Taormina is a hillside city on the eastern coast of Sicily. It is located near Mount Etna, an active volcano with paths that lead up to the peak. The city is known for the Ancient Taormina Theatre, an old Greco-Roman theatre that is still in operation. Near the theatre, the cliffs that descend to the sea create coves with sandy beaches.
A thin stretch of sand connects to the minuscule Isola Bella, a nature reserve. The distance from Taormina, the Ionian pearl, is 6 km. Once there you can visit the ancient Greco-Roman theatre, the Town Hall, Palazzo Corvaja, and the Cathedral of Taormina, which is dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari and also called the “Cathedral fortress.”