Porta Catania

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Porta Catania: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

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

Hike to the highest active volcano in Europe, Mt Etna, and continue to the characteristic town of Taormina on a guided day trip from Catania with return hotel transfers. Visit old craters and lava flow caves and sit down for a picnic lunch in nature with a glass of wine. Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Catania and make your way to Etna. Get introduced to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena by your guide. Gear up in hiking equipment and walk through ancient woods, extinct craters and past lava flows on Etna. Explore a volcanic cave and the surrounding landscape of Etna. After working up an appetite, enjoy a packed lunch with some typical street food products in an open area. In case of bad weather, go to a refuge to munch on sandwiches.  Next, head to the historical center of Taormina for a self-guided visit. Admire the Ionian coast on one side and Mount Etna on the other, immersed in a picturesque atmosphere. Visit the elegant avenue that separates the medieval city gates, Porta Catania and Porta Messina, walk down the alleys, and see the Greek theater. After your visit to Taormina, jump back on board for the return trip to Catania.

Taormina: Audio Guide Sightseeing Tour on Your Smartphone

2. Taormina: Audio Guide Sightseeing Tour on Your Smartphone

Get a sense of the rich blend of cultures that have made Sicily what it is today on this audio guided tour of Tormina. Gain a new appreciation for the heritage, art, and traditions of beautiful Taormina. Learn useful skills like how to recognize a 15th-century palace Download the the tour, pop in your headphones, and step back in time to the arrival of the Greeks almost two and half thousand years ago. Journey thorugh the arrival of the the Romans, the Arabs and, eventually, the Spanish. See how each culture left their own discernible mark on this charming town overlooking Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Have an opportunity to see some of Taormina’s highlights and to soak up the atmosphere of typical Sicilian life. Find out why this little town has so much to offer. Star in the southern part of the town with magnificent views over Mount Etna and the sea below. Venture into the city one of the entrances to the original ancient city, Porta Catania. Hear about the history, archaeology and customs that remain preserved in Taormina. Soak up the vibe on Corso Umberto, with its stores and cafes. Visit the beautiful square, Piazza di Duomo and learn the significance of the statue of a female centaur gazing down from the top of the fountain. Uncover how Taormina came to adopt this centaur as the town symbol. See the well-preserved Duomo di Taormina, the main church. Be shown how the cultures that intermingled over the centuries are reflected in this important monument’s architectural styles. Wander down Vicolo Stretto, the narrowest street in Taormina. Find out how to correctly order cannoli, a sweet Sicilian delicacy. Be treated to one of the most captivating panoramas in Sicily at Piazza IX Aprile. View a building that was once a church and now is a shop where you can also have cooking lessons. Learn about Palazzo Corvaja, a palace that was built in the 10th century and still inhabited until relatively recent times. Appreciate layers of history at the Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, which was built upon the remains of a Roman theatre with an ancient Greek and Roman road beneath it. Soak up breathtaking panoramic views. Follow the town’s pedestrianized main street, Corso Umberto, to another original entrance gate, Porta Messina, where the tour ends.

Taormina: Guided Walking Tour

3. 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

4. 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: Sunset Walking Tour & Aperitif on Rooftop Terrace

5. Taormina: Sunset Walking Tour & Aperitif on Rooftop Terrace

Meet your professional local guide at a centrally located point in the historic center of Taormina - Porta Messina, and start your small group 2.5-hour sunset promenade, or like Italians say 'paseggiata.' You will walk the main street of Taormina – Corso Umberto - vibrant and lively, but still relaxed and romantic when the sun goes down. Walk from the ancient historic gates of Porta Messina to Porta Catania and see such important monuments like Palazzo Corvaja, the 2nd century Roman theatre Odeon, ancient Roman naumachia, old churches of San Pancrazio, Santa Caterina, San Giuseppe and other. Stop to admire a spectacular view of Mount Etna and the Ionian coastline opening from the terrace of Piazza IX Aprile, then continue to Piazza Duomo to see the main cathedral of Taormina and the symbol of the town – ancient fountain holding a centaur with a female head. From your friendly licensed local guide, who is truly in love with his home town, you will hear about the history and interesting facts of Taormina, learn about the influence of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards presented at each step, each stone and in the everyday life of the town – its architecture, culture, cuisine, language and even the Sicilian mindset.  You will feel the unique atmosphere of Taormina at sunset, when its charming streets are lit with romantic lights, the air is full of beautiful scents of citrus and fresh seafood and local musicians perform live on the streets and squares. You will end your sunset tour on the terrace of one of the best restaurants in Taormina with a glass of Aperol spritz or wine accompanied with light appetizers, admiring the incredible view of Mount Etna and illuminated Ionian coastline.

