Taormina apartments - the best of the Sicilian coast
Taormina is a small town on the east coast of Sicily, between the Ionian Sea and the dramatic, snow-capped Mount Etna. It's been loved since the 19th century by artists and writers such as Truman Capote and Alexandre Dumas, today they are joined by celebrities. Taormina apartments are an affordable and independent way to get to know the place too.
Taormina has an impressive memento from ancient times, the Teatro Greco, a theatre carved out of the rock in the third century BC. In the summer, the theatre hosts Taormina Arte, a festival with music and dance performances. The ruins of the Ancient Greek gymnasium can also be seen, and the two city gates are still standing; the Porta Messina on the north side, and the Porta Catania on the south side, so named for the cities they face. North of Taormina is the village of Castelmola, and while the walk up there can be steep at times, it's one of the most recommended activities for those staying in a villa Taormina because of the incredible views across the countryside and the sea. Another must see is Isola Bella, a tiny island nature reserve that is connected to the mainland by a sand bank at the beach. Excursions can also be made to Mount Etna Nature Park.
When staying in a villa Taormina one must try plenty of delicious local food, whether in one of the town's numerous excellent restaurants or trattorias, or purchased from the market. Typically Sicilian ingredients include olives, pine nuts, capers, sardines, tuna, and aubergine, and some popular dishes include caponata, an antipasto, and brioche con gelato, a sort of ice cream sandwich.