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From Tropea: Full-Day Tour to Taormina in Sicily

1. From Tropea: Full-Day Tour to Taormina in Sicily

Travel from Tropea to Taormina in Sicily and explore the beautiful town on a day trip. The journey alone will enchant you as you pass by the Tyrrhenian cliffs overlooking the Aeolian Islands to reach the port of Villa San Giovanni. Continue on by ferry across the Strada di Messine. During the crossing you can enjoy an espresso on the deck and the panoramic views of Mount Etna and Messina. Taormina is known for its mild climate, lush vegetation, magnificent palaces, dreamy streets, elegant squares, and panoramic views at 200 meters above sea level at the foot of the Monte Tauro Mountains. You will be accompanied to Porta di Taormina, the entrance to the city, from where you can explore on your own. Stroll past chic boutiques and visit the Greco-Roman amphitheater, where you'll have a fantastic view of Mount Etna. Try Sicilian specialties, such as fresh arancini (rice balls filled with vegetables and ground meat) or granita (a sorbet-like desert). Let yourself be tempted to a shopping spree or just relax at the Piazza.

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Reggio Calabria and Scilla Full-Day Tour from Tropea

2. Reggio Calabria and Scilla Full-Day Tour from Tropea

Enjoy a wonderful day trip along the fabled Coast of the Gods – Costa degli Dei – to the southern tip of the Italian boot. Discover the capital of Reggio Calabria overlooking the sunny island of Sicily and visit the fishing village of Scilla in the afternoon. Start the tour in the morning in the center of the largest city of Calabria – Reggio di Calabria – the birthplace of Gianni Versace. The route takes you between art, culture, and shopping in the footsteps of Romans and Byzantines through the former Greek region. In addition to the numerous boutiques and shops, you can admire the newly renovated National Museum. Here you’ll also find the two famous Riace bronzes. Stroll along the scenic waterfront and enjoy the view of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. On clear days you can catch a glimpse of Mount Etna. In the afternoon you’ll visit the fishing village of Scilla. According to the legend, this is where Odysseus fought against the monster Scylla and the enchanted princess still lives below the fort. The little Venice of Calabria will enchant you as you stroll through the old fishing district of Chianalea. Marvel at the small fishing boats that stand in front of every house instead of cars, and learn more about the swordfish that is caught from May to August. Enjoy a tasty ice cream on one of the inviting terraces, where you can admire the stunning views.

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From Tropea: Half-Day Tour to Pizzo

3. From Tropea: Half-Day Tour to Pizzo

Take a memorable journey along the Coast of Gods from Tropea to the charming town of Pizzo, while enjoying sublime views over the Tyrrhenian sea. Absorb the knowledge of your guide as you explore one of Vibo Valentia's most beautiful areas. Step into the unique Church of Piedigrotta, which is built into the local landscape, giving it its name, meaning 'at the foot of the cave'. Marvel at a stunning collection of stone sculptures. Wind your way through the atmospheric alleyways and characteristic stairwells of Pizzo, as you navigate your way to the grand central square, Piazza della Republica. Jump back into the fifteenth century as you visit Aragon Castle, where the King of Naples was imprisoned and sentenced to death. Spoil yourself among the colorful gelaterias and gorge on the local delicacy, Tartufo (truffle) ice cream.

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Calabria: Zungri Caves Half-Day Tour

4. Calabria: Zungri Caves Half-Day Tour

Step back in time as you walk in the footsteps of Basilican Monks, who used the Zungri Caves for refuge in the Middle Ages. Absorb the magic of the città di pietra (Stone City), which some scholars believe was founded in the 10th Century. Weave your way in between 100 cave houses hewn out of the local stone. Marvel at windows, arches, and even smoke vents carved into the walls. Savor traditional Italian delicassies such as varieties of cheese and pickles during a local food-tasting session. Enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, which stretches down to the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Calabria: Hiking Day Trip in Capo Vaticano with Lunch

5. Calabria: Hiking Day Trip in Capo Vaticano with Lunch

Explore the Calabrian countryside with a local guide on this half-day tour. Admire sea views at the Capo Vaticano viewpoint and visit the old mills in the commune of Spilinga. Be picked up from your accommodation or a meeting point in Zambrone, Tropea, or Capo Vaticano. Sit back and relax on the way to the starting point of the hike. Climb up 60 meters to enjoy sweeping views of the coast at the Capo Vaticano viewpoint. Continue to the commune of Spilinga and take in the beauty of the lush Calabrian countryside. Stroll through wooded areas down to the old mills. Hear about daily habits and lives of local residents as you explore the valley with your guide. Work up an appetite and head to a local farm. Sit under a graceful oak tree and savor an authentic Italian, farm fresh meal. Learn about the regional food and agriculture before returning to your pickup point.

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Messina: 2-Hour Walking Tour

6. Messina: 2-Hour Walking Tour

Your tour starts from Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the Fountain of Orion which was built in 1500 by a disciple and collaborator of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Represented within it are the four rivers, and the upper basin is decorated with verses in Latin. Afterwards, you will visit the magnificent cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. Built in the Byzantine era and expanded at the time of Swabians, it was destroyed in 1254 during the funeral of King Corrado IV (son of Frederick II Hohenstaufen), before being later rebuilt in 1908. You will encounter Renaissance decorations, Baroque decorations, and finally those of the 1900s. You will also view various statues, marbles and mosaics, copies of the original versions which are now lost. The façade is decorated with multi-colored bands and embellished with marble and 14th century reliefs. The outside of the 90-meter-high and 10-meter-wide bell tower has the largest and most complex mechanical and astronomical clock in the world. Everyday at noon, the various statues move to the sound of the Hail Mary of Schubert. The figures of the bell tower recall the War of the Vespers of 1282, in which the Sicilians stood victorious over Charles of Anjou. Your tour will continue with a view of the port, the largest in Sicily and one of the largest in Italy, before ending with views of the Belvedere skyline.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 14 reviews

in tropea 99% of the tourists are German. so the tour is in German. you have to know that. the guides are great and give us the main information in Italian. Before leaving Brazil you have to study a minimum of Italian. otherwise the excursion is excellent. reggio is beautiful and the Italians are friendly. Scilia is called Venice of the South, it has its charms.

in tropea 99% of tourists are german. so the tour is in german. You have to know that. the guides were excellent and give us the main information in italian. Before leaving Brazil you have to study a minimum of Italian. Taormina is beautiful. worth it

Very nice trip.

The trip was very nice. The organization could be better. There was very little information on the way and almost no information in Taormina either. The tour guide didn't know her way around there either.

Very good German-speaking tour guide who introduced us very well to the history and life in southern Italy.

Follow guide's recommendation for lunch, was very good