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Castelmola and Taormina

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Castelmola and Taormina

Many visitors believe that Taormina may provide some of the most spectacular views, tiny Castelmola, built 1,800 feet above sea level, takes you literally to a higher level of beauty.

Start at the top of the mountain at Castelmola, a tiny, picturesque village offering beautiful views of Taormina and the gorgeous bay of Giardini-Naxos below. In the distance, you will see Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe with an impressive height of more than 3,300 meters (10,922 feet). The village's thirteenth-century castle, the Castello, is now in ruins but this fortress was dramatically situated to command the hills and valleys and has wonderful views over the surrounding hills and coast.

Make your way down to Taormina and Porta Messina where you can visit the Greek theatre. Built in the 3rd century, these amazing ruins are the largest theatre in Sicily after Syracuse. Taormina sits near Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails leading to the summit. Near the theater, cliffs drop to the sea forming coves with sandy beaches. A narrow stretch of sand connects to Isola Bella, a tiny island and nature reserve.

Stroll along Corso Umberto, formerly the ancient Roman street Valeria, and observe exclusive shops, famous restaurants, monuments and more. While here you can pop into a pastry or ice cream shop for a taste of typical Sicilian sweets. At the beginning of this charming street is perhaps the greatest symbol of Taormina's long varied history: Palazzo Corvaja.

At the other end of Corso Umberto I is Piazza del Duomo, complete with 13th Century Cathedral and Baroque fountain. Conclude your tour with a short visit to the historical center of Messina where you can see the Church of the Catalans and the cathedral square with the largest astronomical clock in the world.

This popular tour sells out fast so sign up now and remember to bring your camera to capture incredible memories of Castelmola and Taormina that you will savor for years to come.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes. You may wish to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hat.
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair, but guests will have to walk short distances and it is suggested they be accompanied for assistance. As this is a walking tour, guests with any mobility issues should reconsider this excursion.
5 Stars5Based On 13 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsCastelmola and TaorminaJuly 28, 2019

Reviewer: Enid Mitchell
Excellent tour, beautiful views. Tour guide great.

5 StarsCastelmola and TaorminaJuly 15, 2019

Reviewer: JoAnn Bigelow
Great tour. Guide was very good and knowledgeable. I loved that we got to go on a boat to see the amalfi coast by water.

5 StarsCastelmola and TaorminaJuly 15, 2019

Reviewer: JoAnn Bigelow
Great excursion. Guide was very knowledgeable.

5 StarsOne of the best excursions everrrrrMay 26, 2019

The office handling the excursions in Messina and the whole team were just amazing.... you just feel home everywhere... the scenery is stunning and the weather was amazing... I would just go back to Sicily and stay couple of days in Taoromina... thank you for your generosity and your beautiful welcoming and guiding.

4 StarsGreat for Shopping and not rushedMay 07, 2019

Reviewer: Marcine Lohman
The tour guide takes you down several steps to the perfect photo spot where a smoking Mt. Edina is in the background. Then you are on your own to shop. The town is small so you won't get lost. NOTE: The glass prices were cheaper here than at Malta. Then you are taken to Taormina for a short guided tour and are again left on your own to shop or dine at a local restaurant. It would be really hard to get lost in Taormina. I was able to get around just fine even with my bad knee. We enjoyed an Italian Pizza with Ham (their Pizza's are different - the ham was in slices) and it was delicious. We opted for the full size pizza and split it (it was huge) for a few Euros more. All restaurants have wine.

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