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  • Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

    1. Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

    Travel in a small group with an expert guide from Taormina to Etna on this full-day tour. Enjoy a 2-hour hike around the perimeters of extinct craters and along lava-covered paths at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Visit the volcanic underground, discovering one of the wonders of Etna. Stop for lunch and visit a local winery for a guided tasting of Etna wines (DOC). The 3-course lunch features typical Sicilian antipasti, a main course, and a delicious dessert. Last on the itinerary is a visit to the Alcantara Canyons, formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed into the Alcantara River, from a panoramic view point.

    Our Guide Alex was very passionate and had a Great knowledge about vulcanos. A wonderful combination of exploring Etna. Good Wine and Alcantara gorge. We had a wonderful day.

  • Etna Upper Craters Day Tour from Taormina

    2. Etna Upper Craters Day Tour from Taormina

    Be picked up at 8:30 AM and relax as you are driven to visit the highest volcano in Europe with its smoking peak seen throughout Sicily. Drive to the Mount Etna Refuge with the opportunity for refreshments as you ready yourself for further ascent.  Climb higher by cable car up to 2,500 meters and continuing on board jeeps up to the authorized crater zones at approximately 3,000 meters with the assistance of licensed Guides of the CAI, Italian Alpine Club. See the 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters. Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in a safety zone according to weather conditions. Gazing over an active volcano, make memories sure to last a lifetime.

    We enjoyed our tour in general, but most of the time we were driving in a bus, taking the cable cart or driving in a mountain bus. Though we didn't need to stand in a line to cable cart or mountain bus for too long, traveling took way too much time. We had less than an hour up at 2900 meters and it was just enough to take a guided tour around a crater, but not enough to explore. All that trouble for a mere 45 mins up the mountain was a bit of a disappointment. Going higher up the mountain was of course forbidden. The mountain guide who walked us around one crater was very informative and multilingual. Our own guide was very pleasant, efficient and attentive. She spoke the whole drive up and down in three languages. The bus driver was amazingly skillful and drove that monster bus like a.. well.. a pro. We had cloudy weather so no breathtaking views down, but the summit was clearly visible from 2900 and we were quite pleased to see it.

  • From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

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

    Following pick-up at a pre-arranged pick-up point, depart Taormina at about 08:30 and journey to the foothills of Mt. Etna. Travel in a small group of no more than 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience. You will be accompanied by a guide trained in volcanology, biology or geology for your convenience. Upon arrival at the active volcano, hike for approximately 1.5 hours around the perimeters of some of its extinct craters. Walk through ancient woods and along paths covered with lava about 2,000 meters above sea level. Get a better appreciation of this emblem of Sicily and its surrounding landscape from a different perspective. Learn about the fascinating volcanic phenomenon, before heading underground to explore one of the lava caves. Then, head to a local café for a typical savory snack of a sandwich, wine, a dessert and a tasting of almond wine, which is a typical S...

    The combination of Etna's self-evident beauty and guidance by a passionate local scientist makes this truly special. The vibrant colors of Etna's fall foliage was unexpected and stunning, and the mild November temperatures a circumstance to be grateful for. Tony was an exceptional guide whose passion for and knowledge of geology and history were a blessing. lt's a gift to be guided by someone who comes from a long local lineage that have called Etna their home.

  • Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola 5-Hour Tour

    4. Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola 5-Hour Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Catania, and then travel by bus to the seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Continue to the beautiful almond wine village of Castelmola on the Ionian coast. Visit the nature reserve on the small island of Isola Bella, connected to the mainland by a thin strip of sand. Get stunning views of the bay and promontories of Capo Sant’Andrea, and cool down with a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea. Move on to the pretty resort town of Taormina and get a stunning view of the Messina Gate from the Corso Umberto on arrival. See the important monuments of the historic town center, including the Palazzo Corvaja, Teatro Antico and medieval Cattedrale Fortezza. Get some time to browse the boutique stores and handicraft shops before the return trip to Catania.

    Fun. A lot of new sights and ability to swim in Taormina. Overall really fun trip.

