Catania
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Messina Shore Excursion: Private Trip to Taormina & Etna

1. Messina Shore Excursion: Private Trip to Taormina & Etna

Experience an unforgettable day climbing one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. Visit one of the pearls of the Mediterranean, Taormina. Disembark at the port of Messina to meet your driver. Begin your private excursion by climbing Mount Etna. It is the highest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. It has also been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013. Be driven up to 1800 meters. From there, explore the Silvestri Craters and its lava-covered slopes. Continue onward to Taormina, perched on a terrace overlooking the sea. Considered the "Lady of the Ionic Coast", it has historically been a destination for celebrities. From this hilltop town, enjoy a splendid landscape, dotted with colorful coves interspersed with Mediterranean scrub and sea. Visit the ancient theatre in Taormina, one of the greatest of the Greek-Roman era, and afterward immerse yourself in the city. Return to the parking area in Taormina to head back to the port of Messina with your driver.

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Catania: Ursino Castle and Old Town Segway Tour

2. Catania: Ursino Castle and Old Town Segway Tour

Situated between the Ionian Sea and the slopes of Mt Etna, the town of Catania is rich in folklore, history, and beauty. On this guided Segway tour, you will be able to visit the entire Old Town. Start from the meeting point, where you'll learn how to use your Segway. From here we glide into the heart of the city to reach Piazza Duomo. Taking via Etnea, cross Piazza Università. From here, head to Piazza Vincenzo Bellini where there is the wonderful lyrical theater named after Vincenzo Bellini. Going along Via Etnea, you'll reach Piazza Stesicoro to see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater and the monument to Vincenzo Bellini; Catania’s Swan. Having covered another piece of vibrant Via Etnea, cross the green area of a public garden to reach the town's highest point where you can admire San Nicola church and the Benedictine’s Monastery. After that, continue riding your Segway to Piazza Federico di Svevia, where you will find Ursino Castle; a 13th-century structure that is the only surviving remnant of the medieval town.

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Castelmola and Taormina Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

3. Castelmola and Taormina Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a full-day scenic tour of the east coast of Sicily with pick-up and drop offs from the harbor towns of Naxos, Messina and Catania. Traveling by air conditioned vehicle, your first stop will be the picturesque medieval village of Castelmola, following a panoramic road from Naxos that towers 1,740 feet (530 meters) above sea level. The journey itself is an adventure, but the destination is a dream. Enjoy panoramic sea views, and take a leisurely walk along the narrow streets and alleys. Then, head down to Taormina, often referred to as the "Pearl of Sicily." Admire historic landmarks, such as fragments of the old town walls and the Porta Messina entrance, as well as the 10th-century Palace of Corvaja. Enjoy the bohemian atmosphere reflected in quaint cafés, restaurants, and boutique stores along the Corso Umberto, where you will get plenty of time to explore on your own. And visit the ruins of the Teatro Greco, occupying a lofty location high on a hill that rewards with yet more breathtaking views.

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Etna and Taormina Shore Excursion

4. Etna and Taormina Shore Excursion

At a height of 3,320 meters above sea level and a diameter of over 40 kilometers, Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. Explore the volcano and the town of Taormina on a full-day tour. Visit Monti Rossi, responsible for the major eruption in 1669, and see a lava stone quarry. Take a short, moderate hike at Crateri Silvestri (2,000 meters above sea level). Put on a helmet and grab a flashlight to explore a lava tube. Stop at a 1992 eruption, taste local products and visit the village of Zafferana for lunch. Lastly, enjoy a free walking tour along Taormina’s narrow streets, and see the Greek theater (tickets not included), the cathedral, the botanical garden and more.

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What people are saying about Catania

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A great morning in Catania

We (4 friends) have booked a segway tour in Catania. We were a bit queasy at the beginning of the tour. But Leon, the organizer was our companion, helped us in every situation, even stopped the traffic for us and also enabled us to visit the Cathedrale. It was fantastic. Our guide Simon knows many interesting things about the city and made the morning culturally interesting. Any time ! Thanks for the exciting hours!

A fantastic day with expert navigation and knowledge T

Our guide Chiara was very knowledgeable and an expert in both the ancient and more recent history of the region. She was excellent A great driver, Claudio was very patient and a very capable driver. We loved ever minute of the day from visiting the markets in Catania to Mt Etna, Castelmola and the beautiful Taormina Thank you

Our guide met us at our Cruise port and took us to our air conditioned van. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our group of 6 enjoyed the tour guide, transportation, information, and views of Castelmola, Mt. Etna and Toarmina (including Greek-Roman Amphitheater). We had ample time for shopping and lunch.