The highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, majestically dominates the entire east coast of Sicily. We will climb up to 1800 meters s.l.m. until you reach the Silvestri Craters.
Meeting with our english speaking staff at the pier of Catania / Giardini Naxos – Taormina / Messina The highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, rises majestically on the entire east coast. We will reach the 6000 ft where we will see the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient lava flows in an almost lunar landscape and a fantastic panorama of the Ionic Sea.
If wanted, there is the possibility to reach the top area with the cable-car and jeeps (extra to pay directly on spot – € 65,00 p.p.). Afterwards, we will stop at a local honey producer, for a taste of the tipical products of this amazing volcano so as honeys, wines and olive oil.
Transfer to Taormina. The introduction to the Taormina will take us around the beautiful town, situated on a rocky plateau on the slopes of the steeply dropping Monte Tauro, dominating the Ionian coast from Capo Sant’Andrea to Capo Taormina with the Etna Volcano rising majestically in the background. Time available for lunch and visit of the downtown centre that represents a variety of historical periods, from the early Greek settlements and the Roman age, to the remains of Byzantine and Medieval constructions up to the 15th Century Catalan buildings and 17th Century Baroque churches and Palaces. Together with your guide, on foot you will visit the Greek Theatre, one of the city highlights built in the 3rd Century by the Greeks and later on almost completely remodelled by the Romans. It is the second most important and largest theatre in Sicily, surpassed only by the Greek Theatre in Syracuse. We visit the court yard of Palazzo Corvaja which is the most important medieval palace in town. We stroll along the main street “Corso Umberto”, arriving at the San Nicolò Cathedral square. We will also have time to wander its twisting alleys or stroll in the Public Gardens, established in the 19th century, with its three hectares of flower-beds, hedges and rare trees and thick. At the end of your journey, return to the port.