. It is a delightful way to see some lovely areas, including going into caves. The boat also stops for swim in some of the most beautiful waters. There is music, fun and just a fabulous time! This is an experience that you will always remember! I recommend the excursion with Sebastian and Carmello
Price – Summer 2017:  Depends on how many people, it can be from EUR 20 – 25.

Taormina Beaches Excursion Boats

My girls and I on the excursion boat

Let’s go to the Beach Clubs

Getting to the beaches in Taormina

Taormina Cable CarIf you are without a car, many of the hotels have shuttles that will take you to a predetermined beach. A great option is the cable car or in Italian, the funivia. It is located a short five minute walk from the east end of the Corso Umberto.  In my opinion, it is an exhilarating and fun ride down the mountain that only takes a few minutes!  It cost 3 euros one way or 6 roundtrip. Once you arrive at the bottom there are several beaches right across the street, including the free public beach of Isola Bella

Taormina Beach Guide

Having fun in crystal clear water of Isola Bella

Walking to the beaches of Taormina

It is a beautiful scenic walk from Taormina down to the beaches.  It is definitely worth the walk! You can walk down in 30 minutes but it took us about an hour, because we stopped so many times to take pictures of the beautiful scenery and amazing views!
Walking Directions: First, exit the Corso Umberto via the arch of Porta Messina and bear right. Then continue past the funivia station, La Pensione Svizzeria and a gas station.  Second, bear left onto Guradiola Vecchia. You will come to a beautiful lookout area that you cannot miss. It almost looks like an ancient ruin with steps going up to the platform and columns on each side. Here you will wind up taking tons of pictures!  Third, you will see a painted wooden sign that says “Isola Bella” to the left of the steps. This points to the path going down to the beach. Enjoy your walk!

Taormina Travel GuideIn Taormina, don’t worry about time, just stop and smell the roses!  After spending the day at La Plage Resort, we took the funivia back up to town.
Note: The funivia line gets crowded in the late afternoon.  Therefore, give yourself extra time if you have dinner reservations.

Taormina Beach Clubs

Note:  The beach clubs fill up fast.  Therefore, make sure you reserve in advance or make reservations through your hotel for beds and umbrellas.  Consequently, if  you don’t have reservations, make sure you arrive early (11am). If not, your spot will be in the back row – if you get one at all!

La Plage Resort
La Place Resort Taormina Travel

La Plage is a beautiful hotel resort.  However, it’s lido is open to the public. You are able to walk in and rent lounges and umbrellas.  It has a great vibe, music and it’s also very attractive. In addition, you can also use the lounge area and enjoy delicious cocktails and food.
Price – summer 2017: EUR 50 for 2 beds, 2 towels and one umbrella

Lido La Pigna

Lido La Pigna is a lovely lido with a terrific restaurant. Definitely stop here for lunch, it will be delicious!
Price – summer 2017: EUR 40 for 2 beds, 2 towels and one umbrella

Isola Bella Beach

Isola Bella is a tiny island and nature reserve which is connected to the mainland by a small strip of beach.  This is a free public beach that consists of pebbles and smooth rocks.  Just gorgeous!  Bring your own towels!

Letojanni BeachLetojanni Beach Taormina

Letojanni is a costal resort with a long pebbled beach and crystalline water. It is just a 15 minute drive from Taormina and a 10 minute drive from Taormina Mare. The lidos are fully equipped with rentals and restaurants. Usually, the hotel shuttles will take visitors to Letojanni beach.

Paradise Beach Club
Paradise Beach Taormina Italy

This is a very nice beach club with pool, beach facilities and a beautiful garden. In addition they also have the Mojito Bar for drinks and light snacks.

Finally, you can also check out Flamingo Beach and Lido Fly Beach on Letojanni.

 

 


Taormina Restaurants

There is an abundant choice of delicious restaurants in Taormina. Certainly, Italy is noted for its delicious cuisine. And Sicily is unquestionably known for amazing southern Italian food. Taormina restaurants serve local Sicilian specialties such as; arancini, a rice ball filled with meat and peas in a red sauce; Pasta alla Norma, pasta topped with sautéed eggplant and ricotta cheese in a delicious tomato sauce; and of course, stuffed zucchini flower. In addition, there are spectacular pastas, meats and seafood dishes for you to savor. Here are some of the best restaurants in Taormina.

