Welcome to Ionian Coast


It's worth taking a trip inland to visit Santa Severina, a spectacular mountain-top town, 26km northwest of Crotone. The town is dominated by a Norman castle and is home to a beautiful Byzantine church. But the true glories of this long stretch of coast are its museums and archaeological sites, preserving what remains of the pre-Roman cities of Magna Graecia (Greater Greece).


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Ionian Coast activities

$55.94 Cultural & Theme Tours

Messina City and Coast Tour

Hop aboard your air-conditioned bus in Messina’s Cathedral Square or at the port terminal, then travel in comfort through the streets as your guide brings this coastal city’s history to life. Admire the striking bell tower, home to the world's largest astronomical clock, and visit the Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani — a fine example of 12th-century Arab-Norman architecture.Continue on to the Church of Montalto and the Sanctuary of Christ the King, and listen as your guide sheds light on the region’s colorful local myth and folklore. During your tour, explore winding roads along the Ionian coast and gaze out over the UNESCO–listed Cape of Peloro, where traditional fishing boats bob on the calm waters. Afterward, return to your original departure point where your tour will come to an end.Lunch with one drink is included.

$90.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Taormina Traditional Sicilian Cooking Class

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Porta Messina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyYour chef will pick you up from your hotel or other location at your convenience, and you will be driven by car along the Ionian coast. Before starting to cook you are welcome to taste some excellent Sicilian wines and relish fresh Sicilian food (meat and cheese delicacies, vegetables, bread, olives and olive oil).During this private cooking class guided by a professional Sicilian chef, you will learn the local culinary traditions and recipes of typical plates of the island. You will cook two types of pasta for the first course, two types of traditional fish dishes for the second course, parmigiana or caponata for the side dish, and finally a traditional dessert (for example, cannoli siciliani, granita or panna cotta). Finally, you will sit at a table on the terrace and taste the prepared dishes accompanied by different Sicilian wines and liquors. After this unforgettable experience, the chef will drop you off at your hotel, accommodation or port.Duration: 4 hours

$167.84 Day Trips & Excursions

Etna & Taormina one day tour small group from Syracuse

In one day you have the chance to enjoy Etna and Taormina: our Volcano and the pearl of the Ioninan sea. Pick-up at your accommodation in Syracuse or in the close vicinity at around 8.00 am in the morning. The Etna and Taormina one day tour is divided in severals stops:First stop : While walking through secular woods, eccentric craters and singular lava formations (usually the Sartorius Mountains or the craters formed in 2002 on the Northeast side of Etna), our naturalistic guide will introduce you to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena.Second stop : You will explore a cave of volcanic origin (such as the “Cave of the Thieves” or the “Cave Cassone”), provided with the necessary equipment (helmets and torches). In winter, caves can not be visited in occurrence of significant snowfall or ice presence at the entrance which would make the entrance dangerous.Our guide will show you places from uncontaminated nature, where you can admire endemic species of plants and animals.Third stop : If weather conditions allow you, you will have a snack based on typical Sicilian street food. Otherwise, lunch will be closed at a pretty mountain farm.Fourth stop : In the afternoon you will arrive in Taormina where, by yourself, you can visit its elegant boulevard that separates the medieval gates of the city, Porta Catania and Porta Messina. You can admire, looking east, the breathtaking beauty of the Ionian coast and, on the other side, the majesty and grandeur of our Volcano.You will be provided with a map containing all the information on the most important places to visit. The guide will be waiting for you at the entrance of the town (since it is mostly pedestrian area) to come back to Catania, scheduled around 6.30 / 7.00  p.m.During the excursion, you will reach an altitude of up to 2000 mt (area of expertise of our naturalistic guides).Highlights: • Naturalistic/geologist guide  • Free rental of hiking boots and jackets  • Pick-up in Syracuse  • Snack included in the price • Map of Taormina  • Visit of a lava cave • Small group: maximum 8 people

