When many people think of Sicily mobsters come to mind.
That’s unfortunate. Especially when there’s the drop dead gorgeous cliffside resort city of Taormina, a place that brings to mind Capri and Cannes, especially the latter as it has its own emerging international film festival in mid-June. Last year the movie Transformers (VIA) premiered there, with a glam visit from star Shia LeBouef and director Michael Bay. We can’t wait to see who is dropping by this year.
But today’s Hollywood stars aren’t the only famous people to have a thing for Taormina. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton really dug it—well at least until she got in a jealous rage and broke a guitar over his head, but whatever—and old school writers J.W. Goethe and DH Lawrence spilled some ink about how fabulous the place is. Lawrence even (supposedly) wrote Lady Chatterley’s Lover there. Sultry!
The backdrop features the very active (!) volcano, Mt. Etna, accessorized by grape vines and olive trees. Factor in the lots of pedestrian streets and alleyways and secret passageways leading to shady courtyard lounges, and you’ve got yourself one sexy vacation! (Just try not to think about where the dollar is against the euro.)
If you want to do a quick trip, we’ve got your perfect three day itinerary right here:
One of Europe's more affordable island gateways, Sicily is best accessed from mainland Europe via Catania or Palermo. Arrive to a newly refurbished Catania airport via British Airways' nonstop service from London Stansted.
Getting to the rental car means a cumbersome walk in the rain with your luggage, all the while trying to navigate the trolley around closed walkways and dirt paths.
Driving is a challenge with few road signs, hard-to-navigate gas stations, and locals who seem oblivious to traffic lanes. Taormina is reached from the main roadway via a series of hairpin turns where buses usually have to stop, back up, and then re-navigate the tight turns while pint-size Smart cars attempt harrowing passes. Jaw-dropping cliffs mean little enjoyment of the picturesque views of Mt. Etna and the Mediterranean