Taormina: Travel to Sicily’s most ancient destination

Taormina: Travel to Sicily’s most ancient destination

Taormina

Taormina is the essence of harmony and Italian, or better, peculiarly Sicilian grace. Arriving here on a luxury yacht charter, tourists fall in love with its glamorous silhouette that exudes the charm of a maritime crossroads, where traditions and histories forever intermingle. This exciting town hangs off a rocky promontory in the heart of a stunning crescent comprising Capo Taormina, Vilagonia and Naxos, making for one of the best holiday spots in the whole of Sicily. The town, a popular tourist destination for centuries with artists and international travellers, has it all. Plan your stop here during your holiday in Sicily and the Aeolian Islandson aluxury yacht charter and expect to get plenty of jaw-dropping views, wonderful beaches, and abundant cultural and architectonic variety.

One of the main tourist spots in Sicily, Taormina’s fully-equipped port is located in Giardini Naxos with advanced berthing facilities and pontoons. The port can accommodate up to 70 boats, including mega-yachts.

Taormina is home to superb beaches, ranging from vast sandy shores to less-explored reaches, to picturesque coves and more. Themost beautiful beaches are on the nature reserve of Isola Bella, an unspoilt dive and snorkeling site, and the inlet of Mazzarò, just out of town, accessible by boat and foot. Use it as a base to sail along the coast in search of slips and secluded coves. Spisone is a large swathe where sand and shingle make room to imposing bluffs. Spiaggia di Villagonia and the city beach of Giardini di Naxos are yet more spots to have a good swim in pristine waters. The list of less busy spots includes Recanati, Schisò, San Giovanni and Porticciolo Saja. Some of these are the scenes of the dancing and musical events that spice up the nightlife in Taormina.

For a nice alternative to the beach, stroll the streets of this beautiful seaside resort and delight in its unmatched dazzling views and architectural beauties. Like many other Italian attractions, Taormina inspired countless artists. Ernest Hemingway was among them, writing of “picturesque lanes, between old houses with stone walls semi-covered by bougainvillea, avenues that opened onto lemon and orange groves, hills covered by the dark green of the olive trees, in front the colour of the sea, shifting from ‘sky blue to blue, to purple”. But Hemingway’s connection with Taormina goes even further. Local journalist Gaetano Saglimbeni discovered that the literary debut of the author, the short story entitled The mercenaries that was published posthumously, was written in Taormina.

Start your art-and-culture tour of the city at the Greek Theater where plays and performances continue to be staged in a lovely frame suspended between sea and sky. The Villa is another lovely attraction resting in the heart of the town, where the locals retreat to read a book and take a stroll amid flowers and a fragrant vegetation: an adorable English garden enopen by Taormina’s finest historical buildings.

Palazzo Corvaja and the Cathedral are two such examples of superb architectural mastery, while Corso Umberto is the main avenue lined with elegant boutiques. For a nice expresso head to one of the bars in Piazza IX Aprile, Piazza Duomo or Vittorio Emanuela.

Taormina’s superb mix of sea, sun, and architectonic charm is a must-see destination if you are going on a holiday to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands on a luxury yacht charter.

 

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