Taormina: A Day Trip From Catania

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Situated near Mount Etna, the hilltop town Taormina is an easy day trip from Catania by bus or train. It is better to take the bus as you will not have to change. However, the area surrounding the bus stops in Catania seems dangerous. Be careful if you travel alone.

“And anyone who has once known this land can never be quite free from the nostalgia for it.” D. H. Lawrence

That quote by Lawrence is quite right. During my trip to Sicily, the place that gave me the most nostalgia was the ancient theater of Taormina. On the contrary to the dodgy Catania, the classy Taormina feels like a heaven on earth. When the sky is clear, you can enjoy a perfect view of the great Etna.

The ruins of the ancient theater are impressive. It would be wonderful if you can attend a concert there. Also in Taormina, you can visit Garden of Villa Comunale, which is tranquil and free to enter. Walking around the small streets in the town center is delightful. The town is pretty artsy, so have a look at some cool art stores.

For lunch, I highly recommend Trattoria Tiramisu. The dishes I tried were swordfish, fish pasta, and tiramisu, which were all delicious. For a snack, do not miss the cannoli at I Dolci di Nonna Rosa. Even though it was a rainy day, the delicious food in Taormina cheered me up.

Teatro antico di Taormina
Teatro antico di Taormina
Via del Teatro Greco, 1, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
Garden of Villa Comunale, Taormina
Garden of Villa Comunale, Taormina
Garden of Villa Comunale, Via Bagnoli Croce, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
Trattoria Tiramisù, Taormina
Trattoria Tiramisù, Taormina
Via Apollo Arcageta, 9, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy

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Vy Tran

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Born and raised in Hanoi, I strive to protect my Vietnamese identity while being a global citizen. Let me share with you some of the mysteries of Vietnam, which might make you decide Vietnam is your next destination to discover.

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