Thinking to Taormina very often we think about actors and actresses, fancy and smart parties or nightlife and, of course, the seaside,
But not everybody know that Taormina village center is actually not directly on the coast, but pearched on an hill instead, with sweeping views towards the sea.
Then you might think: where to sleep in Taormina? Which part is the best? By the sea or in the city center?
I want to tell you about my last experience in this part of Sicily, when I stayed at Il Cantone del Faro, a newly built apartment-hotel in the lower part of Taormina, not far from the train station and overlooking the sea.
If you want to visit Taormina, but also enjoy the sun on the beach and the sound of the sea when you fall asleep at night, here this place is for you.
Il Cantone del Faro lies in a narrow, dead-end street; to get there by car you have to ford a small stream [but if you are walking you can go on a wooden bridge] and it is not that easy to find it.
But I assure you that peace, tranquility and the view will surely reward you .
Even if it is behind the train station, therefore easy to reach if you re not travelling by car, I can assure you that you won't in any way disturbed by [a few] trains that stop here.
It's newly built and the furnishings are new and modern.
It has both rooms and small apartments equipped with kitchenettes : it's up to you to decide whether to be more or less independent.
The amazing thing, however, is the terrace of the restaurant where also breakfast is served.
Have you ever watched "Montalbano" TV series? Do you remember his house terrace? Here seemed to me to be right there.
Next to the terrace there is a nice and quiet beach, with sunbeds and umbrellas and entirely reserved for hotel guests.
What about the lapping of the waves that seems a lullaby at night when everything is quiet around?
I stayed in a room that looked out on the balcony and not directly on the sea.
These rooms are definitely a bit less bright, but have large windows with shutters that can be oriented to get more or less light.
What about visiting the area?
A few hundred meters there is a bus stop and about every half hour there is a bus to Taormina center.
If you want to walk along the promenade, however, Giardini Naxos is a 3 minute walk. Here are several bars, cafes and typical restaurants.
For longer trips, you can take the train; the station is about 500 meters from the residence.