Taormina Culinary & nightlife

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Sicily: Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

1. Sicily: Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

Enjoy the sights and tastes of Italy à la The Godfather in the company of a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide.  Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or port at a time suitable to you before beginning your tour in Savoca, a medieval hilltop town where the fictitious Michael Corleone hid out during the "Going to the Mattresses" scene.  In Savoca, stop at Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly as it did in the movie. At Bar Vitelli, you will be invited to take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun, see pictures from The Godfather movie, enjoy the view from the square where the wedding scene was filmed, and purchase souvenirs.  The highlight, however, will be an optional tasting of Sicilian cannoli and lemon granita. Your next stop will be the church of Santa Lucia, where Michael and Apollonia got married. You will follow in the footsteps of the newlyweds down the hill into the town. Once in the town, visit another ancient church, dating back to the 13th century.  Your guide will tell you about the filming processes involved in shooting The Godfather and some fun trivia about the movie, the director, and the actors. Discover the history of the real Sicilian mafia from your guide. Hear how the mafia rose to power, its structure, and about the "Law of Silence", "Men of Respect" and the "Boss of the Bosses". After all this walking and learning, you will be taken to visit one of the best wine bars in Savoca where you can try excellent Sicilian wines and locally produced, traditional food including cheeses, salami, prosciutto, olives, and homemade bread.  During the tour in Savoca, you will also see the mirror monument dedicated to Coppola, on the panoramic terrace overlooking the Ionian coast, the site of Michael Corleone's wedding scene. Your tour will continue to Forza D'Agro, another stunning hilltop town. Your guide will lead you along abandoned streets towards the historic square where you will visit the churches Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata. In Forza D'Agro, you will see the piazza where young Vita Andolini escaped from Don Ciccio's men and you will walk up to the remains of a 12th-century Norman Castle to admire the panoramic view of the Ionian coastline.

From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

2. From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

Jump in the shuttle bus and head out into the lunar landscape of one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mount Etna. At over 6,500 ft (1,981 meters), this majestic mountain dominates the coastline, concealing plenty of treasures within its lair. No trip to Sicily would be complete without a visit to the tempestuous territories of Mount Etna. Starting at Rifugio Sapienza, follow the line of the old Silvestri craters down into a cave of lava formed during the eruption of 1792. From here, head to the province of Zafferana, where you'll visit a local organic farm and sample honey and wine, cultivated in the fertile soils of the region. En route to Taormina, look at the spectacular wildlife reserve of Isola Bella from above. Upon arrival, spend lunch at your leisure, then re-group to check out the highlights of this unique historical town. From the old-world charm of the ancient Greek theater to the breathtaking views of the Bay of Nexus and the striking architecture of Palazza Corvaja, this town steals the heart of every visitor.

Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

3. Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Spend a morning in Taormina learning how to cook delicious Sicilian food from a professional chef. At the end of the class, participants enjoy the lunch they created along with wine. Meeting at 10:00 AM at the Arch of Porta Messina, the activity starts with a guided tour of the market of Taormina. Shopping for fresh ingredients, the group will enjoy learning about the local products. Back at the restaurant the chef will explain the recipes in program while guests take a break for coffee. The preparation and the cooking of the food will then start, with the making of hand-made pasta a highlight. Once the dishes are prepared, everybody is invited to the table for the typical local lunch with accompanying wines. Afterwards, each participant will receive a certificate and an autographed apron as a souvenir of this special day.  

From Taormina: Mount Etna Food and Wine Tasting Tour

4. From Taormina: Mount Etna Food and Wine Tasting Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and journey with an authorized local guide through the typical villages of Sicily's west coast. Pass houses made from lava stone and marvel at groves of orange, olive and almond trees. Listen to tales of local traditions and learn about the food and wines produced in the volcanic landscape of Mount Etna. Stop at a family-run winery and get a glass of rosé Prosecco as a welcome.  Visit the cellars before a wine tasting with cold appetizers in a lava stone open-air amphitheater. Sample a glass of white and red wine with locally produced cheeses, salamis, artichokes and more. Continue to a farmhouse to savor more food and wine on an open-air terrace overlooking the vineyards. Try various dishes, including ricotta cheese with marmalade and 2 different pastas made with seasonal ingredients, such as black pork sauce.  Lastly, taste a homemade Limoncello and be dropped off at your accommodation.

Taormina: Half-Day Pizza Making Class

5. Taormina: Half-Day Pizza Making Class

Discover the secret to making an authentic Italian pizza at a half-day pizza making course in Taormina. Held in a pizzeria in the beautiful resort town, the class is led by a professional pizza maker, who will demonstrate how to prepare and bake a perfect pizza. Learn the basics of pizza preparation, following the simple advice and techniques demonstrated by your guide. Enjoy a hands-on experience as you discover how to make perfect pizza dough, get tips on what goes into a good pizza sauce, and hear how to have fun with pizza toppings. Learn the importance of a good wheat flour rich in gluten, water, and fresh yeast, discover how to stretch your dough, and how to transform it into something everyone will want to eat. Then, enjoy your pizzas for a complete meal that also includes mixed bruschetta, complimentary mineral water and soft drinks, and some local wine. Before you leave, your chef will present you with a pizza certificate to confirm that you are now a qualified pizza cook.

