Taormina and Greco-Roman Theater
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: tam-001
The ancient city of Taormina is yours to discover during scenic and memorable visits to the Greek Theater, the Palazzo Corvaia and the Odeon.
Depart the pier for the 6-mile drive from the port of Giardini Naxos en route to Taormina. A hilly road will lead to the coach parking area where your guided walking tour will begin. This beautiful and renowned tourist resort is a small, Medieval town perched atop a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. During the tour, you will visit the Greek Theater, known for its stunning location. This Roman-style theater was reconstructed in the 2nd century AD. It is in excellent condition, and has marvelous acoustics that are still appreciated in contemporary performances of classical plays.
From the upper tiers, you can take in spectacular views and photo opportunities of majestic Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. Other highlights include exterior visits to the splendid, 15th-century Palazzo Corvaia and the Odeon, a small Imperial Age theater featuring public gardens blossoming with flowers and color.
Afterward, some free time will be made available to explore Corso Umberto, Taormina's busy main street. You can visit some of its many shops, or stop for coffee at the old Dominican monastery, now the deluxe Hotel San Domenico. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens filled with exotic foliage. At the appointed time, you will return to the coach for the drive back to the pier.
Please note: Extensive walking is required in Taormina, including uphill climbs, steps and uneven terrain in the Greek Theater. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair.