With a repertoire of styling Sydney’s red-carpet A-listers, freelance stylist Jessica Pecoraro shares her ultimate tour of Taormina as one of summer’s most popular destinations. This resort-town is for those wanting a taste of Sicilian dolce vita; luxury style.
Taormina must be a special place to you as you married there. Describe the magic of Taormina in five words.
A little piece of heaven in Sicily.
Best hotels, boutique accommodations or resorts?
I highly recommend staying at Belmond Timeo Hotel or Belmond San’Andrea Mare - both hotels will give you the luxury Taormina experience and are both in perfect locations, one right in town and the other right on the beach.
Your top restaurants and eateries?
Bam Bar - Granita (make sure you order it with a Brioche).
Ristorante Baronessa - rooftop dining with an amazing view.
Nero D’Avola - ideal for dinner.
Hotel Timeo - great for lunch or dinner on the terrace and sunset cocktails.
There are also a few Sicilian dishes which one must try:
- Pane E Panelle Caponata
- Pasta con le Sarde
I have a sweet tooth so for me it’s all about:
- ‘i Dolci’ Ricotta Canolli
- Cassata Siciliana
- And of course, Brioche con granita.
Your favourite beach destinations?
Isola Bella, Giardini Naxos and Mazzaro Beach.
Top things to do in town?
Beach day at either Mazzaro or Isola Bella, hire a boat and visit the Blue Grotto, the Gulf of Giardini Naxos, the Fortune Cave and the Siren’s Bay.
Day tour of Mt. Etna.
You can also do a wine tour of Planeta and Benanti Vineyards which are the Vineyards & Wines of MT. Etna.
Visit Castelmola, a small town above Taormina. The view is amazing and make sure you visit Bar Turrisi.
Do The Godfather tour of Savoca which is where it was actually filmed, 20 minutes from Taormina.
Spend the day in town, strolling, eating and enjoying what Taormina has to offer!
Describe the ultimate weekend in Taormina?
Arrive Friday lunch time and head to Il Delfino for a light lunch followed by a quick swim at Mazzaro beach. After checking in to your hotel, stroll around Taormina town and enjoy Aperitivi time at San Domenico Hotel. Dinner at Osteria Nero D’avola and a nightcap at Morgano Lounge.
Start your Saturday with a morning swim, followed by a traditional Italian breakfast (cornetto e macchiato) on the go. Hire a boat for half the day and spend it exploring the nearby coast line. Late lunch at Bambar for some 'Gelato e Brioche' followed by a drive up to Castelmola. An afternoon nap is a requirement and dinner at Ristorante Baronessa. If you feel like a dance head back to Morgano Lounge.
Sunday breakfast at Timeo Hotel overlooking the coast line is a beautiful way to start your day. Spend some time visiting local boutiques especially the ceramic home ware stores which have beautiful dinnerware, all hand painted in town. Spend the day visiting Mt Etna or on Godfather tour if you want to explore otherwise relax on the beach all day. Hotel San’Andrea has a Sunday night BBQ on the beach, the best way to end the weekend.
What are your top picks for living like a local?
Eat desserts for breakfast, don't rush, have wine at lunch and an afternoon nap is essential.
As a stylist, what are your Sicily travel essentials?
Bikini, printed head scarf, white linen, sunglasses and a printed outfit.
You can find Jess on Instagram @jess_pecoraro.