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From Taormina: Mount Etna Sunset Tour

1. From Taormina: Mount Etna Sunset Tour

Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in Taormina. Taste local produce at an organic farm and savor the flavors of the local honey and wine. Continue to a lava cave created during the 1792 eruption of the volcano. Enter the stunning site to learn about the lava flow and forces that created them. Then, stroll along the mountain trails to reach the Sapienza Refuge on the slopes of Mount Etna. Walk around the different lava flows created by the latest eruptions and see the ancient Silvestri craters from the eruptions of 1892. Watch the sunset from the top of the mountain before returning to your hotel after dark.

Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

2. Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

Your personal guide will pick you up from your hotel/ port and you will start your wonderful private tour around the top Etna wineries. Driving by comfortable, air-conditioned car through the small authentic mountain villages, you will admire unforgettable picturesque views of the Sicilian countryside full of oranges and lemon plantations, olives and almond trees, houses and churches built of lava stone. The Mount Etna eruptions feed the soil, and that is why this region is considered to be one of the best in the world for growing grapes and wine production. You will visit the three best wineries at the Etna slopes. Wines from these wineries are on the top lists of premium international wine associations. The first venue will be a family run winery, world-famous with its outstanding wines. Here, you will be welcomed by the owner with a glass of an awesome white wine aperitif. Sipping refreshing wine, you will have a guided tour around the estate, after which you will visit the cellars where the owner or your private sommelier will explain to you the wine production process. Finally, you will sit at a wonderful terrace with a breathtaking view of mountains and Ionian coastline, and with your personal sommelier, start your food and wine tasting. You will taste 4 or 5 excellent white, red and rose Etna D.O.C. wines with locally produced cheeses, salami, prosciutto, sausages, couscous, vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, domestic olive oil and fresh homemade bread. Enjoy the panoramic view and the unique atmosphere of the Sicilian countryside. You will be driven to the second venue – another outstanding Etna winery, where the owner will give you a tour around the estate. With a professional sommelier, you will taste 4 brilliant red, rose and white wines of the region. You will continue the tour driving to the next venue, an ancient family run winery with authentic charm. After your guided visit to the cellars, you will taste 3 premium red and white wines accompanied by fresh domestic appetizers: locally produced cheeses, meat delicacies, olives, olive oil and fresh bread. After the tour, your personal guide will bring you back to your accommodation.

Sicily: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

3. Sicily: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

On this informative tour, follow in the footsteps of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Discover the beautiful medieval villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò nestled on 2 beautiful hills where Francis Ford Coppola shot the famous movies. Explore the splendid hidden corners of Sicily as you go off the beaten path. Visit St. Lucy Church where Michael married Apollonia and the Cathedral of Forza d'Agrò where another wedding scene was shot. Enjoy a drink or lemon granita at Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone asked Mr. Vitelli if he could marry his daughter. Then, explore the beautiful Castello Degli Schiavi.

Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

4. Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

Learn to cook like a real Sicilian in a typical palazzo located in Catania city center and get hands-on help preparing your own lunch or dinner from a friendly cook. Enter the home of your cook and teacher, Claudia, located in the heart of Catania, very close to all historic attractions, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, and theaters. Along with her husband, she has developed a refined menu of Sicilian recipes, using fresh produce and raw materials from the island. During your lesson, discover how to prepare the fish and vegetables bought from the local market and use olive oil produced in Sicily. Prepare a typical four-course meal composed of dishes based on the Sicilian tradition such as tomato and eggplants pasta or anchovies, flan, pasta with zucchini and pistachios, vegetable rolls with orange, and, of course, Panna cotta from the Etna region, all paired with local red wines.

Etna Nature and Flavors: 6-Hour Tour from Taormina

5. Etna Nature and Flavors: 6-Hour Tour from Taormina

Visit the tallest volcano in Europe and explore Etna Park on a 6-hour tour from Taormina. The first stop of the day is in the town of Zafferana, known as the town of honey, located on the eastern side of Etna. Visit one of the area’s top organic farms to taste products such as honey, olive oil and wine. Later, put on a helmet and headlamp and head inside a lava cave to learn how lava flows are formed. At the Sapienza Refuge, see both the newest eruptions of the volcano and the old Silvestri craters dating from the 1892 eruption. Trek along a nature path enjoying breathtaking views, before the drive back to Taormina.

Catania: Street Food Walking Tour

6. Catania: Street Food Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the exquisite food of Sicily on a street food walking tour through Catania, and gain fascinating insights into the culinary traditions of the town from an expert guide. Tuck into arancino, stuffed Italian rice balls coated with bread crumbs, a staple of Sicilian cuisine. Savor the taste of granita, a semi-frozen dessert, and sip on Seltz Limone e Sale, the typical refreshment drunk on the beaches around Catania. Satisfy that sweet tooth by gorging on cannolo, Italian pastries which contain a creamy filling. Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about the local culture as you make your way through a traditional fish market and the winding alleyways of the Old Town.

