Excursion Giardini, Taormina and Castelmola

Half day tour

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From Catania: 01/01 to 31/12 - Every Tuesday / Thursday

The tour will begin by visiting the fishing town of Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily, founded in 734 b.C.

After driving along the seafront and enjoying the beautiful Naxos bay, you will head for Castelmola, but first you will stop to an overlook to admire “Isola Bella”, a Wildlife Reserve considered the “pearl of the Ionian sea” for its natural beauty, connected to the mainland by a thin strip of sand. From here it is possible to admire the bay, and the promontories of Capo S. Andrea, that hosts the renowned Grotta Azzurra (The Blue Cave), and of Capo Taormina.

In Castelmola you will walk along the characteristics streets of the town, and stop to see the ruins of the imposing Norman walls and the main square (Duomo) with the Mother Church, rebuilt between 1934 and 1935 on the existing cathedral and dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari.

The last part of the excursion will be dedicated to visiting the picturesque town of Taormina. 

Along the main road of this town, Corso Umberto, with the Messina Gate below and the  Catania Gate on the mountain side, you will admire the most important monuments: Palazzo Corvaja (The Corvaja Palace), the Teatro Antico* (The Old Theatre), Piazza IX Aprile, the Torre dell’orologio (The Clock Tower), the Cattedrale Fortezza (The Fortress Cathedral), the Badia Vecchia (The Old Abbey), and the Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano (The Duke of Saint Stephen Palace), and much more. It will also be possible to go shopping in the exclusive shops which alternate with workshops.

Recommended equipment

Comfortable shoes / Water / Hat and sunglasses.


Tours suitable for the whole family, including children under 12 and seniors.


Tour for those who want to discover the historical and cultural beauties of our land.

Tour program (about 5 hours)

  • 1


    At the chosen accommodation or meeting place

  • 2

    Giardini Naxos

    Visit of the seaside village of Giardini Naxos

  • 3

    Isola bella

    Stop to admire the Natural Reserve of Isola Bella in Taormina

  • 4


    Walk along the characteristic streets of the town of Castelmola

  • 5


    Free visit of the picturesque town of Taormina

  • 6


    The tour will end at the initial meeting place

With departure from Catania

Date Price Web Price*
From 01/01 to 31/12 65.00 € : 12+
55.00 € : 3-12 years n.i.
20.00 € : 0-3 years n.i.
57 € : 12+
50 € : 3-12 years n.i.
20.00 € : 0-3 years n.i.

The price includes

Shuttle bus (return) / Multilingual guide.

The price does not include

Authorized tourist guide in Taormina (on request) / Optional visit of Greek Theatre € 10,00 /  All that is not specified under “the cost includes”.

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