Things to do in Taormina

From ancient treasures to Sicilian culture and an active volcano, this town has something for everyone.

Our most recommended things to do in Taormina

Taormina: Half-Day Pizza Making Class

1. Taormina: Half-Day Pizza Making Class

Discover the secret to making an authentic Italian pizza at a half-day pizza making course in Taormina. Held in a pizzeria in the beautiful resort town, the class is led by a professional pizza maker, who will demonstrate how to prepare and bake a perfect pizza. Learn the basics of pizza preparation, following the simple advice and techniques demonstrated by your guide. Enjoy a hands-on experience as you discover how to make perfect pizza dough, get tips on what goes into a good pizza sauce, and hear how to have fun with pizza toppings. Learn the importance of a good wheat flour rich in gluten, water, and fresh yeast, discover how to stretch your dough, and how to transform it into something everyone will want to eat. Then, enjoy your pizzas for a complete meal that also includes mixed bruschetta, complimentary mineral water and soft drinks, and some local wine. Before you leave, your chef will present you with a pizza certificate to confirm that you are now a qualified pizza cook.

Sicily: Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

2. Sicily: Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

Enjoy the sights and tastes of Italy à la The Godfather in the company of a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide.  Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or port at a time suitable to you before beginning your tour in Savoca, a medieval hilltop town where the fictitious Michael Corleone hid out during the "Going to the Mattresses" scene.  In Savoca, stop at Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly as it did in the movie. At Bar Vitelli, you will be invited to take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun, see pictures from The Godfather movie, enjoy the view from the square where the wedding scene was filmed, and purchase souvenirs.  The highlight, however, will be an optional tasting of Sicilian cannoli and lemon granita. Your next stop will be the church of Santa Lucia, where Michael and Apollonia got married. You will follow in the footsteps of the newlyweds down the hill into the town. Once in the town, visit another ancient church, dating back to the 13th century.  Your guide will tell you about the filming processes involved in shooting The Godfather and some fun trivia about the movie, the director, and the actors. Discover the history of the real Sicilian mafia from your guide. Hear how the mafia rose to power, its structure, and about the "Law of Silence", "Men of Respect" and the "Boss of the Bosses". After all this walking and learning, you will be taken to visit one of the best wine bars in Savoca where you can try excellent Sicilian wines and locally produced, traditional food including cheeses, salami, prosciutto, olives, and homemade bread.  During the tour in Savoca, you will also see the mirror monument dedicated to Coppola, on the panoramic terrace overlooking the Ionian coast, the site of Michael Corleone's wedding scene. Your tour will continue to Forza D'Agro, another stunning hilltop town. Your guide will lead you along abandoned streets towards the historic square where you will visit the churches Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata. In Forza D'Agro, you will see the piazza where young Vita Andolini escaped from Don Ciccio's men and you will walk up to the remains of a 12th-century Norman Castle to admire the panoramic view of the Ionian coastline.

From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

3. From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

Admire the breathtaking views from Mount Etna on a half-day morning trek from Taormina. Visit craters, explore lava tunnels, and learn about this otherworldly landscape from your guide. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting after the hike. Depart Taormina in the morning and journey to the foothills of Mt. Etna. En route, enjoy insightful commentary about your surroundings from your guide. Arrive at Mount Etna and hike for approximately 1.5 hours around the perimeters of extinct craters. Walk through ancient woods and along paths covered in lava at about 2,000 meters above sea level. Get a better understanding of this active volcano and its surrounding landscape from your guide. Learn about its geology and history before heading underground to explore one of the lava caves. Then, head to a local café for a savory sandwich, wine, and dessert, followed by almond wine tasting. Savor this Sicilian sweet wine before being returned to your hotel in the afternoon.

Taormina: Ancient Theater Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

4. Taormina: Ancient Theater Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Visit the Ancient Theater of Taormina with this guided tour and enjoy the added perk of skip-the-line entry privileges. Take a journey through the archaeological ruins and learn the history. Step back into the past with a visit to the Ancient Theater of Taormina. After the one of Syracusa, the Ancient Theater of Taormina is the largest building for shows in the Italian Peninsula. Learn about the Greek building that dates back to the 3rd-2nd century BCE. See how the Romans under Emperor Trajan and Hadrian changed the monument/ Discover the amphitheatre and orchestra, converted under Emperor Caracalla and hear tales of gladiator fights during this period.

From Catania: Guided Tour of Mount Etna and Taormina

5. From Catania: Guided Tour of Mount Etna and Taormina

Begin your Sicilian adventure with pickup from your hotel at 9 AM. Sit back and relax as you’re transported in comfort to a truly unique location, Mount Etna. Positioned above the convergent plate margin between the cities of Messina and Catania, Mount Etna is the highest-located active volcano in all of Europe. Learn about this fascinating volcano  from your expert guide, and explore its ancient craters and lava caves with helmets and torches. Then move on to explore Taormina at your leisure without a guide. Discover one of the most pristine areas of Sicily, celebrated for its stunning natural landscapes, marine beauty, baroque and medieval monuments, and its quaint Greek theater.

From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

6. From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

Jump in the shuttle bus and head out into the lunar landscape of one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mount Etna. At over 6,500 ft (1,981 meters), this majestic mountain dominates the coastline, concealing plenty of treasures within its lair. No trip to Sicily would be complete without a visit to the tempestuous territories of Mount Etna. Starting at Rifugio Sapienza, follow the line of the old Silvestri craters down into a cave of lava formed during the eruption of 1792. From here, head to the province of Zafferana, where you'll visit a local organic farm and sample honey and wine, cultivated in the fertile soils of the region. En route to Taormina, look at the spectacular wildlife reserve of Isola Bella from above. Upon arrival, spend lunch at your leisure, then re-group to check out the highlights of this unique historical town. From the old-world charm of the ancient Greek theater to the breathtaking views of the Bay of Nexus and the striking architecture of Palazza Corvaja, this town steals the heart of every visitor.