3-Hour Taormina Segway PT Authorized Tour

6. 3-Hour Taormina Segway PT Authorized Tour

One of the world's oldest tourist destinations, Taormina delights visitors with its Greek-Roman ruins and charming medieval streets. Today, you'll get to discover it on swift and comfortable city glide by Segway! Your tour begins on the terrace above the parking lot “Porta Catania” where you will meet your guide and learn how to operate the Segway. You will enter the city through the arch of Porta Catania. The first stop is the Piazza Duomo, where the fountain with the "Centauressa" - symbol of Taormina - and the City Hall are located. Next, continue towards the ancient monastery of San Domenico, now one of the most luxurious hotels in Sicily. After passing Porta di Mezzo, you will arrive in Piazza IX Aprile, known as the Belvedere, the continue to the park. Leaving the park, you will head towards the town's most famous monument, the Greek-Roman theatre. After your visit, you will follow Via Teatro Greco and Corso Umberto towards Porta Messina. Finally, you will pass in front of the Capuchin church and return to the parking lot "Porta Catania."

Taormina Walking Tour & Ancient theather Private or shared

7. Taormina Walking Tour & Ancient theather Private or shared

Taormina the pearl of Sicily. We will meet at Porta Catania where we will start our exciting walking tour by walking through the main monuments of the city such as the Cathedral Square and the emblematic Piazza IX Aprile from where you can admire one of the most beautiful views of Taormina: the sea and Etna together. We continue through the colorful alleys and flowered balconies to arrive at another Roman monument: the Naumachies. We will continue to the city park (Villa Comunale), where we will appreciate the calm and beauty of this beautiful green area. Our tour will end at the ancient theater, which still retains all its charm.

Giardini Naxos or Taormina: Godfather Tour in a Vintage Car

8. Giardini Naxos or Taormina: Godfather Tour in a Vintage Car

Your tour will start from Taormina, one of the places chosen by Francis Ford Coppola to shoot one of his masterpieces: the famous movie "The Godfather". On board the vintage car we will drive along the winding and panoramic road that winds underneath the city of Taormina until we reach the coast below it. After a short stop to admire Isola Bella, we will reach Letojanni and Forza d'Agro': a village chosen by Coppola to shoot some significant scenes from the film. Enjoying the view of the vintage car, you will drive past Santa Teresa di Riva to reach Savoca, a splendid medieval village and above all the absolute protagonist of The Godfather. Here, in fact, some scenes have been filmed featuring the young Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino. Don't miss the Bar Vitelli, where Michael met his future wife's father, and the Church of San Nicolò, where the marriage between Michael Corleone and Apollonia was celebrated.

Messina, Savoca, Taormina e Castelmola

9. Messina, Savoca, Taormina e Castelmola

Once met, we set off on the tour, with an expected arrival in Savoca, the famous village where the film "The Godfather" was filmed. Once we arrive in Savoca we will visit the Bar Vitelli, present in various scenes of the film, and the ancient cathedral in which the wedding scene between Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) and Apollonia was filmed. Subsequently we reach the ancient village of Castelmola, whose name derives from the shape of the large boulder on which it stands which resembles a grindstone. Furthermore, the castle of Mola was born there, used in ancient times as a fortress, and from which the current name "Castelmola" derives. During the tour of Castelmola you can visit the famous Turrisi bar, characterized by the presence of phallic shapes, where it will be possible to taste the famous almond wine. You can also taste excellent Sicilian cannoli or other typical products, offered by Booking Sicily Tours.The third stop on the tour is the arrival in Taormina, with a stop at "Porta Catania". Once in Taormina it will be possible to visit the Greek-Roman amphitheater and the beautiful Corso Umberto, the ancient street of Taormina. After the tour of the city of Taormina we move to admire the famous panorama of Isola Bella from one of the most characteristic panoramic points of our land.

Messina: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Etna Winery Visit

10. Messina: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Etna Winery Visit

Prepare to be whisked away on a private tour of Taormina and a winery visit in Etna that will leave you with unforgettable memories. The day starts in the picturesque town of Taormina, where you'll explore the winding streets and admire stunning views of the Ionian Sea and enchanted by the breathtaking views and fascinating history of this ancient city. Then, you'll head to a local winery in Etna, where you'll discover the unique flavors and techniques that make Sicilian wine so special and discover the art of winemaking and sample some of the region's finest wines. You'll sample some of the finest wines in the region, accompanied by local cheeses and charcuterie, and learn about the winemaking process from the experts themselves. This tour is the perfect combination of history, culture, and gastronomy, and is sure to leave you with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and flavors of Sicily. It's a one-of-a-kind experience that's perfect for anyone looking to discover the beauty and flavors of Sicily.

