Taormina Travel

Taormina Sicily

Perched upon a cliff above the shimmering sea, surrounded by mountains, Taormina Sicily is the sparkling jewel of Sicily. In the first place you will admire fantastic panoramic views of the sea. Secondly, you will also have a stunning view of famous Mount Etna idly smoking in the distance.
Taormina TravelThe scenery is a feast for your eyes including the magnificent town center.  Taormina’s main gathering place is Piazza IX April, which has amazing views of the sea.  It is in the center of town and a great place to eat, drink, listen to music and people watch.

Piazza Aprile

Taormina is a completely walkable and attractive area with flowers tumbling down balconies of pretty buildings along with narrow cobblestone streets.  The main pedestrian street, Corso Umberto, is simply charming.  In addition, there are two main gathering places, Piazza Aprile and Piazza Duomo.

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Piazza Duomo

You will enjoy excellent restaurants and cafes to visit. Soak up the lively atmosphere of magnificent Taormina Italy. It is filled with people strolling along cobblestone streets listening to musicians singing all the Italian classics. You will enjoy browsing and shopping in the numerous luxury and local stores.

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Taormina Sicily

Views perfect for a picture!

For a bit of history, don’t miss the impressive and famous Greek Amphitheater. Meanwhile, don’t forget to visit the beautiful beaches. Ride the Funicular (cable car) down to the picturesque bay and beaches of Taormina Mare. All the beach clubs have delicious restaurants and also rent beds, towels and umbrellas.
Taormina TravelAll things considered, Taormina Sicily should be on the top of your list when you visit Italy

The Best of Taormina Sicily……..

HOTELS IN TAORMINA
Taormina Hotels

Taormina has fantastic world class hotels, luxury boutique hotels and wonderful B&B’s. Some have pools and most have stunning views.  Go to my TAORMINA HOTEL GUIDE for great hotel suggestions.

RESTAURANTS IN TAORMINA
Taormina Restaurants

Italy is known for its delicious cuisine and the amazing food in Sicily is one of the reasons why!  There are so many regional specialties and delicious fresh ingredients, not to mention the wine. Go to my Taormina Restaurant Guide for some great suggestions.

NIGHTLIFE IN TAORMINA


The town is energized and alive at night.  You will find a vast choice of things to do and places to go.  Dancing, cocktails, music or just getting gelato.  Check out my guide to Taormina Nightlife.

BEACHES IN TAORMINA
Taormina Beaches

THINGS TO DO

Get ready for an Italian adventure as there are countless things to do and see in Sicily.  Taormina is perfect for history, culture, delicious food and awe inspiring sights.

Greek Theatre

Taormina Things do do

The Ancient Greek Theatre is amazing.  During the day take in a show at the Greek Theatre with Mount Etna as a backdrop. There are concerts and operas as varied as Sting and The Barber of Seville.  For upcoming events and tickets click here.

MOUNT ETNA
Taormina Mount Etna

A visit to Mount Etna give you the incredible experience of seeing lava flows up close.

MT. ETNA WINERY TOUR
Taormina Wine Tour

Visit the vineyards and taste the wines of Mount Etna.  There are wonderful local wineries where you can sample the delicious varieties of wine

CASTELMOLA
Castlemola Taormina

Castlemola is a charming little town up the mountain from Taormina.  If you have a few hours, it is worth a visit to this medieval town.

GODFATHER TOUR
Taormina Godfather Tour

Visit some of the iconic film locations of the blockbuster hit The Godfather.

AEOLIAN ISLANDS
Lipari Travel

If you have an extra time, you may want to take a full day trip to the beautiful Aeolian Islands.


Lipari Aeolian Islands Sicily

Lipari, Italy

The picturesque island of Lipari, Italy is the largest and most popular of the Aeolian Islands. The summer brings crowds of Italians to its charming old town (also called Lipari). Furthermore the crystalline turquoise water attracts visitors to its various beaches. Since it is located off the northern coast of Sicily, the climate is warm, and mild. Moreover, it is a great base for visiting the other Aeolian Islands. Most of all, Lipari boasts a picturesque lively Old Town and bustling Marina area also called Lipari.

Fun Fact:  The father of Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss, was born in Lipari!

