Private Taormina and Mount Etna

From $170.00/person to $625.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 8 Hours 30 Mintues
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided None
Recommended Dress Comfortable clothing and sturdy, closed toe shoes are recommended. As it can be windy on the slopes of Mount Etna, a warm sweater or a jacket is also recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions Walking in Taormina is over paved and cobblestone surfaces, some of which are sloped. The Greek Theater requires climbing stairs to enter. Walking at the volcano is over uneven, rough lava and loose stone. Tour does not go to the top of the mountain.

Private Taormina and Mount Etna

After meeting your professionally-trained guide, set out on the one hour drive to Taormina. Perched on the side of a hill overlooking the sea, the town has a delightful character. Upon arrival, your walking tour will begin with a brief exterior visit to the famous 15th-century Palazzo Corvaia. This building, indicative of the architectural style of the period, is adorned with classic double windows.

Next, visit the impressive Greek Theater, known for its stunning location. This Roman-style theater was reconstructed in the 2nd century AD. It has marvelous acoustics that allows performances of classical plays to still be held in the theater. You will then have free time to grab a quick lunch or explore the many shops that line Corso Umberto, Taormina's main street.

You will then visit Mount Etna. With slopes that soar more than 10,813 feet above sea level, Mount Etna is Europe's largest active volcano. You will travel along a scenic road that winds around the slopes of the mountain. Along the way, you will pass by the town of Giarre, the villages of Santa Venerina and Zafferana, and orchards, vineyards, and woods. You will ride across the remnants of past eruptions, and see the streams of solidified lava cascading down from the top of the mountain. You will visit the Silvestri Crater which is located 6,500 feet above sea level, where you will be able to see the flanks of the mountain which are covered with volcanic cones and craters. The views out across the Catania Gulf can be breathtaking.

You will then rejoin your transportation for the two-hour drive back to Messina.