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Porta Catania: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

Hike to the highest active volcano in Europe, Mt Etna, and continue to the characteristic town of Taormina on a guided day trip from Catania with return hotel transfers. Visit old craters and lava flow caves and sit down for a picnic lunch in nature with a glass of wine. Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Catania and make your way to Etna. Get introduced to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena by your guide. Gear up in hiking equipment and walk through ancient woods, extinct craters and past lava flows on Etna. Explore a volcanic cave and the surrounding landscape of Etna. After working up an appetite, enjoy a packed lunch with some typical street food products in an open area. In case of bad weather, go to a refuge to munch on sandwiches.  Next, head to the historical center of Taormina for a self-guided visit. Admire the Ionian coast on one side and Mount Etna on the other, immersed in a picturesque atmosphere. Visit the elegant avenue that separates the medieval city gates, Porta Catania and Porta Messina, walk down the alleys, and see the Greek theater. After your visit to Taormina, jump back on board for the return trip to Catania.

Taormina: Audio Guide Sightseeing Tour on Your Smartphone

Taormina: Audio Guide Sightseeing Tour on Your Smartphone

Get a sense of the rich blend of cultures that have made Sicily what it is today on this audio guided tour of Tormina. Gain a new appreciation for the heritage, art, and traditions of beautiful Taormina. Learn useful skills like how to recognize a 15th-century palace Download the the tour, pop in your headphones, and step back in time to the arrival of the Greeks almost two and half thousand years ago. Journey thorugh the arrival of the the Romans, the Arabs and, eventually, the Spanish. See how each culture left their own discernible mark on this charming town overlooking Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Have an opportunity to see some of Taormina’s highlights and to soak up the atmosphere of typical Sicilian life. Find out why this little town has so much to offer. Star in the southern part of the town with magnificent views over Mount Etna and the sea below. Venture into the city one of the entrances to the original ancient city, Porta Catania. Hear about the history, archaeology and customs that remain preserved in Taormina. Soak up the vibe on Corso Umberto, with its stores and cafes. Visit the beautiful square, Piazza di Duomo and learn the significance of the statue of a female centaur gazing down from the top of the fountain. Uncover how Taormina came to adopt this centaur as the town symbol. See the well-preserved Duomo di Taormina, the main church. Be shown how the cultures that intermingled over the centuries are reflected in this important monument’s architectural styles. Wander down Vicolo Stretto, the narrowest street in Taormina. Find out how to correctly order cannoli, a sweet Sicilian delicacy. Be treated to one of the most captivating panoramas in Sicily at Piazza IX Aprile. View a building that was once a church and now is a shop where you can also have cooking lessons. Learn about Palazzo Corvaja, a palace that was built in the 10th century and still inhabited until relatively recent times. Appreciate layers of history at the Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, which was built upon the remains of a Roman theatre with an ancient Greek and Roman road beneath it. Soak up breathtaking panoramic views. Follow the town’s pedestrianized main street, Corso Umberto, to another original entrance gate, Porta Messina, where the tour ends.

Taormina: Guided Walking Tour

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

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: Sunset Walking Tour & Aperitif on Rooftop Terrace

Taormina: Sunset Walking Tour & Aperitif on Rooftop Terrace

Meet your professional local guide at a centrally located point in the historic center of Taormina - Porta Messina, and start your small group 2.5-hour sunset promenade, or like Italians say 'paseggiata.' You will walk the main street of Taormina – Corso Umberto - vibrant and lively, but still relaxed and romantic when the sun goes down. Walk from the ancient historic gates of Porta Messina to Porta Catania and see such important monuments like Palazzo Corvaja, the 2nd century Roman theatre Odeon, ancient Roman naumachia, old churches of San Pancrazio, Santa Caterina, San Giuseppe and other. Stop to admire a spectacular view of Mount Etna and the Ionian coastline opening from the terrace of Piazza IX Aprile, then continue to Piazza Duomo to see the main cathedral of Taormina and the symbol of the town – ancient fountain holding a centaur with a female head. From your friendly licensed local guide, who is truly in love with his home town, you will hear about the history and interesting facts of Taormina, learn about the influence of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards presented at each step, each stone and in the everyday life of the town – its architecture, culture, cuisine, language and even the Sicilian mindset.  You will feel the unique atmosphere of Taormina at sunset, when its charming streets are lit with romantic lights, the air is full of beautiful scents of citrus and fresh seafood and local musicians perform live on the streets and squares. You will end your sunset tour on the terrace of one of the best restaurants in Taormina with a glass of Aperol spritz or wine accompanied with light appetizers, admiring the incredible view of Mount Etna and illuminated Ionian coastline.

