Taormina, Sicily

Taormina, Sicily

On Sicily’s glamorous coast, Taormina offers Ionian vistas framed by fragrant lemon trees and sophisticated trattorias.

Where?

Taormina, Sicily.

Why now?

Perched on the side of a mountain, this resort town is Sicilian
glamour at its finest. Loved by everyone from D.H. Lawrence (who
lived in the town for three years in the twenties) to George and
Amal Clooney, Taormina oozes sophisticated elegance flecked with
Italian charm. Soak up Ionian vistas or potter along cobbled alleys
to find charming trattorias.

Dating back to the 4th-century BCE, Taormina is packed full of
ancient buildings, crumbling ruins and intriguing history. Explore
the Teatro Greco by day to admire views out to Mount Etna or,
better yet, in the summer watch an open-air film in the evening and
crack open a bottle of wine. Exercise lovers should attempt the
climb up Mount Etna or Monte Tauro, while less-limber travellers
can wander around the tropical gardens of Villa Comunale or visit
the 18th-century Chiesa di San Giuseppe.

Don’t miss…

This is The Godfather territory – in the early 70s, Marlon
Brando and Al Pacino were filmed in villages dotted around the
Sicilian hillsides. Take a day trip to Castelmola for sweeping
panoramas across the hills and to visit the ruined castle, or head
to Isola Bella to hike around the nature reserve, reachable only
via a narrow strip of sand.

Who to take with you

Someone up for getting lost among groves upon groves of Sicilian
lemon trees.

When to go

Go at the beginning of July
for the Taormina Film Fest, an awards ceremony dating
back to 1955. Awards have gone to some of the world’s best actors
including Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Colin Firth and Nicole
Kidman.

Where to stay

Stay at Hotel Villa Ducale for delicately designed rooms,
terraces to watch the sunset over Taormina (cold limoncello in
hand), and steep steps leading right down to the town centre.

Most likely to bump into…

Celebrities seeking a quiet corner to escape from movie
madness.

Essentials to bring with you

Slot right in among dazzling celebs (and the bright lemon trees)
with this Mara Hoffman Diana Tencel maxi
dress
. Pair with an Alighieri Woven History gold-plated
cuff
to add a Roman twist.

How to get there

Fly into Catania Airport, from which a transfer to Taormina is
under an hour’s drive.