Panorama, Green-pass required, Culture
If you love a great show, Taormina is well worth the applause. Take a guided tour through centuries and cultures: from Porta Catania and Palazzo Corvaja, vestiges of the Arab period, to the Greek Theater, the second largest ancient theater in Sicily and one of the most admired in the world.
Taormina's old town Porta Catania * Palazzo Corvaja: external visit * Greek Theater
- Your guided tour of Taormina starts with a bus trip along the picturesque Mediterranean coast of Sicily which you'll see unfold through your window.
- Soon you'll arrive in Taormina: the ancient “Tauromenium” founded on a plateau of Mount Tauro, a colony of Magna Graecia for 2500 years, subsequently conquered by the Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards.
- The medieval town awaits you: enter it through Porta Catania, built in 1440, and you'll find yourself in the square that hosted town gatherings in Norman times, also known as porta del Tocco* (tolling gate), because gatherings would take place at 1 p.m. and were announced by the tolling of the bells.
- A short walk will take you to Palazzo Corvaja, an iconic 11th-century building, built around a cubic tower in honor of the Kaaba, the sacred monument of Mecca.
- It's time for the grand finale: the Greek Theater. A performance venue dating back to the third century BC, it has hosted artists and singers from all corners of the globe. Dug into the rock, with the Ionian Sea and Etna in the background, it is a show within a show.
Good to know
- Slight changes may be made to itineraries and the length of excursions in order to protect your health and to comply with regulations and the safety protocol.
- This is one of the most popular excursions so book early.