Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Mt Etna

While you’re in port in Messina, take a full-day private shore excursion to Taormina and Mt Etna. Take in scenic views as your private driver takes you along the fabulous Sicilian coast. Explore one of the world’s most active volcanoes at your leisure — the majestic and fascinating Mt Etna. As you travel through these exquisite coastal landscapes at your own pace, experience a taste of southern Italy.
* Duration: 9 hours
* Starts: Messina, Italy
* Trip Category: Shore Excursions >> Ports of Call Tours




While you’re in port in Messina, take a full-day private shore excursion to Taormina and Mt Etna. Take in scenic views as your private driver takes you along the fabulous Sicilian coast. Explore one of the world’s most active volcanoes at your leisure — the majestic and fascinating Mt Etna. As you travel through these exquisite coastal landscapes at your own pace, experience a taste of southern Italy.

Itinerary
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Pass By: Messina, Messina, Province of Messina, Sicily

Your private English speaking driver will meet you on the pier of Messina Port, where your ship will be docked, and during the initial briefing he will give you an overview of the schedule to be sure all the sites/attractions you are interested in, are included. If desired, he will be happy to suggest places for lunch, shopping, etc.

Stop At: Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicily

Taormina is a small town considered one of the jewels of Sicily. Perched on a cliff at 200 meters high, Taormina offers an incredible view of the sea and the Etna volcano. See the Corso Umberto, the main street that crosses the whole center of Taormina. Flanked on both sides by a succession of luxury boutiques, clothes, jewellery, and souvenirs, and the Piazza IX Aprile, one of the best viewpoint in Taormina, with a huge panoramic terrace overlooking the bay below and the Etna.
Have a look at the cathedral of Taormina, the Villa Comunale, which houses a large public garden and visit the most famous monument of Taormina, the Greek theatre; it dates from the 3rd century BC and is remarkably well preserved.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Mount Etna, 95030 Catania, Sicily Italy

Admire and discover the secrets of the highest active volcano of Europe. Enjoy the history of Etna volcano and the local Etna’s villages, photo stops along the way up, just to understand the unique nature of this magnificent, human friendly volcano. Scenic driving up to 2000 meters (7000 ft.) to reach the Silvestri Craters area.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Castelmola, Castelmola, Province of Messina, Sicily

According to your preference and time permitting, a visit to Castelmola village will give you the chance to admire a site of ancient origins dating back to the Greek period. It used to be Taormina’s acropolis, probably because of its position, which was higher than the surrounding villages. For this reason, the histories of this two cities have always been entwined. In the late afternoon, return back to your ship.

Duration: 1 hour