Lipari town is lively, charming and a perfect area for exploring.  The pretty streets have an array of flowers flowing from balconies. The main walkway is Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Outdoor restaurants, cafes, stores and markets line the corso and surrounding streets. It certainly comes alive at night!  After dinner the town becomes packed with people strolling the streets. The atmosphere is delightful with live musicians performing in the streets. Make sure to go to Marina Corta, a short walk from Corso Vittorio Emanuele.  It is a charming harbor filled with colorful fishing boats. You will see the boats with freshly caught fish being cleaned and readied for  markets and restaurants. In the evening, the marina is bustling with numerous restaurants and people everywhere. We fell in love with the locals, who are so friendly and welcoming.

The Best of Lipari

Here are some of my favorites…

HOTELS  

Grand Hotel Archiduca

Lipari Hotel Arciduca

I like this charming hotel because of it’s perfect location, within a 5 minute walk of the main pedestrian street and the Marina Corta. Grand Hotel Archiduca boasts a jacuzzi pool, nice rooms and a very good complimentary breakfast. Dining is on the terrace overlooking the pool. In addition, it offers a complimentary shuttle to Coral Beach.
Address: G., Via Giuseppe Franza

RESTAURANTS

Ristorante Filippino

Lipari Ristorante Filippino

Fresh seafood served from local fishermen’s catch of the day to your table.  Aeolian specialties of fresh regional seafood cuisine daily – many of which are served with delicious pasta. Very limited English is spoken, but the service was exceptional. Da Filippino also boasts an excellent wine menu.  We enjoyed a delicious Corvo, Glicine 2016. Enjoy your evening dining indoors or outside on a lovely terrace. Ristorante da Filippino is located in the panoramic Piazza del Municipio.
Address:  Piazza Guiseppi Mazzini

La Piazzetta 

Very nice location set in a quaint square right off the main pedestrian street. La Piazzetta has delicious Italian food and very nice ambiance with vine draped outdoor seating. Due to the popularity of this restaurant, you should book early. It becomes extremely crowded after 9:30.  Moderately priced. 
Address:
Piazza d’Austria Salvatore Luigi, Lipari, Italy

NIGHTLIFE

Café La Precchia/Cocktail Bar 

Lipari Cafe la Precchia

Located in the middle of Corso Vittorio Emanuel, this is the place to be for late night music, cocktails or vino. This is a prime place to people watch as the area is literally filled with hundreds of people! Most of all, make new friends here, as the Italians are so welcoming!
Address:  Vittorio Emanuele 180 Lipari, Italy

Il Giardino di Lipari

Lipari Il Giardino

Tucked away on a narrow side street is this hidden gem.  Il Giardino di Lipari has a pretty outdoor garden with great ambiance.  You will enjoy live music, great cocktails, and good local food & wine.
Address:   Via Nuova, Lipari

BEACHES in LIPARI

Beaches on the island of Lipari 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. Click here to read more.

Lipari Beaches

 

THINGS TO DO

Visit the other Aeolian Islands. Excursions leave daily from Marina Corta. There is easy and convenient ferry service on Liberty Lines from Lipari to all the other beautiful Aeolian Islands.

Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano

Lipari Museum

Lipari’s archaeological museum boasts one of Europe’s finest collections of ancient finds.
Address:
Via Castella 2, Lipari

Cattedrale di San Bartolomeo

Lipari Cathedral St. Bartolomew

This beautiful church is the oldest and largest in Lipari.  It honors Lipari’s patron Saint Bartholomew.  It’s treasured relic are the thumbs of St. Bartholomew.

 EVENTS

St. Bartholomew, Patron Saint. August 21-24th 

The most important event on the Aeolian Islands takes place in Lipari Town.   During this four-day holiday, the piazza of Marina Corta holds wonderful concerts.  In addition, there  are open markets selling local foods and unique gift items. The celebration of St. Bartholomew culminates on August 24th with a procession and exciting fireworks.

Bread and Wine Festival, November 10-12th 

Lipari Bread and Wine Festival

Three days of festivities include tastings of local and home made products.  Additionally, it highlights the harvesting and crushing of grapes.  Furthermore, they hold traditional races such as donkey races, or the land-digging speed race.  Wine, bread and roasted meat flavors invade the square with dances and other entertainment.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS

Lipari is easily accessible by ferry or hydrofoil from the Sicilian towns of Milazzo and Messina.  The best departure point is Milazzo, as it has daily ferries leaving almost hourly all day  to Lipari.  On the other hand, Messina has a limited amount of daily ferries to Lipari.  The cost is approximately 19 EUR per person.  They do accept credit cards.