  • Etna Nature and Flavors: 6-Hour Tour from Taormina

    5. Etna Nature and Flavors: 6-Hour Tour from Taormina

    Visit the tallest volcano in Europe and explore Etna Park on a 6-hour tour from Taormina. The first stop of the day is in the town of Zafferana, known as the town of honey, located on the eastern side of Etna. Visit one of the area’s top organic farms to taste products such as honey, olive oil and wine. Later, put on a helmet and headlamp and head inside a lava cave to learn how lava flows are formed. At the Sapienza Refuge, see both the newest eruptions of the volcano and the old Silvestri craters dating from the 1892 eruption. Trek along a nature path enjoying breathtaking views, before the drive back to Taormina.

    Great tour to see Mount Etna! Our tour guide Andreas was great and very insightful, he answered all our questions and told us many things along the way. Definitely bring something warm to wear. We went mid August and it was about 17 degrees and windy, a lot of people had to buy sweaters in the end, especially if you plan on taking the funicular higher up. The tour of the bee farm was also nice but definitely not the highlight of the trip.

  • From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

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

    No trip to Sicily would be complete without a visit to the tempestuous territories of Mount Etna. Just jump in the shuttle bus and head out into the lunar landscape of one of the world’s most active volcanoes. At over 6,500 ft (1,981 meters), this majestic mountain dominates the coastline, concealing plenty of treasures within its lair. Starting at Rifugio Sapienza, follow the line of the old Sivestri 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, take a look at the spectacular wildlife reserve of Isola Bella from the top. 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 t...

    Great tour. Maybe a little less Etna and more Taormina. The honey shop should be skipped and therefor we could have more time in Taormina.

  • Mount Etna 5-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour

    7. Mount Etna 5-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and journey with an authorized local guide through the typical villages of Sicily's west coast. Pass houses made from lava stone and marvel at groves of orange, olive and almond trees. Listen to tales of local traditions and learn about the food and wines produced in the volcanic landscape of Mount Etna. Stop at a family-run winery and get a glass of rosé prosecco as a welcome. Visit the cellars before a wine tasting with cold appetizers in a lava stone open-air amphitheater. Sample a glass of white and red wine with locally produced cheeses, salamis, artichokes and more. Continue to a farmhouse to savor more food and wine on an open-air terrace overlooking the vineyards. Try various dishes, including ricotta cheese with marmalade and 2 different pastas made with seasonal ingredients, such as black pork sauce.  Finish your tour, tasting a h...

    What a fabulous experience! Fabio was a wonderful guide, the wine and food were terrific, it was just so enjoyable. Would recommend highly.

  • Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

    8. Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

    Europe’s highest active volcano is studied extensively by scientists and is popular with trekkers and nature lovers as well. Visit Mount Etna and the clifftop village of Taormina on this 11-hour excursion from Palermo. From Crateri Silvestri you’ll take the funicular with a local mountain guide all the way up to 2,500 meters above sea level. From this point you’ll experience unforgettable panoramic views. Just south of Taormina is the nature reserve of Isola Bella, and further south you’ll see the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Visit the village of Taormina, a 45-minute drive from Mount Etna. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, the village features an ancient Greek theater, many old churches, antique shops, lively bars and fine restaurants.

    C'était une grande expérience de faire ce voyage. Au sommet (à 2900 m de hauteur) on se rend compte de l'ampleur et de la force de ce volcan. Les guides étaient très sympas et toujours à nos soins. Ils veillaient sur tout le monde et fournissaient des détails pour des promenades. Je ne peux que conseiller ce voyage même si le trajet en autobus est assez long. Grand compliment pour le chauffeur du bus.

  • From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Full-day Tour

    9. From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Full-day Tour

    Take a tour of Stromboli and Panarea, both belonging to the Aeolian Archipelago.  Enjoy this is unique chance to see volcanic eruptions and learn the history of these ancient islands. On a private motor boat equipped with toilets and bar, you will arrive at Panarea onto Calajunco Bay and the small Zimmari Beach. Take in the quiet beauty of these stunning beaches as you explore the second smallest of the islands. Meander along its winding streets and gravel beaches, taking in the the perfect Sicilian backdrop.  Back on board again and sail around the rocks in front of Panarea and then proceed to Stromboli, home to one of Italy’s 3 active volcanoes. Constantly active, you will be able to see the eruptions from the sea and the many viewing points on the island. This spectacular phenomenon has given the island the nickname of 'Lighthouse of the Mediterranean'. After looking over the small ...

