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Taormina is a town built against a hill and one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Italian island of Sicily. Most tourists don't stay in the town itself, but in the tourist resorts of Giardini Naxos south of Taormina or Letojanni north of town.
The town has approximately 11,000 inhabitants.
Taormina is located on Sicily's eastern coast, about halfway the larger cities of Messina and Catania. Part of that coastal area is a nature reserve, Riserva Naturale Isola Bella, including the coastal strip to the left of the main beach and the peninsula to the right of that beach.
Tourism is the main source of income for Taormina. In July and August it's busy in this seaside resort, not only with foreign but especially also with Italian tourists.
The nearest airport is Catania Airport. Catania International Airport (officially: Aeroporto di Catania-Fontanarossa) is situated 65 kilometers southwest of the city and is easily reachable by rental car via freeway A18.
Taormina has no regular public transport, but there are shuttle buses connecting the train station in the city's center with the seaside resorts Giardini Naxos, Letojanni and Castelmola. There's also a funicular between the center and the beach near Mazarro; it's only operational in warm months. There are train and bus connections with Messina and Catania.
Taormina's main street is a pedestrian street and in the surrounding streets only local traffic is allowed. If you say that you are heading for your hotel, you will need to show proof. There are two large parking lots on the verge of town: 'Parcheggio Lumbi' and 'Parcheggio Porta Catania'. The latter is closest to the center. Shuttle buses run between the parking lots and the city center.
Taormina is a very popular seaside resort and in summer almost all hotels are fully booked. If you want to stay in Taormina in the summer, you have to book your accommodation in advance. In and around the city (along the beaches) you'll mainly find midrange and luxurious hotels and resorts. There are practically no budget accommodations.
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To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
Our rates are all-inclusive. Our reservation department will inform you in advance should additional costs apply. You can always cancel your booking free of charge if you do not agree (this must be done at least 48 hours prior to the start of the car hire period).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).