The charming, sophisticated resort town of Taormina has long been a favorite summer getaway for those in search of the best in Sicilian luxury. With no shortage of awe-inspiring vistas, fascinating cultural relics and modern tourist comforts, Taormina ranks high on the list of Italian resort towns perfect for a day or weekend getaway.

So what is the best way to while away your time in beautiful Taormina? The options are plentiful, but you can never go wrong by including one of these popular options in your adventures:

Teatro Greco

Although this breathtaking example of ancient greek architectural prowess was built sometime in the third century, it has been so well preserved that it is still routinely used to host many of the area’s most popular entertainment events. The Greek Theater at Taormina boasts everything from grand opera performances and rock concerts, to award ceremonies, plays and ballets. Even if your trip to Taormina happens to fall on a date when there are no events scheduled for the site, it is still well worth a hike up to Teatro Greco to take in its superbly preserved architectural details and incomparable views of Mt.Etna and the Calabrian and Ionian coastlines offered from its grand terraces.

Lido Mazzarò

If your idea of the perfect vacation involves a little less hiking and a lot more lounging, hop a cable car and ride down to pristine Lido Mazzarò. The beach is bordered by plenty of shops, eateries and vendors, so if you tire of sunbathing there is still plenty of oceanfront entertainment to be had. The beach area also offers equipment rentals, such as umbrellas and deck chairs, and a variety of water sport supplies.

Villa Comunale

Take a stroll and escape the hustle and bustle of Taormina’s city center with a visit to the bountiful gardens at Villa Comunale. The gardens were designed by famed british horticulturist and formal garden designer, Florence Trevelyan, and contain hundreds of varieties of tropical and indigenous flowering plants interspersed with sculpture and art.

Tour the Cuisine Scene

Taormina is home to countless places to treat your tastebuds. Spend the day sampling traditional, local fare in one of many small, family owned area Taormina boast, or opt for one of the wine tours or half-day pizza making classes offered by several of the more upscale venues near Taormina’s city center. If sampling the best of the best is on your bucket list, stop by Chef Pietro D’Agostino’s Michelin Star-rated, La Capinera, located along via Nazionalle.

Come Sail Away

A number of cruises, boat tours and on-vessel excursions are available, whether your goal is to keep close to the gorgeous coastlines and bays of Taormina, or set off to explore another nearby town with one of Taormina’s many ports as your starting point. Enjoy breakfast followed by a group fishing trip aboard a ferry, or arrange a romantic sunset sailboat trip complete with dinner and drinks.

Party the Night Away

One of the reasons Taormina is so popular with travelers to the Sicilian region is its burgeoning club scene. Start the night with a proper aperitivo at one of the many bars along Corso Umberto and then proceed to more high-energy, posh hotspots like La Giara Taormina, Septimo and the discos at Panasia Beach to cap off your night of revelry.