City Guide: Why you should visit Taormina



If you were asked what has been the most beautiful place you have seen in your life, what would your answer be? As for me, I would not hesitate to say that Taormina – a beautiful small city in Italy is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I could live there all my life! According to some, Ernest Hemingway has said that Taormina is so beautiful that it hurts to look at it! On a sleepless night I search my memories for a place that has struck me with its beauty the most. Taormina is such a place. If you are searching for a place with beautiful landscapes, architecture, breathtaking nature, and a place to take it easy, Taormina would be such a place. Rolling hills, Ionian Sea, beautiful flowers, pebble beaches, an ancient Greek theatre, lively bars, ancient churches, various restaurants, shops, exquisite 5-star luxury hotels, coffee shops, and great sea views with Mount Etna – the most active volcano in Europe in the distance! You will find it all in Taormina. It is no wonder that world leaders such as Donald Trump, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Paolo Gentiloni and others met in Taormina for the G7 summit in 2017.

Taormina is one of the most precious jewels in the Mediterranean and sits at the top of a high hill overlooking the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna on the island of Sicily. It has been a very popular tourist destination since the 19th century and has something to offer  everyone, but especially if you are looking for natural beauty and elegance.

Taormina has rich history and offers a worthwhile and meaningful time and opportunity to be in a place that has seen Greeks, Romans, Islamic Empire, French, Spanish and others. All these influences may be felt here. The rich and famous love to come to Taormina in search for the best of the best.

Italian hospitality is outstanding and there is no better place to see it than Taormina and her impeccable luxury hotels. You just may end up measuring luxury and hospitality by what you have seen in Taormina once you visit this unique historic city. However, it is not overbearing or exhausting. The beauty here has a unique taste of simplicity and it is ingrained throughout the fabric of this beautiful Mediterranean city.

I would like to suggest that you may stay at one of the three hotels of the highest quality that I have personally visited in Taormina. Perhaps you may spend a night or two in all of them, feel the Mediterranean ambience, taste their delicious food, wine, especially delicious olives, and enjoy the breathtaking views that each of them offer.

The closest airport to Taormina is located in Catania. Online guides will give you plenty of information about everything to see, eat, and places to go and enjoy. Here are my three top suggestions for the very top quality places to stay in Taormina that offer everything you would be looking for and more – the views of the city from these three would be hard to beat.

Domenico Palace Hotel

 It was here  the G7 summit meetings took place in 2017. Originally, it was a monastery built in 1374. The hotel has spacious facilities, gardens, and magnificent views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. If you are into history and love mystery, art and architecture, you will be very impressed with your stay here.

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo 

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo offers unforgettable nature walks and Ionian Sea views. They have amazing, very well cared for park and gardens. You will enjoy walks here in perfectly cared for environment. The hotel offers a fine restaurant and a great service. Also, the hotel is right next to the Greek ancient theatre.

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

This is another exclusive hotel. The hotel has a great bar with amazing sea views and is located next to the beach, so if the beach is your thing, here is the place that will offer you the highest quality services, views and the beach is included. Also, the property has beautiful outdoor facilities, an  indoor and outdoor bar, a beautiful park, an unforgettable setting where you can enjoy a drink, and a very friendly staff. Make sure you taste their olives here. Absolutely delicious!

If you are looking for a place to remember on a sleepless night and every night – Taormina would be the place! These 3 hotels would give you unforgettable experiences of beauty, elegance, and memories that may last a lifetime.


Janis Brikmanis