Taormina is a city of approximately 10,780 inhabitants in the province of Messina. Its territory extends along the coastline that goes from Capo Sant’Andrea to Capo Taormina, where we find beaches of remarkable touristic importance such as Mazzarò, Lido di Taormina and Isola Bella.
Taormina has always been a touristic city because the Sicilians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Saracens came here to sojourn or for political reasons. However, it was the Normans who consecrated it as a residential tourist resort, a center for congresses and conventions, thus making it an important holiday destination.
Thanks to this, Taormina began welcoming a huge affluence of nobles and well-to-do English, North Americans, Austro-Hungarians, persons from the Baltic republics, Belgians, Swiss, Dutch, Germans and famous public figures from all over Europe who, besides visiting, have also decided to purchase ultra-luxury villas here.
Today Taormina is a place in Sicily where fairy tales come to life: it has garnered international fame thanks to its extraordinary beauty, its climate, its colors and flavors, the warmth of its people and the concentrated affluence of tourists. Here tourism is active all year long and for this reason the city’s economy is based primarily on seaside and cultural tourism.
On July 9th we celebrate San Pancrazio di Taormina, the city’s patron saint.