During our time in Sicily we took a short day trip to Castelmola, a small medieval village above Taormina. You can get there by bus or walk if you're a keen hiker, although it might take a while.
Buses drop off and pick up passengers from Piazza san Antonio. You can sit in the shade at Bar San Giorgio with a drink while you wait.
The village is home to the ruins of an old castle thought to have been built by the Romans. All that remains are walls that were later built by the Normans. It's a fascinating place to see. Plus it sits above the village so the views are amazing from up there.
Wandering around the streets of Castelmola is also a highlight. Special guest appearance: Mon in her cute hat!homemade gelato!