Taormina Tours: Explore the Jewel of Sicily

Taormina is located on the eastern coast of Sicily and one and a half hour drive from the historic city of Siracusa (Syracuse). Famous for its 1800-year old amphitheater, scenic vistas, great food and stunning beaches, the small city is one of the island’s most popular getaways.

Best Taormina Tours: Quick Roundup

Explore these wonderful Taormina tours, with more details on each of them below:

  1. Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina
  2. Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina
  3. Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea
  4. Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina
  5. Godfather Walking Tour in Savoca and Forza D’Agro with Options of Wine Tasting/Dinner

Nestled on the side of a mountain with Mount Etna (the tallest active volcano in Europe) in your line of sight, the rail station by the sea and lovely views all around, Taormina is blessed with nature’s bounty.

Hike up Mount Etna, join a wine tour, stop at the numerous restaurants, cafes, high-end boutiques and antique stores on cobble-stoned streets. Dip into the clear blue-green waters of sand or pebble beaches.

Explore the beautiful nature reserve Isola Bella, visit the tropical public garden Villa Communale, and definitely don’t leave Taormina without a visit to the spectacular horse-shoe shaped theater Teatro Greco.

Here are the best Taormina tours you can take to truly get to know this magical place:

1. Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina

Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from TaorminaPhoto Credit: Websi/Pixabay/CC0

Ancient Taormina was ruled by the Greeks and Romans, and as you would expect, remnants of those glorious years remain to this day. Visit the UNESCO heritage sites – Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale – and you’ll feel transported back in time where divine entities ruled over mortals from the skies.

Discover the symbolic significance of the temple of Castor and Pollux. Take in the Temple of Juno where coins were minted and birds’ flight patterns were studied to decode divine messages.

Get up and close with the richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world at the Villa Romana del Casale. An interesting one is the Bikini Girls mosaic that shows scantily-clad damsels performing sports activities.

2. Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina, SicilyPhoto Credit: whoefle/Pixabay/CC0

Is there a more unique way to spend the day than in the company of an active volcano? On your typical Mount Etna day trip, you will rub shoulders with historians, hikers and those who prefer volcanic wilderness to green pastures and tropical forests.

You are transported in comfort to the Rifugio Sapienza, the starting point of the hike to the largest volcano in Europe.

As you hike along the foothills of the volcano, you are sure to pause many times to admire the amazing views of the landscape and click away on your smartphone or digital camera.

Want to get to the blazing heart of mount Etna? Hop on a cable car first and then into a jeep that will take you to the upper craters from where the vistas are even more spell-bounding.

3. Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea

Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina - Stromboli and PanareaPhoto Credit: camux/Pixabay/CC0

If you’re in the mood for some island adventure, jump on a motorboat to Stromboli and Panarea, where natural beauty and geological wonders meet charming shops and delicious local fare.

The two UNESCO-listed sites on the Aeolian Archipelago promise fun, excitement and laughter.

First stop is Panarea with its quaint cafes and shop-lined streets where you can soak in the local culture and put your Italian language proficiency to the test. Onwards to Stomboli, you find yourself surrounded by sparkling waters and intriguing black-lava sand.

Explore the village and get your fill of dinner on the boat because you will need steady hands for your next experience at Sciara del Fuoco! Marvel at the fiery splashes of liquid lava exploding into cones in the night sky, and cap off a memorable end to a satisfying day.

4. Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

Sicilian Cooking Class in TaorminaPhoto Credit: merc67/BigStockPhoto

Whip up Sicilian delicacies under the watchful eyes of a professional chef. This is five hours of dolce vita for those who not only love to eat but also like to get their hands dirty in the kitchen!

Head off to the local market to see, touch and smell the goodness of ingredients, before packing off some to prepare your three-course meal at the restaurant. As a bonus, you also get to try some fine Italian wine.

Back to the kitchen, embark on an engaging cooking class where learning about regional cuisine and baking eggplant happen side-by-side.

After aprons have been put away and plates are ready for serving, dive into your sumptuous meal – complete with some local wine – and bid Bona Sira to the chef, experience certification in hand!

5. Godfather Walking Tour in Savoca and Forza D’Agro with Options of Wine Tasting/Dinner

Forza D'AgroPhoto Credit: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

This is a trip you cannot refuse, especially if you have seen the iconic movie The Godfather at least seven times. Stop by at some of the key locations where Francis Ford Coppola shot the masterpiece. They include Bar Vitelli, St.Nicholas and the scenic town of Forza D’Agro.

Get ‘inside information’ on what transpired during the shooting of the movie as you tuck in lemon granita or savor some of the region’s best wines accompanying an authentic Sicilian meal.

Head onwards to charming village locales and imagine what it would feel like to have lived here many years ago. Perhaps a quieter, mysterious place standing fearlessly against the mind-boggling landscape of mountains and the Ionian Coast.

At the end of an eventful day, you can choose to head back or finish in style at one of Sicily’s premier fish restaurants.

Conclusion

Taormina offers diverse possibilities for every type of traveler. If you want to experience Sicily at its finest, this hilltop town should definitely be on your radar.