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

7. From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

Depart from Taormina and head to the Rifugio Sapienza on Mount Etna. Learn the history of the volcano and visit the sites of its last eruptions. Choose to trek along the nature paths of the Parco dell’Etna or take the cable car to an altitude of 2,504 meters and continue by 4WD minibus to the Torre del Filosofo. Get stunning views of the scenery stretching down to the sea and admire the craters and old lava flows that characterize the landscape. Explore a lava cave with all the proper equipment. Continue down the mountain and stop at the organic farm for a delicious sampling of local products, including honey, wine, and oil. Discover the different corners of the Alcantara River. Walk down small paths, past cultivated fields, and see the natural pools and waterfalls and continue to get up close to different basalt and unexpected lava formations.

Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

8. Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

From the meeting point at Funivia dell'Etna, you’ll start the day by catching the cable car and bus to the trailhead. After trekking for about 2 kilometers, you will reach the western portion of the summit crater terrace where it is possible to admire the stateliness of the Central Crater. The trekking will continue along the crater wall before starting downhill on the steep path constituted by ash and volcanic scoria along the southern portion of the summit. Complete the extraordinary journey back to Rifugio Sapienza by cable car.

Full-Day Etna and Taormina Combination Tour

9. 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.

Combo Offer: Taormina Food Tour, Godfather & Etna Wine Tour

10. Combo Offer: Taormina Food Tour, Godfather & Etna Wine Tour

TAORMINA FOOD & WINE WALKING TOUR: Available everyday at 7:00 PM  Follow Your Foodie Guise and hear about the old food traditions of Sicily on a 2.5-hour walking tour of Taormina. Meet local chefs and food heroes at 3 different venues and immerse yourself in the food scene. Try fresh seafood such as pepata di cozze (mussels in sauce) or alici alla beccafico con pesto trapanese (filled anchovies with pesto) paired with white wines from the region.  Try a variety of bruschetta and other appetizers including cold cuts, soups, cheese with honey and marmalade and caponata. Savor red wines such as Nero d’Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria, and end with a tasting of local pastries and liquors. Tour Ends at 9:30 PM.  GODFATHER TOUR AND SICILIAN LIGHT LUNCH: Available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10.00 AM  Your licensed, native English speaking guide will meet you at 10:00 AM in the lobby of your accommodation in Taormina, Giardini Naxos or Letojanni. After 20 minutes driving in an 8-seat air-conditioned minivan, you will reach Savoca, a real and authentic small Sicilian village. Enjoy a walking tour of the old town and visit the places where The Godfather movie was filmed. While taking the walking tour, your guide will introduce you the real history of the Sicilian Mafia. After the visit to Savoca, you will reach Forza D'Agro, the second Sicilian small village where the movie was filmed. After a walking tour of the village with an explanation of authentic Sicilian culture, it's time for a delicious light lunch in a typical trattoria with Etna white wine. After lunch, you'll be dropped off back at your accommodation at 3:00 PM.  ETNA COUNTRYSIDE FOOD & WINE LOVERS TOUR: Available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.00 AM Start your wonderful trip at 10:00 AM with a pick-up from your accommodation. Continue your trip driving through typical Sicilian villages and discover the breathtaking Etna territory. Here, you will enjoy views of the best Etna vineyards surrounded by frames of lava stones. After 45 minutes of driving, you will stop at the first venue, an antique family run winery, where you'll be welcomed by the owner with a glass of cool rose prosecco. After a guided visit of cellars, you'll start your 3 wine tasting with cold locally produced organic appetizers: cheeses, salami, artichokes, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil bruschetta.  Your second stop will be at an antique farmhouse. Here, you will continue your food and wine tour with 2 glasses of local Etna wines, ricotta cheese with marmalade, grilled mushrooms, grilled sweet pepper, vegetable omelete, fried cheese and 2 different tastings of pasta with seasonal local ingredients. Driving back, you will stop at a local patisserie for Etna liquors and pastries. Expected return will be 3:00 PM.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 175 reviews

Alessio was the perfect guide for this trip and he turned an interesting tour into an unforgettable experience. It was a real thrill seeing the local locations for all three of the Godfather films and it was topped of beautifully by a visit to the stunning Castello Degli Schiavi (this was an optional extra). Our host there was the amazing Baron who really brought everything to life with his stories and hospitality. What an delightful character and a true gentleman. During the trip we stopped off for various refreshments which made the trip a superbly relaxed and informative day out. Thank you Alessio for some great memories.

Our tour was excellent! A 3 hour guided tour with Agata in which we learned not only the basics of the Sicilian cuisine, but also tips and tricks about how to get around Catania/Sicilian culture. Agata is extremely friendly, she speaks great English and has traveled most of Europe. She is very passionate about her job and exactly this type of attitude made the experience of the participants unforgettable. Many thanks, will definitely create a new habit of booking food tours when traveling abroad.

Anna was very responsive to us, conjured up a delicious dinner with us (tagliatelle with pak choi and caponata) and also gave us great tips for our stay in Catania. We learned a lot about the country and its people that evening in a very personal atmosphere. Absolutely to recommend!!!

We had a wonderful day with guide Alessio who was very knowledgeable and as a bonus is a Montalbano fan! He took us to all the most iconic places in the series, which was great fun and as the weather was glorious we were able to swim in Salvo's part of the sea.

Great trip seeing loads of the tv locations including the inside of the police station ( a few euros extra). Superb knowledgeable driver / guide who allowed plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of each place & take plenty of photos.