The hilltop town of Taormina has plenty of stylish nightlife spots to drink that boast sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. During July and August, this upmarket Sicilian seaside resort welcomes scores of well-heeled travellers, so dress your best and get ready to rub shoulders with Italy’s economic elite.

    Exclusive lounge bars and glam late-night dance clubs are scattered around the Toarmina’s top nightlife areas, ensuring there’s always a party to join in the summer. The action dies down outside the peak season, though, meaning you may have to wander around a bit. Either way, there are always great places to party in Taormina, as we’ve listed below.


    Piazza IX Aprille

    Enjoy people-watching with a drink at Taormina’s main plaza

    Taormina's Piazza IX Aprille is an excellent place to mingle in town, and with good reason. By day, the scenic square serves as a viewpoint to marvel at the Mediterranean below and Mount Etna overhead. Lined by rows of traditional Italian restaurants and cafes, it’s a favourite spot to people watch and while away the afternoon.

    Come sundown, the cappuccinos give way to vino as travellers and locals come to relish in the lively scene. Caffè Wunderbar is a popular choice, famed for its elegant old-world patios and heady cocktail creations. Plenty of other options abound, though, so pick and choose what looks right for you.

    Location: Piazza 9 Aprile, 6, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy


    Corso Umberto

    A glamorous pedestrian strip home to Taormina’s top late-night venues

    Corso Umberto is Taormina’s main drag – this lively pedestrian thoroughfare cuts straight through the centre of town. On either side of the gorgeous cobblestone street lies a series of ritzy boutiques and glitzy jewellers. This unabashedly upmarket strip is why Taormina is sometimes known as the ‘Saint Tropez of Sicily.’

    Between the high-end retail outlets, you'll find fancy restaurants and bars offering affluent revellers a lively place to drink. Our top pick is Daiquiri, which sits on a beautiful old staircase leading to Piazza Duomo. Delicious cocktails and quality service make it among the best haunts in town. The open-air garden at Morgana Bar is another excellent choice for boozy drinks and people-watching in Taormina.

    Location: SP10, 291-25, 98039, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy


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    Taormina's neighbouring seaside resort offers a more cost-effective place to party

    Giardini-Naxos lies around 30 minutes west of central Taormina and has thriving nightlife to rival its luxurious neighbour. The busy beachfront resort town is a little less pricey than Taormina, so head there if you fancy a more budget-friendly night out. But that’s not to say it’s boorish, because Giardini-Naxos hosts all manner of glam spots to enjoy.

    The best vibes, of course, are right on the beach, where you can stroll along the sands between bopping late-night venues. Caposkiso’ Lounge Bar is an old favourite, and it’s open 24 hours should you fancy ‘one’ last drink.

    Location: Via Naxos, 229, 98035 Giardini Naxos ME, Italy


    Greek Theatre of Taormina

    Enjoy a sophisticated night out at this gorgeous open-air theatre

    Head to Teatro Antico di Taormina (Greek Theatre of Taormina) for a more cultivated night out in the town. Rather than packed out dancefloors and pricey drinks, this historical landmark puts on a series of refined musical and theatrical events during the summer season. You can enjoy a wide range of genres, from pop concerts to a string quartet. Even gladiators and wild beasts once battled it out on stage in this grand 10,000-seat amphitheatre.

    The acoustics of the millennia-old monument is superb, and a backdrop of spectacular scenery further enhances the appeal. Aim to arrive at the theatre before the sun goes down to appreciate Taormina’s premier landmark in all its glory.

    Location: Via del Teatro Greco, 1, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +39 0942 23220


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    La Giara

    Taormina’s most happening club lets you dance until morning

    La Giara is one of Taormina’s top spots to dance the night away. It’s easy to see why – this neon-lit locale has funky designer furnishings, killer late-night tunes, and a gorgeous glammed-up clientele. After dining in an elegant banquet hall overlooking the sea, the music cranks up and the place packs out with hardcore partygoers. 

    La Giara's parties are wild almost every night of the week during Taormina’s peak season, with international DJs spinning pumping tunes to a rowdy crowd. A high-tech laser show, moody underfloor lighting, and a shimmering disco ball add to the festive scene.

    Location: Vico La Floresta, 1, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +39 0942 23360

    Harry Stewart | Contributing Writer

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