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Taormina with children

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Taormina with children

We will be in Taormina for a week in September and was hoping for some suggestions on things we could do with children. Obviously there will be sun time but the boys 3, 5 and 7 are also VERY interested in history. I have read a little but if I could have some advise on how to safely get to places, what to see and not to see. We also have a 1 year old who will need a buggy.

Also some suggestions for restaurants with and without children.

For me (the nanny) and the boys mum, is there any good shopping to do?

Look forward to hearing!

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1. Re: Taormina with children

Hi Ang,

Taormina is a charming town with great views and most of the sites/restaurants are near the Corso Umberto that is the main street crossing the town from west (Porta Catania/West-Gate) to est (Porta Messina/East-Gate).

If the kids are intrested in history they will love the 'Greek-Roman Theatre' (not sure about the buggy because of the steps, but it is a 'must see') but also around Taormina there are other bits of history here and there. The Odeon (smaller Roman theater, behind Piazza Vittorio Emanuele), the Naumachie (Greek ruins, just off the main street), Torre dell'orologio (the Clock-Tower, in the Piazza) are all in the town-centre and the castel (Arab fortress) is at the top of town. If

There are many shops along Corso Umberto (for you and mum ;-) and Taormina is full of restaurants (you wont have any problems, Italians are always child-friendly).

The main historic-site in Taormina is the Greek-Roman Theatre but a bigger archeological area is in Giardini Naxos where the first-ever Greek colony in Sicily was founded in 734 b.C.


To go to the beach, just for the summer, there is a bus 'The BeachBus' service running down to Mazzeo and it stops at Porta Catania (West-Gate).


There are other bus-services running for Giardini Naxos and Letojanni (other beaches) but whilst you are in Taormina you could try the Cablecar service that runs from just off the town-centre to Mazzarò.

The Funivia/Cablecar runs from 9:00 till 1:30 (at night) every 15mins.

Taormina its self, the Greek Theatre, Giardini Naxos, the Beach, the Sea...

Enjoy! Salvo

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2. Re: Taormina with children

Everyone loves children in Sicily, but Taormina isn’t the most child-friendly town.

Though Corso Umberto is relatively flat, the alleys off this main pedestrian street are hilly, and there are many steps – not the most convenient with a buggy.

The Giardino Púbblico (Public Garden) is more child-friendly, flat and space to run.

The children should enjoy the cable car and beaches, and possibly a visit to Etna and its cable car.

Salvo is correct – the Teatro Greco is your most significant historical sight in Taormina.

If your children love history, visit the Naxos excavations.


Siracusa is THE historical town - Greek and Roman ruins and ancient Ortygia. consider a day trip.

Sicily's puppet theater tradition carries on in Acireale, although it has all but died out in other parts of the island (with the exception of Palermo). The Teatro dell'Opera dei Pupi has puppet shows and a puppet exhibit.

It's well worth the visit!

The Theatre E.Macri' of Acireale:



Teatro dell'Opera dei Pupi

Puppet Shows, Acireale:


Sicilian Marionettes and Puppet Theatre:


A visit to explore historical sights and markets in Baroque Catania might also be of interest.


Taormina doesn’t offer sterling shopping. You’ll find the usual souvenir shops. Corso Umberto has some fashion stores, like the (small) Furla shop, and there are jewelers and antique shops, but nothing compared to the wonderful shopping on Catania’s Via Etnea.

Shopping in Taormina:


Corso Umberto is not the place to eat – the further from this street, the more authentic and local the restaurant.

Licchio’s is a good trattoria, frequented by locals, reasonably priced, has an internal garden and would be a good choice with children.

Il Barcaiolo in Mazzaro offers home-cooking, delicious seafood, in a casual atmosphere – also good with children.

Some restaurants with outside dining that offer space for children.

name of a restaurant in Taormina:


For some restaurants without children…

Maffei’s (great food, traditional Sicilian fare, reasonable prices, small and intimate - only 10 tables, good service, good wine list, outside dining possible), La Tavernetta (good food, a good wine list, outside dining, reasonable rates, excellent service), Osteria Nero D'Avola (excellent food, outside dining, good wine list, good food, friendly service, reasonably priced), Al Duomo (kitchen does a wonderful job, frequented by locals, average service, lacks ambiance – very bright), Casa Grugno (excellent, expensive, “nouvelle” Sicilian cuisine, not really typical, quite formal, not local - only tourists).


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