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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.

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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.

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Taormina Half-Day Private Walking Tour

3. 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.

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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.

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2-Hour Private Taormina Guided Tour

5. 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.

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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."

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Taormina Walking Tour with Greek Theater Visit

7. 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.

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Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

8. 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 the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

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Taormina: City Highlights Walking Tour

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Ancient Theater of Taormina

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

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!

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.

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

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