Q: What is there to see in Taormina?
A: Taormina is a resort town world famous for cinematography events. Its luxurious atmosphere, fantastic views on the sea and the volcano Etna, its ancient Greek theater have attracted curious travelers from everywhere. Last May (27-29 May, 2017) Taormina was also hosting a G7 summit.
It has a wonderful coastline with crystal clean water and great beaches – the Mazzaro bay, the Isola Bella, Spisone are all scenic and not to miss. The Greek theater is definitely not to be missed, and Giardino Comunale (the Gardens of the comune – or – simply put- the central park of the town) will be a highlight. Taormina is worth a few days to enjoy its luxurious and peaceful pace, and if one has to experience more there are a few places to go/see around within a short drive. The town of Castelmola, Forza d’Agro, Savoca, Alcantara Gole or even Etna are all easily accessible.
Q: What are the best beaches in Taormina?
Isola Bella, Mazzaro bay and Spisone are Taormina’s coastline. All of them are beautiful and different from one another. Expect to pay from 20 to 50 Euro for two sundbeds and an ombrellone in Taormina. Isola Bella and Mazzaro are the most expensive places for the serviced beaches with another fancy one – Stockholm at Spisone.
A good option is Re del Sole at Spisone with prices starting from 15 Euro per 2 sunbeds and an ombrellone, and Lido Delfino at Mazzaro – 25 Euro 2 sunbeds plus an ombrellone.
Q: Where to park in Taormina?
A: There are three main parking facilities in Taormina :
- Parcheggio Lumbi
- Parcheggio Porta Catania
- Parcheggio Mazzaro (inside there is another Parking – Parcheggio Crupi)
The parking station at Porta Catania is at the same level with the main street Corso Umberto, and very convenient if you need to visit the historic center.
However, if your destination/hotel is located on the other side of the Corso, nearer to Porta Messina, then consider Parcheggio Lumbi and the free shuttle service. It runs every 15 minutes from level 0 (available with an elevator) right to the gate of the old town. In addition to a shuttle, there is a steep stairway that leaves from the 4th level.
Parcheggio Mazzaro is convenient for the beach in Taormina. You can also take a cable car (funivia) to the historic center from the parking station at Mazzaro. The cable car brings you up to the historic centre 3 min on foot away from Porta Messina, at Via Luigi Pirandello.
Q: How much does the parking cost in Taormina?
The prices vary depending on season. Expect to pay at least 10 Euro for the full day in summer (Parcheggio Crupi/Mazzaro). Parcheggio Mazzaro costs 1 Euro for the 1st hour, 2 Euro per each following hour of parking.
Q: Do I need to use transport in Taormina?
A: There is usually no need for public transport in Taormina. A traveler may need a parking station, intercity bus stop and a cable car, all available within a short walk from the historic center. You can find an updated information on Taormina infrastructure and public transportation here (only in Italian): http://www.taorminaservizipubblici.it/
For schedules and seasonal timetables, as well as more info about transportation infrastructure in Taormina visit http://www.taorminaservizipubblici.it/ (only in Italian)
Q: What are the timings and the cost of the funivia in Taormina?
A: The working hours are usually from 7.45 am to 8 pm on Mondays and from 7.45 to 8 pm on all the other days. Working hours are also subject to the weather conditions. One-way fee is €3, day-ticket €10, weekly ticket €30 and monthly €50. There are also discounts on multiple single tickets, but this is subject to seasonal changes. Check at the counter if you have to travel often. The cable car of Taormina can be found in Via Luigi Pirandello, 3 minutes walk from Porta Messina and it goes to the bay of Mazzaro.
Q: Is there an Italian language school in Taormina?
A: Babilonia is among the oldest and the biggest Italian language schools in all southern Italy. It is located in a scenic corner of the town, in the very center. It offers private classes, group intensive course for beginners, intermediate or advanced students. They also have interesting combinations of the language course and cooking, language and hiking/trekking and various activities to combine with the studies. Babilonia is located in via Ginnasio 20, just 5 min walk from Porta Messina and even closer to the stunning Greek Theater.