Osteria Rosso DiVinoOsteria RossoDiVino

Fine Dining – One of the best in Taormina. You will enjoy an incredible meal at this charming restaurant. The menu include pastas, seafood and meats which are all outstanding!  A few dishes to savor are the macaroncini with beef ragu, red snapper, lamb and tempura anchovies.  For wine suggestions, try the Etna Bianco, Etna Rossato, or Chianta. Lastly, end your meal with delicious tiramisu or chocolate fondant!  In addition, enjoy the wonderful ambiance. They have a charming balcony in addition to outdoor dining.  Make reservations or ask your hotel to make them for you!
Address:  Via de Spuches 8, Taormina

Casa GioLi
Taormina Casa GioLi

Fine Dining – Casa GioLi boasts a wide variety of food on the menu.  Dishes of meat, seafood and pastas are delicious. Furthermore, they also have an extensive wine selection. The food is delicious!  Try the stuffed zucchini flowers, risotto and beef.  Finally, leave room for dessert!  Try to get a table in their beautiful outdoor garden.  Casa GioLi is above the steps where Daquiri is located.  My suggestion is to enjoy a drink at Daquiri before dinner.  It’s a great place to sit and watch the happenings in the piazza below.
Address:  Via Giordano Bruno 2

La Botte
La Botte Restaurant Taormina

Moderate Dining – We enjoyed a delicious dinner at La Botte. They serve an amazing whole fish baked in salt crust, which makes it moist and delicious. The server removes the crust and expertly filets the fish table-side.  Their pastas are great. Furthermore, they have an extensive wine list.  Enjoy the outdoor dining area.  Make reservations.
Address:  Piazza Santa Domenica 4, Taormina

Da Christina

Casual – This is a family run restaurant that has delicious food. It is perfect for fast food, take out or a casual light dinner.  Try their delicious arancini. Very reasonable prices if you are on a budget.
Address: Via Strabone 2, Taormina

Bam Bar
Bam Bar Taormina

Casual – There are many restaurants in Taormina, but for delicious desserts, Bam Bar is the place to go. They are famous for their granita topped with fresh whipped cream. Your taste buds will be thrilled with delightful desserts, brioche and cappuccino. Everything is fresh and delicious. Not only do they serve up amazing treats, but the atmosphere is just lovely with bright Sicilian ceramic table and tile furnishings.
Address:  Via Di Giovanni 45, Taormina

Restaurants by Taormina Beaches

Villa Carlotta RestaurantVilla Carlotta Restaurant Taormina

Fine Dining – Villa Carlotta is an exceptional restaurant with amazing views from the terrace overlooking the sea. The menu showcases fresh, local, great quality ingredients.  Some absolute stand out dishes: melt in your mouth, Nero D’Avola Filet steak; Swordfish Ravioli; Tuna on a bed of Kiwi & Orange Salad. If you like rose wine, try the Rose di Nere from Noto. The service is excellent and the dishes are beautifully presented.
Address: Via Luigi Pirandello 81, Taormina

Villa AntonioVilla Antonio Taormina

Fine Dining – Villa Antonio is something special. The food, the restaurant, the ambiance and the staff are wonderful. The sweeping views of the sea and Isola Bella cannot be topped. In addition, there is  real dedication to the wine list. Basically, anything on the menu will be delicious!
Address: Via Luigi Pirandello 88, Taormina

 


Nightlife in Taormina

You’re sure to enjoy the nightlife in Taormina since the town buzzes with energy!  Start your evening at one of the many places to have cocktails and relish the wonderful atmosphere.  Furthermore many of the hotels serve cocktails on their terraces or rooftops.  Taormina nightlifeNext, take off to a hot club if you want to dance into the wee hours of the morning. If you are low key or on a family vacation, enjoy the musicians and artists in the streets as well as gelato, granita or dessert! The piazza’s and walkways are busy with happy, beautiful people! You will be kept busy and entertained with Taormina nightlife.

