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Taormina, along with Agrigento, Siracusa and Monreale is considered one of Sicily's greatest gems. Rightly so for it presents unsurpassed views of exotic flowers, a splendid ancient amphitheatre, a picturesque coast and mountains including the Etna volcano all at the same time. Not surprisingly it is not one of the cheaper places to stay; indeed you may prefer to stay at Naxos down below on the coast and visit Taormina from there, using the funicular.
Interbus has buses to Catania (1,5 hours).
La Bouganville, Via Bagnoli Croci 88.
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|B&B Baglio delle Rose||Via delle Rose, 44 Macchia di Giarre-Taormina (CT)||Guesthouse||-|
|B&B Casabella||Via Circumvallazione 77 Riposto||Guesthouse||80|
|B&B Don Diego||Via Don Diego 63 Linguaglossa||Guesthouse||-|
|Casa Olimpia||Via Olimpia, 29 – Giarre Catania||Guesthouse||79|
|Gianni House||47 Via Pergusa Giardini Naxos||Guesthouse||91|
|Hotel Marabel||Via Musumeci, 29 Sant Alessio Siculo||Hotel||78|
|I Mastrazzi||Via Largo Bagni , 4 Riposto||Guesthouse||82|
|La Palma||Via Torino 4||Apartment||-|
|Taormina's Odyssey||Trav. A di Via G. Martino||Hostel||79|
|Isoco Guesthouse||Via Branco, 2||Guesthouse||92|
|Hotel Villa Caterina||Via Nazionale 155a||Hotel||-|
|President Hotel Splendid||Via Cappuccini, 10||Hotel||87|
|Park Hotel Oasi||Via Spiaggia 189/A||Hotel||-|
|Villa Schiticchiu||Via Nazionale||Guesthouse||-|
|Casale di Caterina B&B||Contrada Mastrissa||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Federico II||Via M.Baracca, 2||Hotel||-|
|Appartamenti Taormina||Piazza Sant'Antonio, 1||Apartment||-|
|Villa Sonia||Via Porta Mola, 9 Castelmola Taormina (Messina)||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bel Soggiorno||Via Pirandello 60||Hostel||-|
|Verde Mare B&B||Via Stracina, 12||Guesthouse||-|
|Etna Snow&Sea||Via Difesa 97 Piedimonte Etneo||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|La Terra dei Sogni||Via Catania Messina, 14 C.da Gona||Guesthouse||-|
|Lucia's House||Via Mazzini 64 Nizza di Sicilia||Guesthouse||-|
|Jonic Hotel Mazzarò||Via Nazionale SS114, 224||Hotel||-|
|Villa Regina||Largo San Girgio, 98030 Castelmola||Hotel||93|
|Taormina City Center||VIa fazzello 6 Taormina||Apartment||78|
|B&B Casa Rupilio||Via CS Rupilio n 2||GUESTHOUSE||79|
|Hotel Eliseo||via Consolare Valeria N°1 Giardini Naxos||Hotel||84|
|Casa Vacanza Al Borgo||Letojanni||APARTMENT||-|
|Baia di Naxos||Viale Jannuzzo 27||APARTMENT||-|
|B&B Rosangela||Via Francesco Atenasio, 28/C||GUESTHOUSE||81|
|Hostel Taormina||Via Circonvallazione, 13||Hostel||86|
|Hotel Calipso Taormina||Via Giovanni XXIII, 4||Hotel||-|
|Casa Vacanze Villa dei Fiori||Via Arancio 27 Trappitello||Apartment||-|
|Villa Floresta||Via Damiano Rosso 1||Guesthouse||-|
|B&B Villa Almoezia||Via Rocca 12||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Guesthouse Casa Vacanze Le Casette||Via Antonio Gramsci||APARTMENT||-|
|Villa Veronica||via di Francavilla SS185||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Studio young travellers Taormina||Via antonio gramsci 8||APARTMENT||-|
|Villa Giannina||Via Leonardo da Vinci 25||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|B&B Dionisio||Via Dionisio 3/A||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Suite City Center Taormina||Corso Umberto n° 231||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment City Center Taormina||Costantino Patricio 18||APARTMENT||-|
Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.
Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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