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Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

1. Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Spend a morning in Taormina learning how to cook delicious Sicilian food from a professional chef. At the end of the class, participants enjoy the lunch they created along with wine. Meeting at 10:00 AM at the Arch of Porta Messina, the activity starts with a guided tour of the market of Taormina. Shopping for fresh ingredients, the group will enjoy learning about the local produce and take part in a small tasting of salamis and cheeses. Back at the restaurant the chef will explain the recipes in program while guests take a break for coffee. The preparation and the cooking of the food will then start, with the making of hand-made pasta a highlight. Once the dishes are prepared, everybody is invited to the table for the typical local lunch with accompanying wines. Afterwards, each participant will receive a certificate and an autographed apron as a souvenir of this special day.  

From Taormina: Mount Etna Sunset Tour

2. 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

3. 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.

Etna Nature and Flavors: 6-Hour Tour from Taormina

4. 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.

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

5. 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.

From Taormina: Etna Wineries Small Group Tour

6. From Taormina: Etna Wineries Small Group Tour

Visit 2 traditional Italian wineries on this full-day group tour from Taormina. You’ll be picked up at around 9:00 AM from your accommodation in Taormina and head to Castiglione di Sicilia, a picturesque village that dates from the Medieval era. The wine produced in the Etnean region close to Castiglione is considered the finest in the area. You’ll be absolutely charmed by this town’s ancient architecture and quaint streets. Stop at your first winery, where you’ll taste locally-produced Etnean wines and an aperitif based on local products. You can also walk along the vineyards and see first-hand the wine grapes and learn about their production. At the second winery, taste 3 DOP (Protected Denomination of Origin) Etnean wines, paired with a complete lunch based on traditional products. Walk around the winery, see the barrels where the wine you’ve just tasted is stored, and learn more about the wine-making process. Finally, you’ll head home to Taormina at around 5:00 PM.

Full-Day Etna and Taormina Combination Tour

7. 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.

Taormina Half-Day Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

8. Taormina Half-Day Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Enjoy a full-day journey through the food culture of Sicily on a half-day combined market tour and cookery class. Start by meeting your chef for a guided tour of the local markets. Savor the aromas and colors of Sicily’s produce, selecting ingredients to prepare your lunch. Meet the fruit and vegetable vendors to find out what’s in season, and the fishmonger to choose the fresh catch of the day. Then, head to the kitchen for a hands-on cooking class in the company of Chef Massimo. You will learn to make some of his family recipes and Sicilian specialties, such as ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers, a rainbow of sautéed peppers, eggplant and zucchini caponata, stuffed artichokes, and fresh egg pasta. For your main, you will prepare a fish, meat or vegetarian dish, such as involtini (rolled stuffed beef), fish cooked Taormina-style, or polpette (meatballs). End by making a typical Sicilian dessert, before enjoying a lunch based on the foods you prepared in class. Wash it all down with some delicious Sicilian wines.

Inspector Montalbano Locations Tour of Southeast Sicily

9. Inspector Montalbano Locations Tour of Southeast Sicily

Benefit from pick-up in Catania or Taormina, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle on a locations tour of the TV series "Inspector Montalbano" in southeast Sicily. Discover the real locations of imaginary sites such as Mànnara, the town of Vigata where the TV drama was set and the small fishing village of Punta Secca where Montalbano lived in fictional Marinella. Get the chance to enjoy lunch at the Da Enzo a Mare restaurant, where many scenes from the series, adapted from the novels by Andrea Camilleri, were shot.

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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What people are saying about Taormina

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 259 reviews

We have just returned from the wonderful Montalbano Tour with Alessio. What an amazing tour and day we had. Being out of season made little difference. Alessio made sure we saw it all, the office, the flat, the locations. This was all imparted with not only excellent knowledge of the show but also the historic backgrounds of the cities and towns we passed through. We were not rushed and had ample time to wander at the stops we made. Alessio is a charming character who made us feel welcome and at home. We were able to ask him all sorts of questions which he readily answered. I highly recommend this tour and the tour guide. Thank you Alessio for a wonderful day.

Great trip for our small group of 4. We've been to a lot of wineries and when our friends came to visit we wanted to give them a full experience and this one was perfect. Lots of wine, great food (but just the right amount), and the guide was knowledgeable and very helpful.

Excellent experience with very friendly drivers! Do not forget that the activity costs are not included in the price of the excursion (here ascent of the cable car)

Brilliant. The owner of the restaurant gave us a first class lesson, and we learned a great deal. Food was amazing. Thank You

Bruno was a great guide and the three wineries were varied and interesting - had some great wines and food