We have just returned from twelve wonderful nights at Villa Sant'Andrea in Mazarro and I have posted a review on the hotel and also on il Barcaiolo and da Andrea, two restaurants in Mazarro which we enjoyed a lot.
We loved the bay and the swimming and the boat trips ( the water is so clear ) and also the ease of using the cable car to and from Taormina. As well as Etna and the Greek theatre and the daily promenade on the Corso Umberto, do make sure to explore the little back streets of Taormina and Lady Florence's garden.
Our favourite trip was to Syracuse, the Greek/Roman theatre and the incredible old town of Ortygia, the stone buildings glow in the sunshine. We had the most wonderful guide with us all day , although you could of course explore by yourselves with a guide book.
Vagabonda thank you for your help a while ago when I was organising the holiday. We have fallen in a big way for Sicily and the friendliness of the people that we met ( I wondered how it would compare with the mainland which we adore ) and I am now researching Noto for a future trip and avidly watching Inspector Moltobano ( being shown here on BBC4 ) for other Sicilian delights for our next trip. My motto is always to leave something for a future trip and Noto is that something, along with the Inspector Moltobano tour!
If I can be of any help with any questions on Taormina Mare I am happy to assist.