Isola Bella, Taormina

3.8
#1 of 6 in Nature in Province of Messina
Once a private property, Isola Bella has been turned into a public nature preserve. Try to spot the several species of birds and lizards on this small island. Relax on the rocky beach or at the bar. The natural beauty of this spot has earned it the nickname "the pearl in the Ionian Sea." Bring shoes to wear on the beach; the stones can be uncomfortable to walk on. For Isola Bella and beyond, use our Taormina trip builder site to get the most from your Taormina vacation.
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  • Go snorkling not sunbathing. Beach is crowded isola bella is beautiful! Peaceful island and beautiful scenes!  more »
  • the place itself is nice but unfortunately is very flooded by tourists with crowds species in August, I noticed many abusive foreign sellers were selling everything making it nearly inaccessible ladder to descend down, no supervision and no one to stop these abusers to make the route almost impassable, so the place is lovely but there guy who runs this place made it unlivable
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  • Isola bella is, in my opinion, the most beautiful place in the whole area around Taormina. The sea is fantastic, lovely beach but enjoyable all the same. I found though walking down the steps of unbearable that allow you to reach the beach. Prevent circulation is the possibility to use the handrails along the scale. Having a backpack and a baby in her arms, I would rather be able to use it.
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Perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina offers lodging options that range from family-run guesthouses and traditional B&Bs, to luxury hotels and private seaside villas. Staying close to the city center allows you to enjoy a broad selection of excellent restaurants and cafes, where you can experience the flavors of Sicily's local cuisine. To avoid the overcrowding of Taormina's central areas, which are packed with tourists all year long, venture deeper inland and consider staying at a quiet cottage or cozy private inn.
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