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From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

1. From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

You will be picked up from your accommodation or agreed upon meeting point in Catania by your guide around 9:00 AM and you will be on your way to Etna. Your guide will introduce you to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena, walking through ancient woods, extinct craters and past lava flows on Etna. You will get to explore a volcanic cave and the surrounding landscape of Edna with your guide. Enjoy a packed lunch with some typical street food products in a nice area on Etna. In case of bad weather you will go to a refuge to have lunch of sandwiches. Then, in the afternoon, you will have a self-guided visit to the historical center of Taormina, where you will admire the Ionian coast from one side and Mount Etna on the other, immersed in a picturesque and unforgettable atmosphere. You will have the chance to visit the elegant avenue that separates the medieval city gates, Porta Catania and Porta Messina, explore the beautiful view down the alleys and to admire the extraordinary Greek theater. After your visit to Taormina, you will make your way back to Catania arriving around 6:30 PM.

Taormina: City Highlights Walking Tour

2. Taormina: City Highlights Walking Tour

Find out why Taormina is a favorite destination for many travelers, writers, artists and filmmakers on this walking tour. See fashionable shops, elegant bars, and restaurants on Corso Umberto. View old churches like Santa Caterina. Meet your guide at Porta Messina and head to the Ancient theatre of Taormina where you can purchase tickets to go inside. Explore this Hellenistic theater and learn about how it was used. Enjoy stunning views of the coast and mount Etna. Continue along the Corso Umberto shopping street. Admire the charming boutiques, taverns, and cafés. View the 17th century baroque Santa Caterina church. Head to the heart of the city to the balcony of Piazza IX Aprile. Take in sweeping views of the Ionian sea and the Etna volcano. Marvel at the square's cathedrals and old fortifications.

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

3. Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

Europe’s highest active volcano is studied extensively by scientists and is popular with trekkers and nature lovers as well. Visit Mount Etna and the clifftop village of Taormina on this 11-hour excursion from Palermo. From Crateri Silvestri you’ll take the funicular with a local mountain guide all the way up to 2,500 meters above sea level. From this point you’ll experience unforgettable panoramic views. Just south of Taormina is the nature reserve of Isola Bella, and further south you’ll see the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Visit the village of Taormina, a 45-minute drive from Mount Etna. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, the village features an ancient Greek theater, many old churches, antique shops, lively bars and fine restaurants.

Taormina Half-Day Private Walking Tour

4. Taormina Half-Day Private Walking Tour

Experience the magic of the Sicilian resort of Taormina, and discover why it is called the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” on a walking tour tailored just for you. Avoiding the crowds as much as possible, the half-day tour typically starts at Catania Gate, the main entrance to Corso Umberto, an elegant shopping street of boutique stores and chic restaurants. Continue to the 13th-century cathedral on Piazza del Duomo, and wander into the narrow streets of the Jewish Ghetto. Panoramic views are offered from IX April Square and the Clock Tower, while other enchanting sights include the 10th-century Palazzo Corvaja and the façade of the San Domenico cloister, now a beautiful 5-star hotel. Go to the Greek-Roman Theater for sweeping vistas of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna. The view of Monte Tauro and Castelmola add to the charm. You will be following in the footsteps of Wagner, Oscar Wilde, Cary Grant, Ingmar Bergmann, and many more celebrities that fell in love with Taormina to help put it on the map.

Full-Day Etna and Taormina Combination Tour

5. Full-Day Etna and Taormina Combination Tour

At a height of 3,320 meters above sea level and a diameter of over 40 kilometers, Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. Explore the volcano and the town of Taormina on a full-day tour. Visit Monti Rossi, responsible for the major eruption in 1669, and see a lava stone quarry. Take a short, moderate hike at Crateri Silvestri (2,000 meters above sea level). Put on a helmet and grab a flashlight to explore a lava tube. Stop at a 1992 eruption, taste local products and visit the village of Zafferana for lunch. Enjoy a walking tour along Taormina’s narrow streets, and see the Greek theater, the cathedral, the botanical garden and more.

Taormina: Guided Walking Tour

6. Taormina: Guided Walking Tour

Wander beautiful Taormina on a guided walking tour. Visit the town's sights, including Porta Catania, Public Gardens, and the ancient Greco-Roman amphitheater. Walk the smallest street in Europe on Viccolo Stretto. Stroll through picturesque Taormina high above the Ionian Sea with Mount Etna looming in the distance. Walk the charming Corso Umberto I. Visit the stunning ancient amphitheater for some unforgettable views. Enjoy a walk in the Public Gardens amid a dazzling array of flourishing plant life. Discover the town's history with a knowledgeable guide.

