Our visit of Taormina begins with a short scenic route around the rocky plateau on the slopes of Mount Tauro where the city rise.
Meeting with our english speaking staff at the pier of Catania / Giardini Naxos – Taormina / Messina. Our introduction to Taormina today 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.
The downtown centre 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 by the will of Lady Florence Trevelyan, with its three hectares of flower-beds, hedges and rare trees and thick.
Head to the nearby village of Castelmola to enjoy a breathtaking view. There, in a bar in the picturesque Piazzetta del Duomo, enjoy a taste of the celebrated local almond wine and delectable Sicilian sweets. At the end of the visit, return to the port.