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  • Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

    1. 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.

    C'était une grande expérience de faire ce voyage. Au sommet (à 2900 m de hauteur) on se rend compte de l'ampleur et de la force de ce volcan. Les guides étaient très sympas et toujours à nos soins. Ils veillaient sur tout le monde et fournissaient des détails pour des promenades. Je ne peux que conseiller ce voyage même si le trajet en autobus est assez long. Grand compliment pour le chauffeur du bus.

  • Full-Day Etna and Taormina Combination Tour

    2. 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.

    Alessio is a very nice guide, full of knowledge of all the places we visited, he has a good van with air condicionante.

  • 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.

  • Syracuse: Greek Theater, Food Market, and Ortigia Island

    4. Syracuse: Greek Theater, Food Market, and Ortigia Island

    Travel through time on a visit to the Greek theater of Syracuse and discover why this structure carved directly out of the rocky hillside has earned UNESCO World Heritage Site Status. Explore the surrounding monuments and archaeological area, while learning the history of the site from an experienced, local guide.  Next, visit the island of Ortigia, the historic heart of one of the greatest cities in the ancient world and one of the most visited places in Sicily. Stroll through charming squares, learn the history behind archaeological monuments, and admire the Ortigia Duomo (cathedral). There will even be an opportunity to visit some local food markets to check out some typical Sicilian products and produce.  This 3-hour tour will include transfers in an air-conditioned car, although some walking will be involved.

  • Taormina Walking Tour with Greek Theater Visit

    5. 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 vi...

    Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable about the history. Conducted an excellent tour

  • Taormina Half-Day Private Walking Tour

    6. 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, ...

    We would highly recommend our walking tour of Beautiful Taormina with Chiarra, she was passionate and engaing and clearly passionate about Sicily. Taormina’s and Sicily’s history quickly unfolded as Chiarra walked us through the streets

  • 2-Hour Private Taormina Guided Tour

    7. 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 A...

  • 3-Hour Taormina Segway PT Authorized Tour

    8. 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 fol...

  • Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

    9. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

    Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and...

  • Taormina: Guided Historic City Tour

    10. 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...

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What people are saying about Ancient Theater of Taormina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 160 reviews

Super interesting and fun tour and very friendly guide. We can definitely recommend the combination tour of Etna and Taormina! It was a highlight of our stay. Alessio is very friendly and entertaining. He reliably picked us up on time and told us many interesting things. The ride was very pleasant and Etna definitely impressive to see. You then explore Taormina on your own, but that's no problem. The small town is well laid out and exploring the many colourful alleys is fun and it's easy to find your way. Afterwards, we were picked up again on time. We had a great day, thanks again :)

Excellent experience. Margaret our guide is a beautiful woman, elegant, intelligent, acute, with subtle humor and great culture, who has been able to lead us into the history of the city, Sicily and the Greek theater through extremely interesting anecdotes, stories and historical references and, why no, fun, which made the tour interesting and in-depth but still light and captivating. Congratulations Margaret! We hope to meet you again !!!! THANK YOU !! Alessandra Laura Guglielmo and Olimpia 19.08.21

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!

Pic up on time, clean bus, excelent stops, advice, break and visits!!!

Great excursion, super friendly guides, all in all highly recommended.