TOURISM>> Day trips from Taormina, Catania and Syracuse

In this page you will discover 10 great

day trips from Taormina;

the most of them are available from Catania and Syracuse too!

Taormina (“the jewel of Sicily”), Catania (the second city of Sicily which lies beneath Mt. Etna) and Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian, “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all”, in the opinion of Cicero) are 3 perfect base points to explore the Eastern side of the Island and 3 great sicilian towns where to stay in Sicily.

Mt. Etna volcano, Aeolian Islands, Ortigia, Taormina and its ancient Greek theater, Ragusa and Montalbano locations, the land of the Cyclops, Savoca and Godfathers locations, Villa Romana in Piazza Armerina, Alcantara Gorge are some of the stunning beauties and places to visit in Sicily.

We have created a “Top Ten” of Sicily excursions: a selecion of private day trips from Taormina, Catania and Syracuse to find out the most important artistic, archaeological, cultural and natural places in East Sicily and enjoy the most inviting delicacies of Sicilian cuisine.

Our Sicily day tours are always private tours: even if you are a solitary traveller you will never be grouped with other people... it is all tailor made just for you and your needs!

During every excursion we provide you with expert English speaking guides, couriers and drivers and we give you the chance to discover these wonders in a stimulating and relaxing way.

Additionally all these day trips from Catania, Taormina or Siracusa can be further personalized to your specific needs: English (and other languages) speaking guides, couriers/tour guides are available on request.

Because we want you to decide what to do each day, meals are usually not included: the driver will advise you the best restaurants to suit your need. On request we can arrange lunches, wine tastings or other food experiences at the best Sicilian locations.

All these full day trips from Catania, Taormina and Syracuse last 8 hours (generally from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM).

All our day trips from Syracuse, Catania and Taormina include private transfers by car or middle-size vans and they are made only for you!

With our knowledge of the most hidden and inaccessible treasures of our beloved island, we “stand out from the crowd” and we can be your “private guide” in Sicily to experience the island from a different point of view.

Choose the best things to see in Sicily and customize your Sicily holidays by selecting the day trips that satisfy your own traveller identity!

Mt. Etna Tour, Sicilian Wine & visit of Taormina

If you stay in Catania or Syracuse, don't miss the chance to enjoy a day trip to Mt. Etna and Taormina, a perfect mix of beauty and pleasure!
In the morning have a guided tour of Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe (added to the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites in June 2013). Enjoy a drive to Silvestri Craters in the south of Etna volcano or combine an adventure tour by 4wd vehicles with a pleasant walk to admire the signs of last eruptions in the North area.
At lunchtime reach a Sicilian winery at the slopes of Mt. Etna, surrounded by vineyards and fascinating natural environment. Experience the typical Etna Sicilian wine and have a lunch with some great Sicilian food.
After lunch move to Taormina, a stunning small town that overlooks the beautiful bay of Isola Bella with a spectacular view of Mt. Etna. Enjoy a walk to discover the nice cathedral, the streets of the old town where you can do shopping and the famous ancient Greek theatre (2nd century BC).

CATANIA WALKING TOUR: AMONG ART AND FLAVOURS

Catania is located on the east coast of Sicily, at the foot of the Mount Etna. It is the second largest city in Sicily and the tenth in Italy. It has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC by the ancient Greeks.
You will visit the Baroque city center of Catania (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), famous for the Roman amphitheatre, the historical churches, the Ursino Castle and the Piazza Duomo with the famous elephant (symbol of the city).
You will have a typical Sicilian lunch at a restaurant in the heart of the city and you will enjoy a funny experience at Piscarìa, an authentic Sicilian outdoor fish market where you will be seduced by colours and flavours.

THE GODFATHERS LOCATIONS TOUR

Discover The Godfather filming locations: visit “The Castle of Slaves” in Fiumefreddo, a baroque building from the 18th century (many scenes of The Godfather trilogy by Francis Ford Coppola were shot there).
Enjoy the panoramic road to Forza d'Agro. In this small town you will enjoy a great fish and a stunning view of the East coast of Sicily.
In the afternoon reach Savoca and visit the old bar Vitelli, where The Godfather was filmed. It was featured in the motion picture as the place where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia's father to meet his daughter.
Take a picture at the church of San Nicolò, where The Godfather's wedding takes place.

Boat Tour along the coastline of Taormina

Enjoy a great private boat tour and discover the treasures of one of the most stunning coastlines of Sicily.
Have a private transfer by middle sized van from your hotel to the port of Giardini Naxos.
Experience the navigation by private boat (captain and English speaking hostess included) along the coastline of Taormina .
You would see some nature beauties such as the famous Isola Bella (“the beautiful island" in front of Taormina), the Cave of the Sirens, “the rock of the prickly peers”, the bay of Mazzarò, the bay of St. Nicholas, Cape Taormina, the coral cave, the Sirens bay and the Blue Cave.

TOUR OF VILLA ROMANA AND CALTAGIRONE

Discover the world's finest pottery and mosaics during the excursion to Roman Villa and Caltagirone!
Piazza Armerina, almost in the center of Sicily, is a nice small town famous in the world for the Archaeological Park which includes the "Villa Romana del Casale". The Roman Villa (from the 4th century) includes many magnificent mosaics and representations of classical mythology, in excellent condition.
Have a great lunch at a typical restaurant in Caltagirone, a nice town famous for the production of pottery. Seat at the wonderful staircase of S. Maria del Monte, which leads to the Cathedral. All of the 142 steps are made of lava and decorated with exquisite floral and geometric motifs. Have a refreshment tasting the local sweets made of fresh "ricotta".

