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
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
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
Experience the magic of the Sicilian resort town of Taormina at night on this narrated walking tour. Your guide will reveal the history, culture, natural beauty and archaeology of this fascinating town perched on a hill as you visit Palazzo Corvaja, the ancient Roman theater, the Jewish Quarter, Piazza Duomo and other important areas and monuments. Enjoy coastal views from Corso Umberto and immerse yourself in the nighttime energy and typical Sicilian vibe of Old Town.
• 1.5 hours
Discover Lipari and Vulcano, two must-visit islands in the stunning UNESCO-listed Aeolian Archipelago. The chain of tiny islands boasts dramatic volcanic landscapes and Bahamas-esque beaches, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Spend time at leisure on each island, perhaps exploring Lipari Old Town, relaxing in Vulcano’s legendary mud baths or basking on the beaches under the sizzling sun.
• 11 hours
This full-day tour goes from Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, to the beautiful and characteristic town of Taormina in the afternoon. In the first part of the excursion, submerge in nature and visit old craters and lava flow caves, enjoy breathtaking views, and taste typical local product. In the afternoon, before visiting Taormina, you will stop and visit the beautiful "Isola Bella", where you will have the possibility to bathe.
• 9 hours