$57.09 Outdoor Activities

Trekking Adventure in Porto Selvaggio Natural Park

We will explore the Natural Park of Porto Selvaggio, one of the most evocative places in all of Salento. We will do Trekking along the Neanderthal Path and the Sapiens Path. We will walk through a breathtaking natural path along the Ionian coast of Salento, characterized by high and scenic cliffs, fresh pine forests and Mediterranean scrub that laps the sea, sea caves and springs that are thrown into the sea forming natural pools of incomparable beauty. We will do Trekking surrounded by the Mediterranean vegetation, immersed in the intense aromas of aromatic herbs, we will make a jump in prehistory between caves and rock settlements. We will leave from Santa Caterina entering the Porto Selvaggio Natural Park , we will visit the Grotta di Capelvenere of incredible paleontological value. We will visit Torre dell'Alto with the enchanting panorama of the bay. We will walk the Bronze Path and enter the heart of the park along the ancient steps that will take us to Porto Selvaggio Bay. We will start again with a Trekking along the Path of the Neanderthals, which winds along the high coast where there are a series of caves. We will visit Grotta del Cavallo, paleontological and anthropological treasure, we will cross the famous "Eye of Porto Selvaggio", an incredible passage in the rock that overlooks the Uluzzo Bay with its coastal tower from a panoramic position. We will do Trekking on the Sapiens Path, where we will visit the very important Grotta Uluzzo, then climb the cliff and visit the Uluzzo Tower, where we can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Natural Park. Relaxation and short refreshment at the Prickly Pear. We will do Trekking along the Path in the Pinewood and then along the Path of Orchids, to return to the bay of Porto Selvaggio. Last stop at the Panoramio dedicated to Renata Fonte and return trekking along the Path of Bones that will take us to the starting point where the excursion will end.

$97.05 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Fish market tour and hands-on cooking class in Sicily

Catania offers a beautiful scenario: the wonderful strength of Etna, the snow-covered peaks, the crystal clear sea of the Ionian coast, the historical and archaeological heritage, the baroque churches and palaces, the enogastronomic traditions and music, the innate warmth and hospitality culture of the people.Discover this amazing city and learn all about Sicilian culinary tradition with a special hands-on cooking class.Guided by your passionate chef, begin your experience selecting the freshest ingredients at the market and end by sharing a full course meal with all participants.This Sicilian culinary experience is a must-do if you are looking to discover and experience Sicilian beautiful culture and city, Catania. Take the advantage of cooking in a kitchen located directly above the historic fish market “Piscaria” which counts to one of the main attractions of Catania.Here's a sample menu that you can choose to cook: -Appetizer: bruschetta, arancinetti, gratin mussels, sicilian caponata.- Main courses: pasta alla norma, risotto, fresh ravioli, pasta con le sarde, crusted potatoes, Sword fish, roll meat, stuffed squid, crusted potatoes seabream.- Dessert: sorbetto al limone, Sicilian cannolo.It is possible to make homemade pasta and pizza on request.Get ready for an authentic experience in Sicily!

$100.47 Day Trips & Excursions

Catania, Scicily The Godfather Film Locations Full-Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Etna Tribe, Catania, Province of Catania, Sicilyexcurion made by Etna tribeDuration: 7 hoursPass By: Museo Storico Etnoantropologico di Savoca, Savoca, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit savocaPass By: Ufficio Turistico di Savoca, Savoca, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit savocaPass By: Pineta di Savoca, Savoca, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit savocaStop At: Bar Vitelli, Savoca, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit the barDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cielo Assunta, Savoca, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit savocaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Chiesa di San Michele, Savoca, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit savocaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Chiesa di San Nicolo/Santa Lucia, Savoca, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit savocaDuration: 1 hourStop At: palazzo Trimarchivisit savocaDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Forza Dagrovisit forza d'agroDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Comune Forza D'Agròvisit forza d'agròDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Chiesa della SS Trinità e Convento Agostinianovisit the church of forza d'agròDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Chiesa Di San Francescovisit the churchDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Porta Catania di Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit taorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Porta Messina, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit taorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Isola Bella, Sicilyvisit isola bellaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit taorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Villa Comunale, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit taorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Ancient Theatre of Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit the theatre of taorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Torre dell'Orologio, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit taorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Piazza Duomo, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit taorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit taorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit taorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Naumachia - Antico Gymnasium romano, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyvisit taorminaDuration: 2 hours

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