From Catania: Guided Tour of Taormina and Castelmola

7. From Catania: Guided Tour of Taormina and Castelmola

The tour starts in Taormina, known as "the Pearl of the Ionian sea", which is one of the first Greek colony on the east coast of Sicily. The beautiful centre is characterized by both Baroque and Medieval style, which make it a unique and rare town. By walking through the main street, Corso Umberto, you will grasp the true essence of this old town : the ancient roman Naumachia, the baroque and medieval styles of Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Corvaja and Piazza IX Aprile. Along the path , there is The Ancient Greek Theatre which is possibile to visit on your own and get amazed by its impressive view : Etna and the ionian coast. The next step is Castelmola : a medieval village situated above Taormina. This village is recognized as part of the Italian cultural heritage where its medieval atmosphere will bring you back to the past. Walking along the alleys there is a small road climbs up to the remains of the Castle of Mola, which was once a fortress that, from the top of its elevation, controlled a vast territory from enemy raids. Descending from the ruins of the castle, along the way, there are various churches among which the Cathedral dedicated to San Nicola di Bari and the church of San Giorgio which is also the protector of the town stand out. In the main square of this lovely village, there is the chance to enjoy the fantastic sea-view tasting the typical almond liquor at the excentric "Bar Turrisi".

Taormina: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to the Ancient Theater

8. Taormina: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to the Ancient Theater

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Ancient Theater of Taormina and enjoy the added perk of skip-the-line entry privileges. Take a stirring journey through the archaeological ruins and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace. After the one of Syracusa, the Ancient Theater of Taormina is the largest building for shows in the Italian Peninsula. The archaeological site offers the opportunity to step back into the past as well as enjoy the views of the surrounding landscapes. The Greek building, built in a dominant position, dates back, by layout, to the III-II century B.C., but the monument you can admire today appears in the forms acquired in the roman imperial age under the emperor Trajan or Hadrian. It becomes an amphitheater under the emperor Caracalla and, in the same period, the orchestra was converted into an arena to host gladiator fights. After centuries of neglect, in 1465, part of the monument was used as a palace of residence of the Zumbo family.

From Catania: Full-Day The Godfather Tour

9. From Catania: Full-Day The Godfather Tour

The tour will begin with a visit to Savoca, one of the most picturesque medieval villages of Sicily, inserted in the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy since 2008. Also named Terra Ferace of Gagliardi Ingegni and country of seven faces, this delightful city of art has been chosen as a set for several important films including The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. You will start from one of the most important places in Savoca, the Vitelli Bar, then go on a stroll through the alleys of the village, immersed in a suggestive landscaping setting. Admire the ruins of an ancient synagogue, a precious mullion in a pure 15-century style and you will reach the historic center of the country, which, according to some historians, is rooted in Roman times. Visit the church of San Nicolò, built in the 13th century and restructured in the 18th century, where some well-known scenes of the renowned cinematic work were also filmed.  Continue by moving to Forza D’Agrò, immersed in the D’Agrò Valley. During the journey, you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view and admire the obvious traces of an intense and previous farm activity which took place in the valley thanks to the terraces. You will also be able to enjoy a beautiful panorama that opens up towards the Ionian Coast. Here, you will make a small stop to visit the Cathedral of Mary S.Annunziata and Assunta dating back to the 15th century immersing yourself even more in a pure medieval context that exudes the Sicilian tradition at every corner. The excursion will end with some free time to visit the picturesque town of Taormina. Along the main road of this town, Corso Umberto, with the Messina Gate below and the Catania Gate on the mountain side, you will admire the most important monuments: Palazzo Corvaja (The Corvaja Palace) the Teatro Antico* (The Old Theatre), Piazza IX Aprile, the Torre dell’orologio (The Clock Tower), the Cattedrale Fortezza (The Fortress Cathedral), the Badia Vecchia (The Old Abbey), the Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano (The Duke of Saint Stephen Palace) and much more. It will also be possible to go shopping in the exclusive shops which alternate with workshops.

Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

10. Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Spend a morning in Taormina learning how to cook delicious Sicilian food from a professional chef. At the end of the class, participants enjoy the lunch they created along with wine. Meeting at 10:00 AM at the Arch of Porta Messina, the activity starts with a guided tour of the market of Taormina. Shopping for fresh ingredients, the group will enjoy learning about the local products. Back at the restaurant the chef will explain the recipes in program while guests take a break for coffee. The preparation and the cooking of the food will then start, with the making of hand-made pasta a highlight. Once the dishes are prepared, everybody is invited to the table for the typical local lunch with accompanying wines. Afterwards, each participant will receive a certificate and an autographed apron as a souvenir of this special day.  

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What people are saying about Taormina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,093 reviews

Our tourguide was excellent! He picked up us at our hotel where we were staying and he was telling us about everything we saw during the drive. When we got to Etna, it was well organised and they provided us with lot of information. After our hike, they prepared a tasting of Etna's fire, a local liquor, which was a nice surprise. I highly recommend them.

Marco was our guide and I cannot say enough good things about him. Very friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our day very much and he made sure we had a wonderful time. I highly recommend this tour and if Marco is your guide, you will learn a lot about his beautiful country. Just ask.

We had an amazing time; the tour guide was very informative and explained everything in detail. I only wish we had more time spent at Taormina, but apart from that, amazing experience. thank you.

Such a fun experience! Highly recommend, especially for the whole family!

Once in a lifetime experience. Best thing I did in Sicily