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Taormina: Guided Walking Tour

1. Taormina: Guided Walking Tour

Wander beautiful Taormina on a guided walking tour. Visit the town's sights, including Porta Catania, Public Gardens, and the ancient Greco-Roman amphitheater. Walk the smallest street in Europe on Viccolo Stretto. Stroll through picturesque Taormina high above the Ionian Sea with Mount Etna looming in the distance. Walk the charming Corso Umberto I. Visit the stunning ancient amphitheater for some unforgettable views. Enjoy a walk in the Public Gardens amid a dazzling array of flourishing plant life. Discover the town's history with a knowledgeable guide.

Taormina: Food and Wine Walking Tour

2. Taormina: Food and Wine Walking Tour

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 (an eggplant dish from Sicily). Savor red wines such as Nero d’Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria and end with a tasting of local pastries and liquors.

Taormina: Historical Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

3. Taormina: Historical Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

Taormina, one of the most famous cities in Sicily, it overlooks the Ionian Sea and, thanks to its excellent climate, can be visited in any time of the year. The panorama over the Bay of Naxos is an unforgettable work of art. Taormina's reputation as the most elegant city in Sicily dates back to the 19th century, when it was chosen as a winter resort by European nobility, artists and intellectuals. But its history has ancient origins, shrouded in fascination and mystery. Visit with an expert guide this wonderful city, with its spectacular Ancient Theatre, and experience the "dolce vita" among impressive monuments and breathtaking views.

Taormina Half-Day Private Walking Tour

4. Taormina Half-Day Private Walking Tour

Experience the magic of the Sicilian resort of Taormina, and discover why it is called the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” on a walking tour tailored just for you. Avoiding the crowds as much as possible, the half-day tour typically starts at Catania Gate, the main entrance to Corso Umberto, an elegant shopping street of boutique stores and chic restaurants. Continue to the 13th-century cathedral on Piazza del Duomo, and wander into the narrow streets of the Jewish Ghetto. Panoramic views are offered from IX April Square and the Clock Tower, while other enchanting sights include the 10th-century Palazzo Corvaja and the façade of the San Domenico cloister, now a beautiful 5-star hotel. Go to the Greek-Roman Theater for sweeping vistas of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna. The view of Monte Tauro and Castelmola add to the charm. You will be following in the footsteps of Wagner, Oscar Wilde, Cary Grant, Ingmar Bergmann, and many more celebrities that fell in love with Taormina to help put it on the map.

Taormina: Sunset Walking Tour & Aperitif on Rooftop Terrace

5. Taormina: Sunset Walking Tour & Aperitif on Rooftop Terrace

Meet your professional local guide at a centrally located point in the historic center of Taormina - Porta Messina, and start your small group 2.5-hour sunset promenade, or like Italians say 'paseggiata.' You will walk the main street of Taormina – Corso Umberto - vibrant and lively, but still relaxed and romantic when the sun goes down. Walk from the ancient historic gates of Porta Messina to Porta Catania and see such important monuments like Palazzo Corvaja, the 2nd century Roman theatre Odeon, ancient Roman naumachia, old churches of San Pancrazio, Santa Caterina, San Giuseppe and other. Stop to admire a spectacular view of Mount Etna and the Ionian coastline opening from the terrace of Piazza IX Aprile, then continue to Piazza Duomo to see the main cathedral of Taormina and the symbol of the town – ancient fountain holding a centaur with a female head. From your friendly licensed local guide, who is truly in love with his home town, you will hear about the history and interesting facts of Taormina, learn about the influence of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards presented at each step, each stone and in the everyday life of the town – its architecture, culture, cuisine, language and even the Sicilian mindset.  You will feel the unique atmosphere of Taormina at sunset, when its charming streets are lit with romantic lights, the air is full of beautiful scents of citrus and fresh seafood and local musicians perform live on the streets and squares. You will end your sunset tour on the terrace of one of the best restaurants in Taormina with a glass of Aperol spritz or wine accompanied with light appetizers, admiring the incredible view of Mount Etna and illuminated Ionian coastline.

Taormina: Guided Historic City Tour

6. Taormina: Guided Historic City Tour

Taormina is certainly among the most beautiful and touristic places in all of Sicily. Your guided tour starts from the beautiful Ancient Theater (also called the Greek Theater), which is one of the most famous symbols of Taormina. It has been dug into the side of a mountain, and from here you can enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the Ionian Sea, with Mount Etna in the background. In Roman times it was renovated, and has reached a capacity of about 20,000 spectators. Today it is still used for concerts and cultural events. Your tour will then continue with a visit to the Naumachia (naval battle), a large red-brick monumental fountain, which is formed by a wall more than 100 meters long and 5 meters high. Afterwards, you will reach Roman Odeon, a small ancient theater, before moving on to Palazzo Corvaia. Built in a purely Gothic style, this is the most famous palace of Taormina. Your visit continues near the Catania Gate, with Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, which was also also built in a Gothic style. You will then tour the Church of San Giuseppe, which boasts an impressive Baroque style. The tour will then end at the cathedral of Taormina, which was built in around 1400 A.D. on the ruins of a small Medieval church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari.

Taormina: City Highlights Walking Tour

7. Taormina: City Highlights Walking Tour

Find out why Taormina is a favorite destination for many travelers, writers, artists and filmmakers on this walking tour. See fashionable shops, elegant bars, and restaurants on Corso Umberto. View old churches like Santa Caterina. Meet your guide at Porta Messina and head to the Ancient theatre of Taormina where you can purchase tickets to go inside, but independently. You can explore this Hellenistic theater and learn about how it was used. Enjoy stunning views of the coast and mount Etna. Continue along the Corso Umberto shopping street. Admire the charming boutiques, taverns, and cafés. View the 17th century baroque Santa Caterina church. Head to the heart of the city to the balcony of Piazza IX Aprile. Take in sweeping views of the Ionian sea and the Etna volcano. Marvel at the square's cathedrals and old fortifications.

Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

8. Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

Discover the beautiful architecture and ancient history of Catania on this guided tour. Visit the Ursino Castle and the Cathedral of Sant'Agata, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage.  Start your day with a pickup, meet your local guide, and set off to explore the sites of Catania. First, you will visit the fish market - the biggest and the most colorful fish market in Sicily. Next, walk to Ursino Castle and be sure to take photos. Continue to Via Etnea and visit one of the oldest and most famous rosticceria bars. Taste Sicilian arancini's - delicious rice balls stuffed with meat ragout and peas. Stroll along until your reach Duomo Square. See the Elephant Fountain and visit the famous Cathedral - the most important church in Catania with a statue of the city's patron saint, Sant'Agatha.  Finally, you will walk around Piazza Stesicoro and see the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater.

Taormina: Food tour near Taormina

9. Taormina: Food tour near Taormina

Experinces in Sicily near Etna and Taormina The experience can be carried out in a vintage car, with the possibility of picking up the guest from their hotel (only on request and not included in the price). We will leave meeting the farmer of olive grove, where we will taste an extra virgin olive oil accompanied by a local focaccia. From here we will move to the medieval town of Randazzo to join the shepherd in his dairy. Here we will taste the freshly made ricotta and the Nebrodi Dop provola. We will also have the opportunity to milk the cows. After the experience with the shepherd we will go to a local pastry shop, to have a tasting of Sicilian cannoli, and some flavors of Sicilian granita, handcrafted. From here we will return to linguaglossa for lunch, which will take place in a local restaurant, where we will taste the Linguaglossa strain sausage. The lunch will also feature a platter of local products and a glass of wine. After lunch the experience will be concluded, the duration is about 6/7 hours. If there is the possibility, we will take a tour of the main streets of the town. This experience will give you the opportunity to discover an authentic Sicily, off the usual tourist itineraries. You will also discover the tradition of local food, characteristic of this area of Sicily.

Giardini Naxos: Private Yacht Tour of Taormina

10. Giardini Naxos: Private Yacht Tour of Taormina

Expereince one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world from the water with this private yacht tour from Giardini Naxos. Swim or snorkel in the famous Isola Bella nature reserve, or simply to sip a glass of prosecco paired with local fruits.   Hop aboard a comfortable yacht and meet your skipper. Take off on an unforgettable day away from crowded beaches to quiet coves. Capture pictures of stunning views of Taormina from a privileged point of view, aboard a prestigious cabin cruiser. Choose from one a half or full day cruise. With the whole day option you can disembark in one of the many seaside restaurants. Let yourself be rocked by the waves in the middle of the bay where they moor the most beautiful yachts in the world, Savor exquisite fresh fruit, selected daily just for you, which grows on the trees of the volcano. The Etna volcano which in this splendid tour will be the setting for the whole day.

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What people are saying about Taormina

Overall rating

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based on 321 reviews

I was very enthusiastic about the theater and the view up to Mount Etna. Tip: go there in the afternoon, then you can experience a beautiful sunset, in the winter months the sun already sets between 4-5 p.m. I had a great tour of the theater with Serena. I was the only one who signed up and yet she took the lead with me. I thought it was great!

Salvo is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable of the history of Taormina. We enjoyed the tour of the Greek theatre, the walk through the 3 gates of the historic city and several stunning lookouts of the surrounding area and the sea, we would highly recommend this guide and the tour.

Although you can walk around the theatre without a guide, you miss out on all the history and interesting perspectives about the theatre. Our guide was amazing!!! This tour was the highlight of our stay in Taomrina.

The history of the place is amazing! The tour leader, Rosario, was very informative. Apart from the history and the ancient architecture, the views are spectacular!

This was a great trip - we visited 3 places for food and wine. Our guide was really good and made it all really interesting.