Madonna della Rocca
Madonna della Rocca got its name because it is built on a solid rock. The church was built in the 12th century and restored in the 1600′s. You can reach it by taking the stairs from the city center or by car. The celebration of Madonna with the child is the 3rd Sunday of September. The view of the Greek Theatre and the city itself is fantastic from this point.
Taormina's Greco-Roman theatre, which dates from the third century BC is the second largest Greek theatre in Sicily, after Siracusa. The theatre still host performances, the audience is given a spectacular view of the stage of course but also the blue Ionian Sea, beautiful Mt. Etna.
Mount Etna is Europe's largest active volcano, 3329 meters tall (10,900 feet). The volcano has been growing for about 500,000 years and it is the volcano with the longest record of continuous eruption. It has experienced a variety of eruption styles, including violent explosions and voluminous lava flows. Strombolian eruptions, which produce ash, tephra and lava fountains, are fairly common in the craters formed on the volcano.
Isola Bella is the most famous beach in Taormina. The season is longer here than elsewhere because it is protected by the bay and the mountain. You can find the wonderful and well-equipped lidos and also a free beach section. The beach does not consist of sand but of pebbles.
The main pedestrian-friendly street in the center of Taormina, going from Porta Messina to Porta Catania. Corso Umberto is lined with antique shops, jewelry shops, delis and designer boutiques. Midway down you find Piazza IX Aprile which has a stunning panoramic view of Mt. Etna and the seacoast from and in the back you can see the beautiful and charming church, Chiesa San Giuseppe
Castelmola is the town above Taormina. Taormina might have an amazing view but the view from Castelmola is spectacular. It’s about 550 meters above sea level. The town served as a lookout point to help guard and prepare for attacks from the mainland of Europe.