Use Preste e Commande buses to get from / to the airport in Palermo – €6.10 from the city centre.
The buses leave in the centre of Palermo from either Piazza G Cesare near the Train Station, or Politeama (square adjacent to Piazza Struzo) where the bus stop is outside Prada.
You need to use SAIS buses from Palermo to Catania €14.50, and then ETNA transporte/ Intabus €5 to get to Taormina.
Very good and reasonable prices for coffee and icecreams are at Mazzara chain of coffee shops in city.
Visit the Duomo during the day, plus oratorio Santa Cita is beautiful inside.
Supercinema Excelsior is the shopping centre near Chiesa / Piazza San Domenico – sorry got name totally wrong when I wrote it down. 🙂
Lunch time go to:
Le Terrazze di Camillo Benso (on 3rd floor, but as soon as you get to top of escalators/ or out of lift and left and back on yourself)
Via Lucifora II
Mon – Sun 11-3pm
Thurs – Sar 7-9pm
Best buffet in town = All you can eat buffet for € 9 (or a quick single plate of food for €4, or a plate made to order not from lunch menu for €6)
Dinner time: (ie. thorough dining area on 3rd floor and walk down steps at far end on right, which will take you to the terrace area)
Le Terrazze di Cavour
address: Via Cavour, 3rd floor
tel: 091 6119957
Great terrace area with very pretty night views over the city – and all you have to buy is drink(s) for €5-7 and you can eat as much of antipasti buffet as you want = though get there for 7:30pm/ 8pm when they open otherwise large groups arrive later and they finish the food (it is not restocked once it is over later in evening).
note: the different addresses due to two entrances but this is the same place on 3rd floor of the shopping mall.
*one word of warning: do not walk along dimmly light streets at night, and do not venture near the NW of Palermo near to Catherdral and Puerta Nova at night (though strongly recommend visiting during the day)
Pasticceria Etna, Corso Umberto 112 (on left before you walk down steps to get to the Communal Gardens – which are beautiful with lovely views over Taormina) = great praline almonds
Pasticcerria D’Amore, Via Costantino Patricio No.28 = lovely Sicilian Cannoli
Pizza Mania, Via San Pancrazio = best pizzas in town, and they have the best prices (€3.50 for a slice, or €6-7 for a pizza of 8 slices)
La Cucina di Riccobono, Via Costantino Patricio No 24 = they do lovely things for lunch, or roast chicken with a lemon gravy or pizza in the evening. = though if you want anything like prawns (€9), squid (€7) or lobster (€25) done then you need to order the day before. Also, nice antipasti in cabinets on right when you walk in – €1.90 per 100g.
Da Cristina Murabito, Via Strabone 2 = nice aranchi (rice balls with cheese/ spinach/ tomato) and yummy pasta norma (with aubergine/ eggplant) or al forno (with ragu/ bolognese sauce) – plus they do amazing lasagne and foccacia
Notes: walk down to Piazza Duomo, and have the cathedral on your left and fountain behind you and you will see the sign for Da Cristina above steps which you need to descend and it is at bottom on left (get there early for lunch around 12pm, as it is popular also with tours and cruise groups and they finish all the nice stuff!)
Water from fountain is drinkable (have double checked with a few locals) – it saves you buying small bottles of mineral water at €1.20 each, and you will see tourists and locals filling up.
*One word of warning: do not eat in Piazza Duomo or in any public area as it is against the law and you can get fined on the spot.*
In Taormina, there is a supermarket, near Porta Catania, which is on Via Apollo Arcageta No 19 – it is called Punto by Simply Ltd.
Whilst in Taormina, you can walk down stairs (20mins) to get to Isola Bella – a beautiful beach and nature reserve park.
Also, from the main bus station in Taormina you can get buses for € 4.80 return to Alcantara Gorges (Gole Alcantara).