Isola Bella, Taormina
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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A gorgeous rocky beach set on a small cove this beach is the place. Lounges were reasonable. The water was crystal clear. Service staff was friendly. I will say the contact intrusion by massage women ... more »
Isola davvero ben tenuta, d'impatto. Bellissima da vedere sia dalla strada sovrastante sia al suo interno. Da lì si puo' visitare la Villa e fare un giro in barca fermandosi a vedere la grotta Azzurra... more »Island really well maintained, impactful. Beautiful to see both from the street above and inside. From there you can visit the Villa and take a boat ride stopping to see the Blue Cave, the Shell and the Love Cave.
Beautiful nature around the beach and fantastic Taormina next to it but the water is really cold so not so many people go swimming. Plus, you would need beach shoes since it's not a sandy beach.
Would definitely recommend at least coming to the beach, and walking across to the island (or running to avoid the waves). It’s a very beautiful location. Only reason I don’t give it five stars is I would not have paid to get in, with its current condition. Luckily I went on the first Sunday of the month so it was free. But, a lot of the island was closed for renovations when I came. So I’d recommend asking how much of the island is open before buying your ticket. Other than that it was really fun to go across the thin strip of land.
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