At some point, savor dinner at one of Taormina’s delicious restaurants.  Sicilians usually have dinner between 9 and 10 pm.

Daiquiri Taormina

Daiquiri Cocktail and Wine Bar is situated on one of the most beautiful staircases in the heart of Taormina. The ambiance is terrific with Sicilian sculptures on the steps along with pretty seating areas with comfy pillows. You will enjoy delicious cocktails as well as light bites. This is definitely a place to enjoy the atmosphere and  watch people strolling by in the piazza below. Drink up the atmosphere and the yummy beverages!
Address:  Piazza Duomo, Taormina

La Giara

La Giara is the night club for Taormina.  First of all, it is very beautiful with a modern elegant design.  There is an outdoor area with beautiful views of the the lights shimmering on the sea.  This is a hot spot for Taormina nightlife. Crowds party and dance until the wee hours of the night.  It is centrally located right in the middle of town.  Although it is down a side staircase, you won’t miss it because you will see a red carpet and employees outside.  Admission was free, although there may be a time frame to that.
Address: Vico la Floresta, 1, Taormina

Morgana Bar
Taormina Morgana Bar

Nightlife in Taormina can start at Morgana Bar. It is a chic lounge with an open air garden.  It has a well dressed crowd, delicious cocktails, and good music.  Morgana is a small cozy place, right off Corso Umberto, and great for a nightcap and light bite.
Address: Scesa Morgana, 4

Hotel Timeo
Taormina Hotel Belmond Grand Timeo

For an elegant evening, enjoy a cocktail at the beautiful terrace of Hotel Timeo. You will have stunning views of lights sparkling in the sea as well Mount Etna and the lights of city center. The drinks are delicious and come with a plate of goodies to eat.

CONCERT AT THE GREEK THEATRE

Taormina Greek Theatre

See a show at the Ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina. This is a fully modern entertainment venue.  Shows range from Sting and Brian Wilson to classic operas and the delicious sounds of Il Volo.  Various performances include concerts, operas, theatre productions, and symphonies. Make it an unforgettable night. Click here for upcoming events and to purchase tickets.


Taormina Hotels

TOP HOTELS IN TAORMINA

In the first place, there are so many Taormina hotels to choose from, but which will be the perfect one for you?  Let me help you discover the best Taormina Sicily hotels that you will love. In the first place, here are some things to consider. Do you want to be in the heart of the historical center, or on the outer edges. Do you prefer Taormina hotels with pools? If so, there are only a handful available. Do you want be in the lap of luxury or a stay at a value hotel.  Additionally, you may want to choose a hotel by the beach.  For 6 euros roundtrip, there is a funivia (cable car) from beach to town.  All things considered will help you find your perfect choice!
Taormina View

In my opinion, staying in town center is best.  Taormina is built on a steep hillside overlooking the sea and the views are spectacular.  It is a very walkable town – essentially a pedestrian only resort.  Most hotels are no longer than a 15 minute walk to center. Some are on the main pedestrian walkway, Corso Umberto.

Tip: Before you book, know your hotel basics. Do they have a shuttle to the beaches. Do you have to walk far with your luggage? Is there be a steep climb up to hotel?

TOP TAORMINA HOTELS

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Grand Hotel Timeo

Luxury – For an unforgettable experience, the world-renowned and majestic, Grand Hotel Timeo, will more than fill your every wish.  Situated on a Sicilian clifftop, it overlooks the terracotta rooftops of the medieval town and sports a mesmerizing view of the shimmering Ionian Sea. The rooms are elegant, spacious and beautifully decorated, most with a beautiful views. You will receive personalized service and attention to detail from the amazing staff.

