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Explore Taormina, Sicily

Because a picture paints a thousand words, I am just going to show you the gorgeous cliff top town of Taormina in Sicily, a lava rock’s throw from Mt Etna, which I visited by cruise ship on my amazing 8-day itinerary from Istabul to Nice, and let you decide…

Taormina beach

Our cruise ship, L’Austral, is docked in the distance and we came in by tender boat to explore this beautiful city which spawls from the beach front up to the top of the hill where the main shops and sights are.

Taormina pub

I managed to find free WiFi at this restaurant so settled in with a beer and opened my office while buskers played and tourists pottered around. So happy!

Lava rock

If you really need a souvenir and can’t bothered with the 45 minute ride up the mountain, just buy Mt Etna lava rock for €1 a piece

Taormina Mafia

You’ll need to pack this guy into your hand luggage to protect his cigar!


One of the many cafes around the town square anchored by this old church high on the hill overlooking the harbour

Taormina buskers

These guys were fantastic singing Italian songs from scenes of an old mafia movie. Check out the “red head”!


A room with a view. Just one of the many cute balconies hanging over the narrow streets lined with souvenir, ceramic and fabric shops.


Locally painted ceramics. I regret not buying an adorable figurine of a Sicilian woman. Sniff!

Church and tavern

Another lovely church at the top of the hill. If you look reeeally closely you can make out my “office” at one of the yellow cloth-covered tables.

Church bell

Looking back over the entrance gate into the clifftop town I spotted this church bell peeking above a roof.

Mt Etna

Arriving at Taormina by cruise ship and Mt Etna rises in the distance

Taormina amphitheatre

Sting and Ben Harper recently performed here in this ancient ampitheatre. Imagine the accoustics!

Taormina street

This guy just would not move, so I let him have his way and be the centre of attention! This is the entrance into the hilltop city from the gate beyond, edged in shops.

Taormina bay

Our cruise ship is docked waaay down there. Can you see it? (Where’s Wally?)

Taormina houses

The colourful houses of Taormina overlook the bay

Taormina shops

As well as souvenirs and ceramics you’ll find fashion retailers, shoe shops and the obligatory gelataria!

I got to Taormina onboard Ponant’s boutique cruise ship, L’Austral. With only 130 cabins we sailed for 8 days from Istanbul visiting ancient sites in Greece before arriving in Sicily, then up to Pompeii, Corsica and finally Nice. I can thoroughly recommend this relaxed way to see the world!

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!