Taormina is a town of 11,000 inhabitants in the province of Messina, in the Sicily region. It is 53 km from Messina and 55 km from Catania.
It was the Sicilians who first settled here, then the site passed under Roman and Byzantine rule and was later occupied by Arabs and Normans. Today Taormina is one of the best known seaside resorts in Sicily. Among its jewels, the Greek theater must certainly be remembered, which occupies a panoramic position on the spur of Monte Tauro. What to see in Taormina and surroundings? A tour in the center cannot ignore Corso Umberto and Piazza IX Aprile, with the Church of San Giuseppe and the splendid panoramic view. There are the remains of the Roman Odeon theater, there is medieval Taormina with the cathedral and the Corvaja, Santostefano and Ciampoli palaces. Finally, towards the coast, Isola Bella deserves a little time, for lovers of the sea, diving and fishing. In the surroundings of Taormina there is the splendid village of Castelmola, with its medieval castle and the Alcantara Gorges, formed with the flow of the lava from Etna.
Among the delicacies of the cuisine of Taormina, influenced by Messina recipes, we remember the swordfish rolls, pasta with sardines, caponata, cous cous.