3-Hour Taormina Segway PT Authorized Tour

3-Hour Taormina Segway PT Authorized Tour

One of the world's oldest tourist destinations, Taormina delights visitors with its Greek-Roman ruins and charming medieval streets. Today, you'll get to discover it on swift and comfortable city glide by Segway! Your tour begins on the terrace above the parking lot “Porta Catania” where you will meet your guide and learn how to operate the Segway. You will enter the city through the arch of Porta Catania. The first stop is the Piazza Duomo, where the fountain with the "Centauressa" - symbol of Taormina - and the City Hall are located. Next, continue towards the ancient monastery of San Domenico, now one of the most luxurious hotels in Sicily. After passing Porta di Mezzo, you will arrive in Piazza IX Aprile, known as the Belvedere, the continue to the park. Leaving the park, you will head towards the town's most famous monument, the Greek-Roman theatre. After your visit, you will follow Via Teatro Greco and Corso Umberto towards Porta Messina. Finally, you will pass in front of the Capuchin church and return to the parking lot "Porta Catania."

Taormina Walking Tour & Ancient theather Private or shared

Taormina Walking Tour & Ancient theather Private or shared

Taormina the pearl of Sicily. We will meet at Porta Catania where we will start our exciting walking tour by walking through the main monuments of the city such as the Cathedral Square and the emblematic Piazza IX Aprile from where you can admire one of the most beautiful views of Taormina: the sea and Etna together. We continue through the colorful alleys and flowered balconies to arrive at another Roman monument: the Naumachies. We will continue to the city park (Villa Comunale), where we will appreciate the calm and beauty of this beautiful green area. Our tour will end at the ancient theater, which still retains all its charm.

Giardini Naxos or Taormina: Godfather Tour in a Vintage Car

Giardini Naxos or Taormina: Godfather Tour in a Vintage Car

Your tour will start from Taormina, one of the places chosen by Francis Ford Coppola to shoot one of his masterpieces: the famous movie "The Godfather". On board the vintage car we will drive along the winding and panoramic road that winds underneath the city of Taormina until we reach the coast below it. After a short stop to admire Isola Bella, we will reach Letojanni and Forza d'Agro': a village chosen by Coppola to shoot some significant scenes from the film. Enjoying the view of the vintage car, you will drive past Santa Teresa di Riva to reach Savoca, a splendid medieval village and above all the absolute protagonist of The Godfather. Here, in fact, some scenes have been filmed featuring the young Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino. Don't miss the Bar Vitelli, where Michael met his future wife's father, and the Church of San Nicolò, where the marriage between Michael Corleone and Apollonia was celebrated.

Messina, Savoca, Taormina e Castelmola

Messina, Savoca, Taormina e Castelmola

Once met, we set off on the tour, with an expected arrival in Savoca, the famous village where the film "The Godfather" was filmed. Once we arrive in Savoca we will visit the Bar Vitelli, present in various scenes of the film, and the ancient cathedral in which the wedding scene between Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) and Apollonia was filmed. Subsequently we reach the ancient village of Castelmola, whose name derives from the shape of the large boulder on which it stands which resembles a grindstone. Furthermore, the castle of Mola was born there, used in ancient times as a fortress, and from which the current name "Castelmola" derives. During the tour of Castelmola you can visit the famous Turrisi bar, characterized by the presence of phallic shapes, where it will be possible to taste the famous almond wine. You can also taste excellent Sicilian cannoli or other typical products, offered by Booking Sicily Tours.The third stop on the tour is the arrival in Taormina, with a stop at "Porta Catania". Once in Taormina it will be possible to visit the Greek-Roman amphitheater and the beautiful Corso Umberto, the ancient street of Taormina. After the tour of the city of Taormina we move to admire the famous panorama of Isola Bella from one of the most characteristic panoramic points of our land.

Messina: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Etna Winery Visit

Messina: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Etna Winery Visit

Prepare to be whisked away on a private tour of Taormina and a winery visit in Etna that will leave you with unforgettable memories. The day starts in the picturesque town of Taormina, where you'll explore the winding streets and admire stunning views of the Ionian Sea and enchanted by the breathtaking views and fascinating history of this ancient city. Then, you'll head to a local winery in Etna, where you'll discover the unique flavors and techniques that make Sicilian wine so special and discover the art of winemaking and sample some of the region's finest wines. You'll sample some of the finest wines in the region, accompanied by local cheeses and charcuterie, and learn about the winemaking process from the experts themselves. This tour is the perfect combination of history, culture, and gastronomy, and is sure to leave you with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and flavors of Sicily. It's a one-of-a-kind experience that's perfect for anyone looking to discover the beauty and flavors of Sicily.

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The tour was great! Pick up was quick and easy, Diamond was very knowledgeable, Alessandro was very nice and a good driver. Offered different options of things to do in each town.

Very well organised tour! Friendly and punctual staff, picturesque places, and delicious lunch. Absolutely recommend ☀️🫶🏼

Spectacular views and our guide took us to places we would not have found. Lots of fun.

Fabulous experience all around, worth every penny. Our guide (Omar) was awesome.

Our guide, Giovanna, was friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable.