Summer in Sicily: Taormina and Giardini Naxos
In 1787, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, the literary titan, visited Taormina and aptly described the town as “a piece of heaven on earth” in his work “Italian Journey”.
His words echo through time, as Taormina continues to enchant everyone who visits, maintaining its status as a Mediterranean jewel.
Taormina and Giardini Naxos
Taormina isn’t just a picturesque town; it’s a vibrant tapestry of history, culture, and art. It’s a place that appeals not only to sea lovers but also to those who appreciate the richness of history and the arts. Its charm and stunning landscapes make it a unique pearl in the Mediterranean.
The allure of Taormina has long been recognized by the international ‘jet set’. This splendid town has been a favorite summer retreat for many celebrities. Legends like Elizabeth Taylor and Greta Garbo have graced its streets, adding a touch of glamour and mystique to the city’s already vibrant history.
Perched on the hills, Taormina offers a commanding view of Naxos Bay, one of the Mediterranean’s most breathtaking sights. Below, the seaside resort of Giardini Naxos is a paradise for beach lovers. This town not only showcases but also preserves the rich Greek heritage of Sicily, offering a tangible connection to the island’s ancient past.
Our two-day itinerary will guide you through the heart of these magnificent towns, starting from the historic charm of Taormina and culminating in the beachside beauty of Giardini Naxos. It’s important to note that these destinations are among Sicily’s more upscale locales. However, savvy travelers can find good deals, especially when booking vacation rentals directly with owners which is a sure-fire way to get the best value for money while experiencing the authentic Sicilian way of life.
This carefully crafted tour allows visitors to immerse themselves in the full spectrum of experiences these towns offer, from their historical treasures to contemporary luxuries, and from authentic local cuisine to pristine beaches.
While Taormina is a year-round spectacle, there’s something undeniably special about a summer visit. Imagine basking on the sun-drenched beaches of Spisone and Mazzarò, diving into the crystal-clear waters, and indulging in one of the best local specialties: granita with brioche. This semi-frozen delicacy, akin to a slush, comes in a variety of flavors – traditional lemon is a must-try, but don’t miss out on almond, strawberry, or pistachio.
A stroll through Taormina reveals its Arab gardens, unique urban layout, and a rich tapestry of diverse artistic styles – a testament to its varied historical inhabitants.
The Roman-Greek theatre is a highlight, offering a breathtaking view of Mount Etna. Wander along the main street, take a leisurely break in one of the charming cafes, and indulge in some high-end shopping.
Taormina is a haven for fashion enthusiasts with an array of international brands offering clothes, bags, shoes, and more.
Discovering Giardini Naxos
Giardini Naxos, steeped in history as the first Greek colony in Sicily, today thrives on beach tourism. The town’s beaches and lidos bustle with activity, providing perfect spots for relaxation during the day and transforming into vibrant beach discos at night, catering especially to the younger crowd.
A must-visit in Giardini Naxos is the fascinating Archaeological Park and Museum, where you can delve into the town’s ancient Greek roots. The altar dedicated to Apollo is a particular highlight, offering a glimpse into the deep historical and cultural significance of this region.
Both Taormina and Giardini Naxos encapsulate the true essence of Sicilian beauty and heritage. They offer a blend of historical intrigue, cultural depth, and modern luxury, making them ideal destinations for the discerning grown-up traveler seeking a rich, multifaceted holiday experience.