Taormina: Guided Historic City Tour

7. Taormina: Guided Historic City Tour

Taormina is certainly among the most beautiful and touristic places in all of Sicily. Your guided tour starts from the beautiful Ancient Theater (also called the Greek Theater), which is one of the most famous symbols of Taormina. It has been dug into the side of a mountain, and from here you can enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the Ionian Sea, with Mount Etna in the background. In Roman times it was renovated, and has reached a capacity of about 20,000 spectators. Today it is still used for concerts and cultural events. Your tour will then continue with a visit to the Naumachia (naval battle), a large red-brick monumental fountain, which is formed by a wall more than 100 meters long and 5 meters high. Afterwards, you will reach Roman Odeon, a small ancient theater, before moving on to Palazzo Corvaia. Built in a purely Gothic style, this is the most famous palace of Taormina. Your visit continues near the Catania Gate, with Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, which was also also built in a Gothic style. You will then tour the Church of San Giuseppe, which boasts an impressive Baroque style. The tour will then end at the cathedral of Taormina, which was built in around 1400 A.D. on the ruins of a small Medieval church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari.

Taormina Walking Tour with Greek Theater Visit

8. Taormina Walking Tour with Greek Theater Visit

Experience the magic of the Sicilian resort of Taormina at night, and discover why it is called the “Pearl of the Mediterranean.” The 1.5-hour walking tour starts at the Porta Messina, the entrance gate to the main street. Let your guide lead you to Palazzo Corvaja, an enchanting 10th-century palace that sets the scene for the rest of the tour. Continue to the ruins of the Roman Theater, discovered in 1892. Take a walk through history as you wander the lively but laid-back streets of the old town, following in the footsteps of Wagner, Oscar Wilde, Cary Grant and Ingmar Bergmann, all one time visitors to Taormina. See romantic gardens and streets full of flowers. Catch the waft of grilled fish fresh from the sea coming from typical family-run restaurants. Listen to the sound of serenading Sicilian singers. Walk along the Corso Umberto - the main street of Taormina - to get panoramic views of the coast and Mt. Etna in the distance. Pass the façade of the San Domenico cloister, now a beautiful 5-star hotel, and wander the streets of the old Jewish neighborhood. End at the Piazza del Duomo, dominated by the 13th-century cathedral.

2-Hour Private Taormina Guided Tour

9. 2-Hour Private Taormina Guided Tour

Spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina is one of Sicily's most popular destinations all year round. It's rich in history, art, culture and tradition, besides being located in one of the most breathtaking spots of the whole country. Founded in the 4th century BC, Taormina enjoyed great prosperity under the Greek ruler Gelon II and later under the Romans but fell into quiet obscurity after being conquered by the Normans in 1087. Its reincarnation as a tourist destination dates to the 18th century, when northern Europeans discovered it on the Grand Tour. Among its fans was DH Lawrence, who lived here between 1920 and 1923. With this 2-hour private guided tour, you will enjoy the most important treasures of the town. You'll explore some of its most important and famous sites and admire the stunning signs of the Roman and Greek eras all around you. You'll get to see the Ancient Greek Theatre, the Piccolo Teatro Odeon, the Corvaia Palace, Corso Umberto and Porta Messina among other things.

Explore Syracuse

10. Explore Syracuse

Imagine the Greek tragedies in the largest Greek theater of Sicily and poke your head in the cave called Dionysian ear where the prisoners' every whisper was brought to the surface by its acoustics. Stroll down the cobbled streets of the picturesque old town of Ortigia with its intricate Baroque architecture, the majestic cathedral built on layers of history. All without missing the town's elegant shops and quaint cafes.  This tour starts in the morning and we leave the resorts at 07:30. After 2.5 hrs we arrive at Siracuse where we will visit Siracuse's archaeological site. The guide will take you on a 90-minute tour before we continue to Ortigia- the old town of Siracuse. There the guided tour continues for another 90 minutes. After this you will have 2 hrs free time at your disposal to wander around the town of Siracusa or maybe have a nice meal? Around 15.30 we will leave Siracusa and return to the hotels, where we arrive about 2 hrs later.

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4.6 / 5

based on 191 reviews

We had a great day with our wonderful guide Alessio, who speaks very good English! He has a deep knowledge of the area (especially history, archeology and vegetation) and was also very fun and congenial. The trip is absolutly worth it because you can expierence two sicilian highlights in one day. The time in Taormina might be a little too short for some people, but it was enough to see the Threatre and main attractions. Thank you!

this was an incredible tour! Alessio was a well-informed, extremely polite, and made the trip exciting and also educational. I learned a lot about both Mt. Etna and the town of Taormina, while also seeing craters, cool caves, and beautiful views of Isola Bella and the town of Taormina. I HIGHLY recommend this tour and thank you Alessio for the wonderful day. It made my trip.

Alessio picked us up from the hotel in a comfortable van. We headed to Mount Etna to explore the craters and a lava tube. After lunch it was on to Taormina to explore on our own. Alessio even helped arrange transportation to the airport the next day. We would definitely recommend him!

Excellent experience with very friendly drivers! Do not forget that the activity costs are not included in the price of the excursion (here ascent of the cable car)

The local guide very good professional. Very correct and polite treatment. a very nice trip