Taormina is located about midway between Messina and Catania. Like a number of other Sicilian cities, it has long been a popular holiday destination, owing to the unique combination of picturesque Mediterranean surroundings, welcoming climate and luxurious hotels. Taormina is perched on a cliff and overlooks the Ionian Sea. Its beaches on the sea, accessible via an aerial tramway, are especially attractive. The age-old history of Taormina has shaped its unique air, and its old churches are worth a sightseeing tour. Dining and nightlife opportunities are especially attractive while holiday in Taormina, with the number of bars and restaurants welcoming tourists with excellent service. A little distance further south, located on a bay, is the seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Also south of Taormina is the Isola Bella nature reserve. A short drive away to Taormina is Etna, Europe's largest active volcano.
For a comfortable holiday in Sicily, tourists can accommodate in deluxe hotels in Taormina providing immaculate services. Hotel Imperiale boasts deluxe mountain view rooms, deluxe sea view rooms, pool suites, terrace suites, spa and restaurants. Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace offers accommodation in double rooms and junior suites, private beach for comfortable sunbathing, spa facilities. Grand Hotel Timeo is located in a park spanning approximately 215,300 square feet (about 20,000 square meters), a swimming pool, health and beauty center, and fitness area; its garden looks out on the Volcano Etna, the Greek theater and the sea; the congress center is ideal for business events. Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay features double rooms, junior suites, swimming pool, spa facilities, open-air restaurant. Hotel Romano Palace offers classic double rooms, double superior rooms, double deluxe rooms, swimming pool, and private gardens.
Many budget hotels in Taormina are located in tranquil surroundings as well and afford stunning picture perfect views of the majestic Etna volcano. Hotel Bel Soggiorno has a 19th century charm, a large salon and wrought iron veranda, as well as wrought iron lamps and bedsteads. The Lemon Tree Apartments is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, and offers swimming pool and private terraces. Verde Mare B&B is just steps away from the sea, in the vicinity of archeological excavations of the ancient city, featuring an ample garden. Villa Regina, in the central area of Castemola, a village over Taormina, offers an unequaled panorama of the Ionian and Calabrian coasts; tourists are served rich and delicious breakfasts on the terrace overlooking the ancient square, and rooms have private balconies.
The large number of superior hotels and resorts, as well as the warmth of the Mediterranean climate lends a special attractiveness to a holiday in Taormina. The summer is particularly suitable for a vacation for tourists keen on taking part in local life, as manifestations and events abound in that season: pop and classical concerts, operas; the setting for the events, the "Ancient Theater", is unique. The "Taormina Film Fest", part of the "Taormina Arte" events, is a well known cinema event. Archeological sites in the city of Taormina are precious as they date far back to centuries ago, and are truly unique in age and significance. The Palazzo Corvaja, dating back to the 10th century, the Cathedral, built in the 13th century, and the Baroque fountain, created in 1635, are architectural gems well worth to a visit.
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