This was an excursion to two beautiful places in Sicily. Our driver told us a little about Sicily on the one hour drive to Taormina. He explained the economic problems with excessive unemployment and threats to jobs for locals from the massive invasion of illegals.At both locations he dropped us off at a convenient location and we were on our own to explore the town. Don't miss the spectacular Roman theater which is worth seeing despite the high admission price.Try to climb to the top for an awesome view. MT. Aetna was obscured by clouds the day we visited.The driver drove safely up and down the narrow winding roads.
It's great to have a bus dedicated to our own group, less time restraint. But if we knew, weëd spend more time in Taormina rather than Castelmola. The view on the way there was great but there's really not much to see in Castelmola. Our tour guide didn't really give us any background info on Messina, Taormina nor Castelmola. She was more interested in where we came from and what we did for a living. It was a family reunion, we knew what each other!