The Hill Top Town of Taormina, Sicily

After the drama in Noto we were looking forward to a calm two nights in Taormina. Taormina is a stunning hilltop town overlooking the sea. Its beautiful narrow main street is teeming with designer shops, chic tourists and expensive cafes and restaurants.

We arrived just in time for the sunset and admired it from the balcony of our B&B overlooking the beach and Isola Bella – a tiny island that can be reached from the beach by a gravelly causeway.


On this tiny island there is an old villa, once owned by an english aristocrat called Florence Trevellan. Whilst on her Grand Tour of Europe in the 1800’s she fell in love with the area and built a house on the island where she lived for the rest of her life.

I was looking forward to the B&B that I had booked overlooking the sea and Isola Bella. The photos on looked amazing and I had really splashed out on the sea view.


The communal areas of the B&B looked great but our room wasn’t what we were expecting. We had splashed out a lot on what we thought was a sea view from our bedroom but in reality it faced a rusty fence. There was mould in the shower and the patio furniture was hobbled and dirty. The room was lovely and the owner was really friendly. But we thought we were paying for a sea view from our room.  We agreed to stay just the one night and left for the Aeolian islands a day early. (This turned out to be the best thing that could have happened!). More on that later.

As usual I woke up at the crack of dawn the next morning. Eager to explore before the crowds we pottered down to the beach before breakfast just as the sun was coming up over the horizon.


The light was magical and bathed the living room in an amber light.


The beach was empty, save for a few party stragglers left over from the night (aww they were the days!).


We kicked off our flip-flops and walked over to the little island.



The house was closed up. But we hung around and enjoyed the peace and quiet before strolling back up the hill to the B&B for breakfast.


And it was amazing!!! Italy – you do the best breakfasts!!


Taormina was a bit busy and touristy for me but really, really beautiful. We visited in July, but I reckon you would enjoy it a lot more in September or October. The B&B would be a lot cheaper at that time of year also, the other rooms looked gorgeous and the owner and breakfast were both lovely.

Up next: The Aeolian Islands!




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