Bite into delicious Sicilian snacks on a 3- or 4-hour small-group food tour around Palermo. Accompanied by a local guide, take a journey through the city’s gastronomic landscape, exploring culinary haunts such as Vucciria Market and Mercato di Capo. See top attractions, including Teatro Massimo and and Piazza Pretoria, along the way. Taste five Sicilian specialties, such as ‘arancine’ (stuffed rice balls) and ‘panelle’ (chickpea fritters), as well as a local wine and seasonal dessert. This small-group tour is limited to 12 participants, ensuring you enjoy personalized attention.
• 7 hours
Visit Sicily’s famously fiery volcano, the magnificent Mount Etna, on a day trip from Taormina. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Etna is Europe’s tallest active volcano, and views from it over Parco dell Etna (the national park) are breathtaking. Explore the foothills around the base station on a 3-hour independent hike, or upgrade to include transport to Mount Etna’s upper area (at around 3000 meters) and an escorted walking tour of the upper crater.
• 8 hours
Cook a 3-course Sicilian meal at a Restaurant in central Taormina, and then savor the dishes with samples of local wine! The 5-hour cooking class is led by a professional local chef, and includes a visit to Taormina open market to select the freshest ingredients of the day. Learn about Sicily’s varied, fresh and fragrant cuisine that follows the seasons, and learn about classic Sicilian dishes like ‘Parmigiana di melanzane.’
• 5 hours
Explore two of Sicily’s top UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale – on a day trip from Taormina, led by a local guide! After getting acquainted with Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, visit the town of Piazza Armerina to see a staggering collection of Roman mosaics inside Villa Romana del Casale, an ancient hunting lodge. All entrance fees are payable locally.
• 12 hours
Discover the best of western Sicily on a day trip to Erice and Segesta from Palermo. Be wowed by the views from Erice, a walled medieval mountain town that overlooks the picturesque Trapani harbor. Visit an olive oil producer and enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch, as well as tastings of locally produced oil and wine. Spend the afternoon at the archaeological site of Segesta. Discover the unfinished temple at your leisure and soak up dreamy views of Sicily’s sun-drenched valleys and hills.
• 8 hours
Explore the volcanic islands of Panarea and Stromboli in the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Archipelago, on a day trip from Taormina. After traveling by motorboat to each island, enjoy free time to swim in their crystalline waters or amble around their villages. Cruise around Stromboli to see the island’s volcano at its bombastic best. A crater called Sciara del Fuoco is easily visible from the water, so look out for its frequent jet-like eruptions lighting up the night sky!
• 13 hours
Walking tour through the bustling markets and historical squares of the city centre of Catania to taste the best street food of the city. To visit Catania without savoring the amazing street food available at all hours, from dawn to night, would mean not to have a true vision of the city. The street food of Catania has a true cult following. The city is now a must for all gourmets and food lovers.
• 4 hours
Taste Sicilian food at its finest on this 2-hour evening walking tour of Taormina. Eat and drink like a true local as your guide brings you to the best neighborhood establishments where you’ll sample a variety of delicious regional specialties. Eat fresh fish prepared four different ways, a variety of bruschetta, cakes and other mouthwatering delicacies, as well as palate-pleasing red and white wine and liquor. Be introduced to new tastes and flavors from your professional guide, a food aficionado.
• 2 hours
Spend a day in the sunny city of Syracuse in southeast Sicily on a full-day tour from Taormina! With stunning coastal scenery as well as ancient Greek and Roman ruins, the city is the perfect destination for a day of leisurely sightseeing. Discover intriguing attractions like the Ear of Dionysius on a visit to Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (entry own expense), and then explore Syracuse’s island neighborhood of Ortygia in the afternoon.
• 9 hours
Leave Taormina and ride around Mount Etna by 1950s-era train on the Circumetnea Railway! This exciting day trip also includes trips to the rock pools and canyons of Alcantara Gorges (entrance own expense) and the foothills of Sicily’s vivacious volcano. If you want to see Mount Etna’s smouldering upper carters, upgrade to include transport and a walking tour of the craters. Note that from November 1 to March 31, the tour does not include the train ride nor the optional upgrade to the upper areas.
• 10 hours