Taormina: Food and Wine Walking Tour

6. Taormina: Food and Wine Walking Tour

Hear about the old food traditions of Sicily on a 2.5-hour walking tour of Taormina. Meet local chefs and food heroes at 3 different venues and immerse yourself in the food scene. Try fresh seafood such as pepata di cozze (mussels in sauce) or alici alla beccafico con pesto trapanese (filled anchovies with pesto) paired with white wines from the region. Try a variety of bruschetta and other appetizers including cold cuts, soups, cheese with honey and marmalade and caponata (an eggplant dish from Sicily). Savor red wines such as Nero d’Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria and end with a tasting of local pastries and liquors.

Catania: Mt. Etna Private Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

7. Catania: Mt. Etna Private Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

Following pick-up from your hotel or other location of your choice at a time to suit you, travel by comfortable air-conditioned car to Europe's highest active volcano. Enjoy stunning sea views on the drive through the picturesque villages of Sicily en route to Mt. Etna. Arrive at the charming mountain town of Zafferana Etnea and take part in a tasting of authentic jams, honey and liquors from the region. Continue your drive to reach the plateau where the mountain hut of the Rifugio Sapienza is located, 2,000 meters above sea level. Experience the unique atmosphere of the volcano and its lunar landscapes first hand. See the famous craters of Silvestri and purchase souvenirs made from lava at one of the many shops. Climb to an altitude of 3,330 meters by cable car (subject to an additional fee of €65) if you are feeling adventurous. Then, get the opportunity to visit one of the best wineries at the foot of Mt. Etna. Descend the mountain and go to the Cantina Gambino to taste the superb red and white wines produced with the aid of the volcanic soil. Pair your wines with meat and cheese delicacies, vegetables, bread, olives and olive oil. Take in the stunning views of the Ionian Sea and mountain landscapes before getting dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

8. From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

Hike to the highest active volcano in Europe, Mt Etna, and continue to the characteristic town of Taormina on a guided day trip from Catania with return hotel transfers. Visit old craters and lava flow caves and sit down for a picnic lunch in nature with a glass of wine. Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Catania and make your way to Etna. Get introduced to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena by your guide. Gear up in hiking equipment and walk through ancient woods, extinct craters and past lava flows on Etna. Explore a volcanic cave and the surrounding landscape of Etna. After working up an appetite, enjoy a packed lunch with some typical street food products in an open area. In case of bad weather, go to a refuge to munch on sandwiches.  Next, head to the historical center of Taormina for a self-guided visit. Admire the Ionian coast on one side and Mount Etna on the other, immersed in a picturesque atmosphere. Visit the elegant avenue that separates the medieval city gates, Porta Catania and Porta Messina, walk down the alleys, and see the Greek theater. After your visit to Taormina, jump back on board for the return trip to Catania.

From Catania/Taormina: Mount Etna Cablecar & 4WD Tour

9. From Catania/Taormina: Mount Etna Cablecar & 4WD Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, set off in the direction of Mount Etna. Embark on an adventurous drive up to the volcano, passing by the small towns of Pedara, Nicolosi, and Zafferana Etnea and cold lava fields. Reach the Rifugio Sapienza Etna starting point where the next portion of the tour begins. Your English-speaking guide will explain to you the most interesting phenomena of the active volcano and about the plants and animals of the region. Climb into a cable car and soar up to an altitude of 2500 m. Next, continue upwards to 2900m in a special jeep. Explore the area at the foot of the main crater known as Torre del Filosofo. Marvel at the stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea if it is a clear day. During a 40-minute tour of the area, your expert alpine/volcanology guide will explain all about the geology of the area and how the hot smoking craters were formed after the 2002-2003 eruption.  After this, return to the Rifugio Sapienza to enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch at a chalet. Once you've filled your belly, get kitted up with helmets and flashlights and begin on an unforgettable adventure inside a real lava cave. At the end of the tour,  you will be driven back to your accommodation in Catania or Taormina.

Taormina Half-Day Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

10. Taormina Half-Day Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Enjoy a full-day journey through the food culture of Sicily on a half-day combined market tour and cookery class. Start by meeting your chef for a guided tour of the local markets. Savor the aromas and colors of Sicily’s produce, selecting ingredients to prepare your lunch. Meet the fruit and vegetable vendors to find out what’s in season, and the fishmonger to choose the fresh catch of the day. Then, head to the kitchen for a hands-on cooking class in the company of Chef Massimo. You will learn to make some of his family recipes and Sicilian specialties, such as ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers, a rainbow of sautéed peppers, eggplant and zucchini caponata, stuffed artichokes, and fresh egg pasta. For your main, you will prepare a fish, meat or vegetarian dish, such as involtini (rolled stuffed beef), fish cooked Taormina-style, or polpette (meatballs). End by making a typical Sicilian dessert, before enjoying a lunch based on the foods you prepared in class. Wash it all down with some delicious Sicilian wines.

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What people are saying about Taormina

Half day tour of northern aspect of Mount Etna including a hike, exploration of a cave and short visit to winery. Guide was very informative, friendly local with excellent knowledge of geology. Five stars

Joined a small group for a great trip out with Tony, our guide. Very informative & great views of Sicily. Finished at a local organic wine estate for lunch & a tasting. Time & money we’ll spent.

Our guide Antonio was excellent and shared great information about Sicilian wines. The lunch food was just OK, didn’t love it but we had a fun time either way.

Antonio was a wonderful guide, telling us lots of information about Mt. Etna and the wines. We had a fun group!

Tour guide was very accommodating. Shared the history and slowed us to explore on our own.