Day 2 in Taormina starting with a lovely breakfast in our B&B and some planning for the day.
We’re starting with the visit of Taormina’s famous amphitheatre, located a short walk away in the old town. Its location and site are both breathtaking, we’re loving the views of the beach and the old town it offers. Mount Etna makes quite the backdrop (it erupted a couple of days before we arrived, it’s a shame we didn’t get to see it!).
From there we can also see Isola Bella, which was our next stop down near the water. Isola Bella is a tiny little island that used to belong to Florence Trevelyan, English granddaughter of Queen Victoria who lived in Taormina at the end of the 19th century when she married the mayor. She planted great gardens and really helped make Taormina become what it is today, a wonderful green little town.
We decided to walk down from the ampitheatre ( around 20min downhill), then chill in the sun next to Isola Bella before a quick arancini lunch. After enough sun we retreated back to the old town via cable car, just 3€ each way.
We then tried to have a drink at the San Domenico Palace (Place of a famous scene in Le Grand Bleu movie by Luc Besson) following my dad’s advice, but it was unfortunately closed for renovation.
Instead we sat by the Piazza IX Aprile to have a drink and people watch before continuing our sightseeing of the Taormina public gardens, gardens belonging to the same English lady. A very tranquil place.
Our night finishes with a lovely dinner near the Corso Umberto. More pasta, of course!
- You should visit the amphitheater first thing in the morning whilst it’s still quiet and kids free.
- The walk down to Isola Bella is definitely painless and a good way to see the city. To avoid a hellish walk uphill, opt for the cable car on the way back. A cheap and cool way to get back up to the old town.
- Arancinis are a tasty and cheap lunch. Definitely a new fave to eat on the go.