    The tour guide Alexandria was great! She told different things along the way in Italian, English and German. We first went to Panarea, which was really nice. We had 2 hours to walk around and visited the prehistoric village. Next was de island Stromboli with the beautiful black beatches. Here we could walk around for about 3 hours. Our tour guide organised a little tour and showed us the highlights of the island. When we were on the boat again we went to the other site of the island and saw an amazing sunset and a lot of little errutions of the vulcano Stromboli. It was a really great day!

  • Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

    10. Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

    Relax on this 2-hour boat tour of the Taormina coastline. The tour will depart from the Giardini Naxos port before taking you out into the expansive turquoise sea, sailing past many beautiful sights along the way. The tour includes visits to some stunning places around Taormina, such as Cape Schisò, Cape Taormina, Cross Rock, Prickly Pears Rock. See the Cave of the Mermaids, Grotta Azzurra, the Coral Cave, the Ziu Innaru Rock and the Bay of Mazzaro. You have the chance to stop at the breathtaking Isola Bella bay and plunge yourself into the crystal clear waters for some swimming or snorkeling. You will enjoy a snack and a drink at the bay before returning back to the port. This is a truly unmissable way to see the natural beauty of Taormina from the sea. 

    Amazing experience - fantastic boat, crew and views. Highly recommend, a highlight of our trip. Recommend bringing snorkelling mask for the swim (buy beforehand, shops along the seafront)

Frequently asked questions about Taormina

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Planning Your Visit

  • What to eat in Taormina?

    Mediterranean staples and Italian traditions rule the cuisine of Taormina. While you're in town, nibble on local dishes like tuna crusted with couscous, grilled zucchini, and of course Sicilian pesto.

  • How to get around Taormina?

    Though it is possible to walk the city center of Taormina, to get further from the center, you'll want to take a local bus or taxi. You can also take the train for beautiful panoramic views and faster travel times.

Good to know

  • Language
    Sicilian and Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Sicily is quite beautiful year-round but to get the most from your visit to Taormina we recommend going in the summer. Long sunny days are the norm in June, July, and August. Plus, you'll be able to catch more local happenings as well.

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What people are saying about Taormina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,207 reviews

My husband and I decided to take this cruise after our travel agent recommended it to us. We were so thrilled with our experience. We got lucky to be with one other couple who were the sweetest souls and made our experience that much better. Graziella and Saro are so incredibly lovely and charming--they completely made this experience as amazing as it was. The views were amazing, made better by Graziella's knowledge of the island. The boat is kept up meticulously well and we loved having the snacks they provided toward the end of our tour, after we were done swimming. My husband and I are on our honeymoon and they toasted us with prosecco which was such a beautiful gesture. Highly, highly recommend this tour, independently owned by a wonderful wife and husband team.

We had a perfect day with Salvo (Salvatore) who was such a friendly and funny guide which a huge knowledge of Etna and its surroundings. We booked the cable car tour to the Etna which costs additional 67 Euros but its very much worth the money, would highly recommend! We also went into a Lava cave and a local Wine, Honey and Olive Oil producer where you can buy these items if you like to. Last stop was Taormina which is one of the most beautiful cities. The ride between these locations was very informative because Salvo is such a passionate Sicilian who really enjoyed our whole group of 8 people from all over the world. Can definitely recommend to book this tour! Thank you Salvo for this great day :-) Greetings from (cold) Duesseldorf!

Amazing experience - fantastic boat, crew and views. Highly recommend, a highlight of our trip. Recommend bringing snorkelling mask for the swim (buy beforehand, shops along the seafront)

It was a great experience and we learnt a lot about Sicily! The tour was very good. Antonio was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humour. Indefinitely recommend this tour.

What a fabulous experience! Fabio was a wonderful guide, the wine and food were terrific, it was just so enjoyable. Would recommend highly.