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Taormina is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Sicily because of its picturesque environment and unique hillside location. It is located south of Messina and north of Catania on the eastern coast of Sicily by the Ionian Sea.
The influx of tourists throughout the year and the busy streets of the city have an air of constant festivity in the city.
The main attractions in Taormina include the 13th century built Cathedral, the Arabic Covaja Palace built in the 10th century, the Baroque Fountain of the 17th century, the Church of St. Joseph and the hilltop Saracen castle. The pedestrianised Corso Umberto I is the main shopping street of the city.
The village of Castelmola on the hill can offer some breathtaking panoramic views, which allow you to observe the city landscape, with Mount Etna visible as well.
Taormina features a number of archaeological sites. Among those by far the most impressive one is the Greek Theater, which clearly tells of the influence of the Ancient Greeks and the ancient history of the town. This theater is only second in Sicily to the world’s largest Greek Theater in Syracuse, the cradle of the Greek civilization on the island of Sicily.
Taormina is famous for its film festival, and has had the privilege of being the favorite town of great artists and literary giants of their time, serving as a cultural and artistic inspiration in itself.
One of the other reasons for the popularity of Taormina is its beautiful beaches. You can access the impressive Taormina beaches from an aerial tramway from the hill, which is a favorite among tourists. The famous beaches of Taormina include the San Giovanni in the Giardini Naxos resort, the Isola Bella Beach, Recanati Beach, the Mazzaro, Letojanni and Fondachello.