A MUST is relaxing and having a cocktail on their exquisite terrace or a dip in the pool. There are cascading gardens below and a magnificent view of the sea, Taormina rooftops and Mount Etna in the distance. The restaurant has delicious locally sourced Sicilian favorites and, of course, it is the most scenic restaurant I’ve ever been to. The hotel is perfectly located, as it is just steps off Corso Umberto.  It is also next door to the Ancient Greek Theatre, where ancient history mixes with amazing performances.  You will have an amazing experience during your stay at this magnificent hotel.
Tip:  Even if you are not staying here, definitely go for a cocktail, hors d’oeuvres and take in the  amazing view on their grand terrace.  All are welcome.  Dress appropriately.
Address · Via Teatro Greco 59, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Hotel Metropole Taormina

Hotel Metropole Taormina

Luxury with Pool – Incredible views, excellent service and great music on the terrace. Simply my favorite hotel in Taormina is Hotel Metropole. First of all it is located perfectly in the center of town withing walking distance of everything. Secondly, it sits cliffside with spectacular views of the sea from it’s terrace lounge and restaurant. Rooms also have sea views and some have Jacuzzi’s on their balconys. The staff is top notch and will help you with any need. In addition, your car service can pull up to drop off luggage on the lower floor behind hotel

The infinity pool at Metropole is beautiful and refreshing after a hot day of sightseeing. Enjoy a swim and excellent cocktails by the pool!
Address: Corso Umberto 154, Taormina

The Ashbee Hotel
Taormina Ashbee Hotel

The Ashbee Hotel is on the grounds of a restored luxurious 1900’s villa. The rooms are elegant and refined including some with stone fireplaces. It is located 2 minutes outside the beginning of Taormina historic center on the grounds of a beautiful Mediterranean garden . It boasts a large panoramic terrace, an infinity swimming pool and incredible views of the sea. A wonderful view and breakfast is served on their rooftop terrace. You will have a wonderful stay in the beautiful boutique hotel.
Address:  Via San Pancrazio n. 46, Taormina

Hotel Taodomus

Superior – The Taodomus is a wonderful boutique hotel located in the center of Taormina on the wonderful pedestrian street, Corso Umberto. There is a lovely rooftop terrace with beautiful panoramic views.  In the morning, enjoy a delicious, bountiful breakfast served al fresco on the rooftop.  In the evening, watch the sunset and enjoy drinks at the honesty rooftop bar. The rooms are spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated. It is an oasis of calm on the buzzing Corso Umberto, and steps from all that Taormina has to offer!
Tip: Save 10% if you book on  Hotel Taodomus’ website and they will also reserve your parking.
Address: Corso Umberto 224, 98039 Taormina, Sicily

Hotel La Pensione Svizzera
Taormina, Pensione Svizzera

Value: I like La Pensione Svizzera for it’s value, location, cleanliness and wonderful staff. It is a family run Sicilian styled hotel with charming gardens and seating areas. Most rooms have balconies with panoramic sea views and you will be welcomed with a bottle of vino. Be aware that you have to walk up steps as there is no elevator. You will get the best view on the fourth (top) floor.  Breakfast is amazing and served on the outdoor terrace with a view to the sea. This hotel is a five minute walk to Porta Messina, which is the beginning of the Corso Umberto. On your way, you will pass the Cable Car (Funivia) which brings you up and down from Taormina to the beautiful beach area.  In addition, if you walk a few minutes in the other direction, you will find the bus station.
Address: Via Luigi Pirandello 26, 98039 Taormina, Sicily

TAORMINA B&B’s

B&B Varo
Taormina B&B Varo

B&B – This hidden gem is a terrific Bed & Breakfast in a wonderful local home. Varo B&B is perfectly located in beautiful little Piazza Varo. It is just steps (less than one minute) from the center of Corso Umberto.  Alessandra and Federico are the perfect hosts and will help you with anything!  In addition, you will have a wonderful breakfast on their scenic rooftop terrace.  Alessandra makes a wicked apple cake and the best cappuccino!  Absolutely delicious! The rooms and bathrooms are sparkling clean. In my opinion, this is the best B&B in Tormina!  You will love it!
Address:  Piazza Varo 10/12, 98039 Taormina Sicily

TAORMINA BEACH HOTELS

La Plage Resort
Taormina La Plage Resort

Luxury: First of all, La Place Resort is a five star luxury hotel on the beach with a gorgeous view of Isola Bella.  Secondly, the hotel and rooms are absolutely beautiful and elegant.  You will be in the lap of luxury and get VIP treatment from the staff. In addition, they have an exclusive spa to get pampered in.  A great place for a magnificent wedding reception.
Address: Via Nazionale, 107/A, Isola Bella, Taormina