Taormina is Sicily’s best known resort. The appeal of Taormina is in strolling aimlessly through its charming streets. In the center of town is the Piazza IX Aprile, with its restored 12th century Torre dell’Orologio, and excellent views of Etna from the terraces of expensive cafes. The closest beach to the town is Mazzaro, with its much-photographed offshore inlet.
Dining in Taormina can be expensive, but picnics can be put together with food from the indoor market on Via Cappuccini. Nearby is the tourist-trap village of Castelmota, where you can take a path behind the cemetery up to the heights of Monte Venere for amazing local views.