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Syracuse: Boat Trip to Ortigia Island with Caves

1. Syracuse: Boat Trip to Ortigia Island with Caves

We will start from the bridges of Ortigia we will enter the "big port" of Syracuse and the beautiful alfeo promenade of Ortigia. Then we will go outside the port to circumnavigate the island and admire the monuments located along the coast. Follow along the coast north of Syracuse to go and see the beautiful sea caves. Then we will return from the "small port" to navigate inside the Ortigia canal that divides the island from the city and we will pass under the bridges to return to the starting point. The visit is guided and there is a historical and geographical explanation. It is also possible to stop for a swim.

Taormina: Semi-Submarine Tour

2. Taormina: Semi-Submarine Tour

Nemosub in Taormina with the red submarine. We take you to explore the wonderful sea beds of Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Isola Bella. Nemosub is a unique naturalistic experience, to be lived in the splendid Taormina scenery, in a group with friends or as a family with children.We will take you to visit in order:The vast meadow of oceanic posidonia located in the bay of Giardini NaxosThe cave of loversCapo TaorminaBay of SirensNatural reserve of the beautiful islandThe blue grotto Upon returning, if the weather and sea conditions allow it, there is the possibility of sighting the dolphins that have always populated this stretch of sea in eastern Sicily.

Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

3. Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

Enjoy a hike on the highest, most active volcano in Europe. Explore a fascinating landscape and take in breathtaking views on this climbing adventure. Start the tour with an early morning pickup from the meeting point chosen. On the way, there will be a stop for a coffee and to buy something to eat. Arrive at the starting point for your off-the-beaten-track hike. Take advantage of a helmet and all the equipment you need for your hike. As you begin to walk, admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove, the biggest depression of Mount Etna, and its moonlike deserts. From there take in the breathtaking views of the smoking summit craters and the surrounding landscape facing the Ionian Sea. Finally, in the afternoon, get dropped off back in Catania where your tour concludes.

Trapani: Favignana Island Round-Trip Boat Transfer

4. Trapani: Favignana Island Round-Trip Boat Transfer

Take a 40-minute long ride from Trapani to Favignana. Uncover the island's beauties at your own pace before boarding the ferry back to Trapani. Start your trip at the harbor of Trapani in the morning. Complete the check-in at the office and board the ferry to Favignana. Make yourself comfortable on board and admire the views before you reach the harbor of Favignana. Explore the island of Favignana at your own pace. Discover the charming village, walk around the island, or try some Italian dishes in the local restaurant. Spend a relaxing afternoon before boarding the ferry back to Trapani.

From Trapani: Aegadian Islands Favignana & Levanzo Cruise

5. From Trapani: Aegadian Islands Favignana & Levanzo Cruise

Embark on a cruise around the island of Favignana from Trapani. Jump aboard a comfortable boat that guarantees safety and comfort for kids and adults. Stop at Cala Rossa, Blue Marino, Cala Azzurra, Favignana, Lovers' Cave, Levanzo, Cala Fredda, and Cala Minnola. Set sail to your first stop of Cala Rossa, an expanse of crystal clear water. Continue to Blue Marino to discover the island's ancient tuff quarry. Your third stop is Cala Azzurra, a sandy beach that takes its name from the intense color of its water. Visit the island’s village, the former tuna processing factory of Florio, or have lunch in a typical restaurant on the island. Leave the Favignana port to sail to Lovers’ Cave. With the help of your skipper and the snorkeling equipment provided, swim inside the cave and explore its 2 entrances. Head down the cave to find a small pebble beach sheltered by the roof. Coasting the majestic sea stack of Levanzo, leave for Cala Fredda, a wonderful bay with a seabed covered with marine plants and a pebble beach you can reach by swimming. Finally, go to Cala Minneola, the last stop of the tour. As the captain drops the anchor, bid farewell to the Islands.

From Taormina: Isola Bella Mini Cruise

6. From Taormina: Isola Bella Mini Cruise

Be enchanted by the beauty of Sicily on a cruise from Giardini Naxos to Isola Bella. Discover the “Mediterranean Pearl” that the German Baron, Wilhelm von Gloeden introduced to the world. Given to the mayor of Taormina by King Ferdinand II of Bourbon in 1806, the tiny island of Isola Bella was purchased by the British philanthropist Florence Trevelyan and has been a World Wildlife Fund for Nature natural reserve since 1998.  Relax and swim at this wonderful spot, and look for the many different birds and marine species it attracts. Get a great view of Taormina and the mighty Mount Etna in the background. Drop anchor at the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) and nearby Grotta del Giorno, where the water is clear blue and provides ideal conditions for snorkeling.  Cherish this day to just relax and be cradled by the waves and summer breeze.

Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

7. Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

Discover Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe (3.345 mt), and the town of Taormina that sits on the slopes of Mount Tauro on this guided tour. Enjoy plenty of free time to see the Silvestri Craters, Taormina’s Greek-Roman Theater, and more. Meet with staff and the rest of the group at the meeting point in Palermo, then depart to Etna. Upon arrival, enjoy free time to visit the Silvestri Craters and other sites. Optionally, you can also climb Mount Etna in two different ways: • Ascend to 2,500 meters: From Funivia dell’Etna, ride a cable car up to 2,500 meters (at Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2,500 meters, you can walk around, hike, or enjoy a drink at the bar overlooking the area. • Ascend to the top from 2,500 meters up to 2,920 meters: From Montagnola at around 2,500 meters, jump on board the UNI-MOG (mini-coach WD4X4) to reach 2,800 meters with a licensed Etna guide. Then, hike to reach 2,920 meters. Afterward, depart for Taormina, a scenic town on the slopes of Mount Tauro (204 m). This stop is not guided, so you are free to explore independently at your own pace. Visit the Greek-Roman Theater and admire the views of Etna and Taormina Bay. Later, head back to Palermo to be dropped off.

Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

8. Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

Begin your trip to Etna with an easy walk around the Sartorius Craters, whose eruption is dated back to 1865. This excursion to Mount Etna will allow you to understand the different types of eruptions that can take place on volcanoes, as you undergo an easy trek of about 4 kilometers up and down this interesting fissure eruption site. Afterward, head to the Etna Nord Ski Resort, where a lunch break is planned in a beautiful chalet at 1,900 meters above sea level. Following lunch, embark on a cave exploration of a lava tube. Created by a prehistoric lava flow, it is now enriched by the Etna birch forest which surrounds it. This cave was allegedly used for some time by bandits, whereas others say the tunnel was used to store snow during winter to then be used in the warmer seasons. Whatever the truth behind its common use during the past centuries, it's a wonderful place to explore with caving equipment such as helmets and torches to ensure a safe visit. If time allows, the excursion will conclude with a free tasting of Etna's finest products, including honey, wine, liqueurs and much more at a local producer in Zafferana Etnea. This village of honey sits along the Etna Wine Route, which will lead you back to your accommodation where you will be dropped off at the conclusion of your tour. Alternatively, upgrade your experience to a private tour and enjoy an itinerary adapted to your desires, specifications, and pace. The guide will follow a tailor-made itinerary based on your requests, a route that can also be reviewed during the day.

Taormina: Half-Day Pizza Making Class

9. Taormina: Half-Day Pizza Making Class

Discover the secret to making an authentic Italian pizza at a half-day pizza making course in Taormina. Held in a pizzeria in the beautiful resort town, the class is led by a professional pizza maker, who will demonstrate how to prepare and bake a perfect pizza. Learn the basics of pizza preparation, following the simple advice and techniques demonstrated by your guide. Enjoy a hands-on experience as you discover how to make perfect pizza dough, get tips on what goes into a good pizza sauce, and hear how to have fun with pizza toppings. Learn the importance of a good wheat flour rich in gluten, water, and fresh yeast, discover how to stretch your dough, and how to transform it into something everyone will want to eat. Then, enjoy your pizzas for a complete meal that also includes mixed bruschetta, complimentary mineral water and soft drinks, and some local wine. Before you leave, your chef will present you with a pizza certificate to confirm that you are now a qualified pizza cook.

From Taormina or Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna Hike

10. From Taormina or Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna Hike

Hike on Mount Etna's finest trails to discover one of Europe's most famous volcanos. Enjoy a trek over extinct craters, lava flows, lava tubes, and have a fantastic view over the dramatic beauty of the Valle del Bove caldera. During your hike discover the beauty of Mount Etna and see the vibrant active craters of the summit. Enjoy the view along the volcano's flanks and see the Ionian Coast from Taormina to Catania. This tour is adaptable to all levels of hikers and transportation is carried out with off-road pickups vehicles. Depending on the season, your lunch includes a picnic in the outdoors or at a restaurant with typical Sicilian products. If time allows, your excursion will conclude with a complimentary tasting of Etna's finest products, including honey, wine, liqueurs and much more at a local producer in Zafferana Etnea. This village of honey sits along the Etna Wine Route, which will lead you back to your accommodation where you will be dropped off as the tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Sicily

We had such a great experience today! First we had a tour in the wineyard which was really nice and the guide explained everything pleasure. The history behind this wineyard is very interesting! Their dog came along with the tour which was a nice addition. Afterwards, we got to taste 4 different wines which were amazing. The food that came with these wines were incredible as well. We included the lunch which was a good decision. The staff was very kind. We would definitely recommend this experience.

It was very exciting to be up there, the group was a nice bunch and we made adequate stops. Ernesto gave us all hiking boots and trecking poles to help with our ascend (and they were so needed!). We also made a stop on the way to mount Etna and back, which helped with my car sickness and overall tiredness. The experience was fulfilling and I'd do it again!

We just got back from this amazing trip. our guide, Danilo, was so friendly and knowledgeable with outstanding English. There were 8 of us altogether after all pick ups and the other people were friendly also. The trip itself is well put together and definitely value for money.

Great day at sea, lots of great stops and snorkeling opportunities. Our guide / captain was super nice and had control of information and cold drinks for every man.

Our guide Alessio was Fantastic. We had a wonderful afternoon with him learning about the salt plans of Western Sicily. Highly recommend this trip.