Castelmola and Taormina
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.
Sabrina met us at the dock and led us on the most delightful excursion of our 21 day cruise! We enjoyed the information she provided along with personal attention and treats. She had a surprise around every corner. Castelmola and Taormina were delightful destinations but Sabrina set the tone for the enjoyment of all.
Reviewer: Dawn Elmore
Taormina is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. This was a fantastic tour. If you get car sick be sure to take something as these are winding roads. This is one of the best tours.
Reviewer: Cheryl C.
The place is beautiful. The tour could been a little better.
Reviewer: Enid Mitchell
Excellent tour, beautiful views. Tour guide great.
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.