A couple of hundred metres from Mazzaro lies Isola Bella, Taorminas most scenic cove and home to a number of grottoes with spectacular light effects. Founded by the Greeks in 395BC, it rose to prominence between the 17th and 19th centuries, when it was part of the Grand Tour and Sicilys foremost resort.
With 620 miles of coastline 930 miles if its outlying islands are included Sicily has no shortage of stunning resorts.
Arguably the most attractive of them all, however, is Taormina on Sicilys eastern coast.
However, property for sale in Taormina remains highly affordable, with one-bedroom sea-view apartments starting at just €90,000.
Expect to pay from around €120,000 for a two-bedroom property.
There is also a nearby Roman theatre dating from the first century AD.
Taorminas rich history means it also features several ancient attractions, in particular its medieval quarter and its Greek theatre, the towns most visited monument.
The theatre, hewn from the rock by the Greeks, was later significantly modified by the Romans.
Its best beaches include Giardini-Naxos and Lido Mazzaro, which used to draw legions of Hollywood stars and is reached via a spectacular cable-car ride down Mt Tauro.
Lido Mazzaro is also one of Sicilys best equipped beaches, with a wide choice of restaurants, bars and hotels.
The town, perched 660ft above sea level on the cliffs of Mt Tauro, boasts a superb view overlooking the Ionian Sea to one side and Mt Etna on the other.
Anyone thinking of buying a property in Taormina will find thousands of visitors flock here for its shopping, restaurants and bars, but above all its superb beaches among the best in Italy and those stupendous views.