The main museums of Taormina are the Archaeological Museum and the Casa Cuseni and its magnificent gardens. There is also one museum dedicated mostly to the local artist Giuseppe Mazzullo and a museum of popular art.
(Note that many Italian museums and other attractions require a Green Pass during the Covid crisis.)
The Regional Archaeological Museum of Taormina is housed in the Palazzo della Badia Vecchia. The exhibition consists of objects found during recent excavations (between 1984 and 1998) in the area. The finds date back to both Greek (4th century BC) and Roman times. Also on display are medieval and Renaissance period majolica’s.
Casa Cuseni (Museo of the Fine Arts and the Grand Tour)
The Casa Cuseni is considered to be one of Italy’s most beautiful villas. It was built in the early 20th century by the British painter Robert H. Kitson. Its garden consists of 13 terraces overlooking the Bay of Naxos. After the painter ‘s death in 1947, his niece Daphne Phelps transformed the villa into part museum, part artist’s hotel.
Sicilian Museum of Traditional and Popular Art
The Museo Siciliano di Arte Tradizionale e Popolare is divided into 14 sections and highlights folk art on the island. The major part of the object on display hails from the collection of the antiquarian Giovanni Panariello. Seat is the form church of San Francesco di Paola.
The Fondazione Mazzullo has its seat in the Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano. The building exhibits a large number of sculptures by the local artist Giuseppe Mazzullo.