ETNA TOUR & SICILIAN WINE

Sicily is a land of volcanoes and gives the traveler unique shows where the force of nature appears among a moon scenery on the heart.
Have a guided tour of Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe (3.329 m – 10.922 ft). It was added to the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites in June 2013. Enjoy a drive to Silvestri Craters in the south of Etna volcano (on request you can add a pleasant cable car ride up to 2500 meters. Then reach 2920 meters by special 4x4 vehicle and admire the craters created during the eruptions of 2002) or combine an adventure tour by 4wd vehicles with a pleasant walk to admire the signs of last eruptions in the North area.
Reach an old Sicilian winery at the slopes of Mt. Etna, surrounded by vineyards and fascinating natural environment.
Experience the typical Etna Sicilian wine and have a lunch with some great Sicilian food and delicacies.

RAGUSA AND MONTALBANO LOCATIONS TOUR

Go on trail of Inspector Montalbano and discover the Sicilian locations where Montalbano is filmed.
Visit Ragusa Ibla and a unique architectural phenomenon in the world, the Val di Noto Baroque, included in the Unesco Heritage Site list. We will show you a timeless Sicily in a maze of narrow cobbled streets, churches, palaces and monuments. The most of them are adorned with capitals made of local stone and inlaid by the hands of skilled craftsmen.
Visit the Castle of Donnafugata from the 19 century and have a great Sicilian lunch at a nearby typical farmhouse. Discover the stunning beach of Punta Secca and then Scicli and Modica to discover their baroque identity and their culinary tradition rich in ice creams and chocolates.

WALKING TOUR OF TAORMINA AND CASTELMOLA

Because of the strategic location and the Greek soul, Taormina is one of the most beautiful places in the world and one of the best places to visit in Sicily. The town was built on a fertile hill (200 m above a turquoise sea) and overlooks the beautiful bay of Isola Bella with a spectacular view of Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe.
Taormina combines the natural beauty with the artistic and archaeological heritage: Taormina walking tour gives you the chance to discover the nice cathedral, the streets of the old town where you can do shopping and the famous ancient Greek theatre (2nd century BC).
After a great lunch at a restaurant with a special view on the bay, you will visit Castelmola, a small village with the remains of the Roman castle and a magnificent view on the Ionian coast of Sicily.

SYRACUSE WALKING TOUR

Syracuse, “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all”, in the opinion of Cicero, is included in the Unesco Heritage Site list.
The town is almost 2700 years old: it was founded by Ancient Greek Corinthians and Teneans on the island of Ortigia. Right in Ortigia you will start the walking tour of Syracuse admiring the remains of Greek civilization, first of all the temple of Apollo, the oldest one in Sicily. The cathedral of Syracuse in Ortigia incorporates the temple of Athena and it is the first Christian church in Europe.
After a great lunch at a special restaurant in Ortigia, you will visit the archaeological park of Syracuse where you will see the ancient Greek theatre (the largest and the best preserved in the entire Hellenic world), the Ear of Dionysius and the Roman amphitheatre.

THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS AND ACITREZZA

Follow the legendary Odysseus's Route during the navigation by private boat along the Cyclops Coast and Acitrezza nature reserve.
Look at “faraglioni” (huge rocks that Polyphemus casts towards Odysseus's ship) and Lachea Island.
Spend some time for swimming and snorkeling during the navigation in the coastline.
Reach Acitrezza, a pittoresque fishermen town and enjoy a lunch at typical Sicilian seafood restaurant with a stunning Ionian sea view.
After lunch visit Acireale a nice town rich in important baroque churches and historical building.

MT. ETNA, ALCANTARA GORGE & SICILIAN WINE

Enjoy a guided tour of Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe (3.329 m – 10.922 ft; Unesco World Heritage Sites).
Reach Piano Provenzana (North Etna) by jeep and start and admire some stunning extinguished craters and the eruptions of 2002. Visit a lava flow cave and the amazing Bove Valley.
At lunchtime reach a Sicilian winery at the slopes of Mt. Etna, surrounded by vineyards and fascinating natural environment. Experience the typical Etna Sicilian wine and have a lunch with some great Sicilian food.
After lunch move to the Alcantara Gorge, a beautiful canyon (about 300.000 years old) carved by the namesake river over millions of years. Its stunning black basalt columns (organ pipes) can grow up to 50 meters.
On request enjoy its amazing Botanical Park: it covers many hectares of land planted with lemon and oranges trees, olive groves and many other kinds of Mediterranean plants.

AEOLIAN ISLANDS TOUR: PRISTINE SEA AND VOLCANOES

Discover the Aeolian Islands, one of the most stunning archipelagos of the world. Navigate from the harbour of Milazzo to Lipari. Visit its historic centre and its important museum of archaeology.
Enjoy “Cave di Pomice” (Pumice quarry), a white coastline where waters have an incredible kind of blue. Spend your time swimming and snorkeling. Reach Vulcano island, the 3rd Sicilian active volcano and also an island with beautiful black sand beaches.
Have a lunch at a typical Sicilian restaurant. Enjoy a hot mud sulphur bath or an easy hiking to the top of the volcano: you can reach the crater in 40 minutes from the beach.

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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the drive from Taormina to Palermo is about 160 miles – 260 km.
In a short time, all on a very nice freeway, you can reach the West Coast and many other best places in Sicily.
If you want to combine together these East Sicily day trips from Taormina, Catania and Syracuse with other other Sicily day tours in the rest of the island and with other custom travel solutions, please visit this interactive page.
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