If you were to spend 7 to 10 days in Sicily, you could do quite a few interesting and different things. Whether you choose Taormina as your home base from which to explore the Sicilian way of life, or prefer to be on the move throughout the island...

Here's what I would suggest (ideas to choose from):

Option 1: Taormina as your primary base. 

What to do on your own in Taormina:

  • Beaches - around Taormina you have 4-5 beaches to choose from with 'lido's' where you can rent lounge chairs with sun umbrellas for the day, enjoy a seaside lunch, read, swim, relax.
  • Tennis - if you don't have a partner you can play with the pro.
  • Walk or Hike - Taormina is situated on an impressive cliff with stunning sea views. There are several walks you can take from the town center – down to the beach at Isola Bella or up to the Saracen Castle and church of Madonna della Rocca, or further up still to the medieval hamlet of Castelmola. There is also a several hour trek to the peak of Monte Scuderi for even more impressive views and nature immersion. Simply walking through the ancient city itself, exploring the narrow alleys and side streets off of the main Corso Umberto, you can discover a number of hidden gems on your own (or with a guide).
  • Eat! (an art in itself here!) – several select restaurants present local ingredients and dishes and treat you as their personal guest.
  • Architecture & History Discovery - Taormina, being in the strategic location that it is, was home to every civilization that established itself in Sicily – Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Spanish – and still carries strong traces of this legacy everywhere you look! Guides are available.
  • Shopping – local artists and artisans, antiques, jewelry, custom made sandals, ceramics, hand-made linens, etc.

Activities and classes you can take in Taormina:

  • Private dinner with chef Turi Siligato at your villa or ours ***
  • Ceramics Painting classes
  • Cooking and Pastry classes
  • Traditional Sicilian Music workshop
  • Italian Language & Sicilian Culture classes (including Italian film, literature, art, etc)
  • Wine, Olive Oil & Cheese Tasting
  • Make cheese at a local dairy farm
  • Painting & Sculpture classes
  • Tennis with a pro
  • Cycling with a pro
  • Yoga classes
  • Stand up paddle board (SUP) lesson or advanced exercise class
  • Fishing and yacht excursions
  • And more…..

Excursions & Day Trips from Taormina:

  • Full enogastronomic experience by land or by sea with chef Turi Siligato ***
  • Mount Etna – hike on the volcano and/or visit top Etna Wineries and meet the producers
  • Valley of the Temples, Agrigento
  • Piazza Armerina - the Roman Villa del Casale (near Agrigento)
  • The Baroque towns: Noto, Ragusa Ibla, and Modica
  • Siracusa
  • Horseback riding around the Alcantara
  • Markets and Antiques shopping
  • Contemporary Art gallery and studio visits
  • Local organic agriculture and products – meet the producers and pick your own feast! (seasonal)
  • And more…

Visit the Aeolian Islands – Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea, Stromboli:

  • Find your peace on these unique islands
  • Get to know the terrain and way of life through a number of hidden walks and introductions by locals 

Option 2: On the move throughout Sicily. 

  • Tell us more about you: your primary interests, curiosities, and the cities or areas you might be interested in.

About Transportation:

  • The closest airport is Catania Fontanarossa Airport (approximately 50 minutes from Taormina). 
  • In Taormina, you don’t need a car at all. You can rent one as needed or take an excursion with a driver and enjoy the view!
  • You can cover quite a distance and discover a variety of unique angles very comfortably on foot in Taormina. 
  • If you already know how to drive a moped, and have a license, driving around Taormina on a moped is quite wonderful!