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Porta Messina

Porta Messina: 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: Sunset Walking Tour & Aperitif on Rooftop Terrace

4. 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

5. 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 Higlights Walking Tour and Ancinet theather Private

6. Taormina Higlights Walking Tour and Ancinet theather Private

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.

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What people are saying about Porta Messina

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 100 reviews

The tour was well organized. We were lucky to have Andrea as a tour guide - due to his studies and his work, he simply has enormous knowledge not only about Sicily but also about Etna, its history and the entire botany. just wow. The team took care of everything and there were good shoes and jackets for rent for spontaneous or forgetful people. The tour on foot is not strenuous, it only goes up a bit steeply and at the grotto there are a few mean steps. We were lucky to have great weather and therefore a great view. The lunch with a small antipasti platter, pasta and a small dessert as well as a great wine tasting should be mentioned, we would have expected much less here. Taormina is beautiful but of course enormously overcrowded so that it is a bit exhausting to enjoy the small beauties that are lost due to the crowds

We had a private tour for 2 couples and it was well worth it. Our driver/guide was very informative and professional and yet friendly. He arrived at pick up point at a timely manner. It was great experience to trek the slopes of Mt Etna, explored the small cave created by the lava. The lunch at a vineyard with wine tasting/pairing was fabulous. There was enough time given to spend at Taormina. Absolutely happy with this tour. Thank you Andrea and Etna Experience.

Very nice experience The guide was fantastic, a lot of information, respected all the participants, used 3 languages, the food at lunch, in a vineyard was sublime, in short we are delighted

Excellent organization. Our companions Alessandro and Marco were competent and available to our every need. I highly recommend the experience.

Excellent experience with competent, helpful and prepared guide