Location - About Taormina

Introduction

For you vacation in Taormina Sicily there can be nowhere better than staying at Villa Virginia, these recently constructed apartments are beautifully located in a fantastic position with simply breathtaking views of Etna, the bay at Gardini Naxos, the Italian coastline and Madonna Della Rocca.

This location is perfect for those wishing to visit this part of Sicily, Taormina’s historic centre can be reached on foot in around fifteen minutes, there is a regular bus service immediately outside Villa Virginia, there is a cable car available taking holiday makers from the historic town centre to the stunning beaches. From agencies in Taormina one can readily book day excursions to places like Mount Etna, the Aeolian Islands located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, these islands include Lipari, Vulcano and Stomboli. Visit Savoca where the Godfather was filmed, here you will find Santa Lucia Church where Michael Coreleone and Apollonia were wed and relax at Bar Vitelli. There is simply so much to do and all from your comfortable base at Villa Virginia. The apartments sleep between 2 and 4 persons, each apartment benefits from ample secure parking, excellent kitchens and bathrooms, air conditioning, TV, balcony and more, after a busy day enjoying yourself, relax back in the tranquillity that is Villa Virginia.

Taormina Corsa

Taormina’s main drag is Corso Umberto. It mildly meanders for one kilometre through the old medieval town from one ancient gateway to another, from Piazza Sant’ Antonio to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.

The entire population of the town and beyond seem to take advantage of its pedestrian only status and in the evening heat come to talk, stroll, people watch and most importantly; be seen. Mingling with the rich and famous is not compulsory but can be sometimes, unavoidable. Having a beer or two with Liam Neeson is not unheard of. Dressed to impress and perfumes that intoxicate; young and old hold court on the Piazza Aprile IX. Musicians serenade, pavement artists twist and contort beautiful faces, while newly weds mingle and pose. Children laugh, play and tease on the steps of Sant’ Augostino, a small gothic church built in 1448. The old men with crisp white shirts sip on corecttos at Caffé Concerto Wunderbar, discussing the latest news. Their wives and mistresses take long animated intakes of cigarette smoke as they dramatically express their thoughts and wishes. It was here that Tennessee Williams wrote over coffee and Elizabeth Taylor awaited the arrival of Richard Burton. Most just take in the beauty of its vista; the Bay of Naxos and the beach resort of Giardini-Naxos, all admired from its grand terrazzo.

Taormina Beach

The beach of Isola Bella in Taormina is the most famous one of Taormina at all.

Protected by the bay and the mountains bathing season is longer here than elsewhere. The fantastic nature, the numerous sun-tanned people, the crystal-clear sea and the headland leading to Isola Bella make your bathing holidays in Taormina simply unrivalled.

You can find free beach sections as well as wonderful and well-equipped lidos on Isola Bella. The beach does not consist of sand but of pebbles.

Arrival to the beach of Isola Bella in Taormina is easy by using the cable car Taormina - Mazzaró. Then just cross the coastal road and walk down the stairway.

Taormina Corsa

The beach of Isola Bella in Taormina is the most famous one of Taormina of all.

Protected by the bay and the mountains bathing season is longer here than elsewhere. The fantastic nature, the numerous sun-tanned people, the crystal-clear sea and the headland leading to Isola Bella make your bathing holidays in Taormina simply unrivalled.

You can find free beach sections as well as wonderful and well-equipped lidos on Isola Bella. The beach does not consist of sand but of pebbles. Arrival to the beach of Isola Bella in Taormina is easy by using the cable car Taormina - Mazzaró. Then just cross the coastal road and walk down the stairway.

Taormina Corsa

Second in size only to the Theater in Syracuse, the Greek Theater in Taormina is one of the largest ancient theaters in Sicily.

Though originally built in the Hellenistic era, it was completely reconstructed by the Romans and used for gladiatorial shows. The theater is situated at the very top of a hill, levelled for the purpose, using the natural incline of the valley for the "cavea": the auditorium seating. The backdrop view would doubtless have added splendid dramatic impact to past productions.

The remains of a small temple stand on the side of the theater. Remnants of an arcade, once leading to the theater, stand at the top of the auditorium. Scenery consisted of nine columns, raised and placed in their original positions during the theater's restoration in the Eighteen Hundreds.

The majestic panorama, combined with a spectacular view of Etna and the Calabrian mountains, renders this hollowed out hill a natural stage, as well as a stage for natural beauty.

Taormina Corsa

Mt Etna Volcano is one of the world's most active volcanoes. It has been erupting for several million years.

Mt Etna is one of the greatest and beautiful volcano adventure tour destinations in Sicily, beside many others which can be easily enjoyed from our charming village of Taormina. This volcano has more than 400 craters, split all over the Catania county.

To the ancient Greeks, Mount Etna was the realm of Vulcan, god of fire, and the home of the one-eyed monster known as the Cyclops. Etna offers skiing in the Winter months and breathtaking hikes in the woods during the Summer. There are also a number of smaller peaks on the slopes of Etna. And some interesting caverns.

Since Etna is a strato volcano, with relatively cool lava temperature and numerous openings (vents), nobody ever knows precisely where on its vast surface the next eruption will be.