Ancient Theater of Taormina

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Taormina: Ancient Theater Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

1. Taormina: Ancient Theater Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Visit the Ancient Theater of Taormina with this guided tour and enjoy the added perk of skip-the-line entry privileges. Take a journey through the archaeological ruins and learn the history. Step back into the past with a visit to the Ancient Theater of Taormina. After the one of Syracusa, the Ancient Theater of Taormina is the largest building for shows in the Italian Peninsula. Learn about the Greek building that dates back to the 3rd-2nd century BCE. See how the Romans under Emperor Trajan and Hadrian changed the monument/ Discover the amphitheatre and orchestra, converted under Emperor Caracalla and hear tales of gladiator fights during this period.

Taormina: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to the Ancient Theater

2. Taormina: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to the Ancient Theater

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Ancient Theater of Taormina and enjoy the added perk of skip-the-line entry privileges. Take a stirring journey through the archaeological ruins and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace. After the one of Syracusa, the Ancient Theater of Taormina is the largest building for shows in the Italian Peninsula. The archaeological site offers the opportunity to step back into the past as well as enjoy the views of the surrounding landscapes. The Greek building, built in a dominant position, dates back, by layout, to the III-II century B.C., but the monument you can admire today appears in the forms acquired in the roman imperial age under the emperor Trajan or Hadrian. It becomes an amphitheater under the emperor Caracalla and, in the same period, the orchestra was converted into an arena to host gladiator fights. After centuries of neglect, in 1465, part of the monument was used as a palace of residence of the Zumbo family.

Taormina Half-Day Private Walking Tour

3. Taormina Half-Day Private Walking Tour

Experience the magic of the Sicilian resort of Taormina, and discover why it is called the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” on a walking tour tailored just for you. Avoiding the crowds as much as possible, the half-day tour typically starts at Catania Gate, the main entrance to Corso Umberto, an elegant shopping street of boutique stores and chic restaurants. Continue to the 13th-century cathedral on Piazza del Duomo, and wander into the narrow streets of the Jewish Ghetto. Panoramic views are offered from IX April Square and the Clock Tower, while other enchanting sights include the 10th-century Palazzo Corvaja and the façade of the San Domenico cloister, now a beautiful 5-star hotel. Go to the Greek-Roman Theater for sweeping vistas of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna. The view of Monte Tauro and Castelmola add to the charm. You will be following in the footsteps of Wagner, Oscar Wilde, Cary Grant, Ingmar Bergmann, and many more celebrities that fell in love with Taormina to help put it on the map.

Taormina: Guided Walking Tour

4. Taormina: Guided Walking Tour

Wander beautiful Taormina on a guided walking tour. Visit the town's sights, including Porta Catania, Public Gardens, and the ancient Greco-Roman amphitheater. Walk the smallest street in Europe on Viccolo Stretto. Stroll through picturesque Taormina high above the Ionian Sea with Mount Etna looming in the distance. Walk the charming Corso Umberto I. Visit the stunning ancient amphitheater for some unforgettable views. Enjoy a walk in the Public Gardens amid a dazzling array of flourishing plant life. Discover the town's history with a knowledgeable guide.

2-Hour Private Taormina Guided Tour

5. 2-Hour Private Taormina Guided Tour

Spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina is one of Sicily's most popular destinations all year round. It's rich in history, art, culture and tradition, besides being located in one of the most breathtaking spots of the whole country. Founded in the 4th century BC, Taormina enjoyed great prosperity under the Greek ruler Gelon II and later under the Romans but fell into quiet obscurity after being conquered by the Normans in 1087. Its reincarnation as a tourist destination dates to the 18th century, when northern Europeans discovered it on the Grand Tour. Among its fans was DH Lawrence, who lived here between 1920 and 1923. With this 2-hour private guided tour, you will enjoy the most important treasures of the town. You'll explore some of its most important and famous sites and admire the stunning signs of the Roman and Greek eras all around you. You'll get to see the Ancient Greek Theatre, the Piccolo Teatro Odeon, the Corvaia Palace, Corso Umberto and Porta Messina among other things.

From Siracusa: Guided Tour of Taormina and Isola Bella

6. From Siracusa: Guided Tour of Taormina and Isola Bella

MEETING POINT: SYRACUSE Duration of tour: Departure at 8.00 am - Return at 6.30 pm Departure from Syracuse towards Taormina. Arrival and stop in Castelmola to admire the breathtaking view from the top, you will have time to take pictures from the Belvedere. Small stop for a tasting of the typical locally produced almond wine. Continue to Taormina, where you will meet the local guide who will accompany you throughout the afternoon. The first part of the tour will be dedicated to visiting the historic centre of Taormina, walking along the characteristic narrow streets and elegant squares, going up and down the typical stairs to get to know the highlights of this enchanting place. Starting from Porta Catania, you will visit the Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, the Piazza Duomo with the Norman Cathedral and the Fountain of the Centauressa, symbol of the city of travellers on the Grand Tour and of 'La Dolce Vita'. Continue to Piazza Belvedere and then down to the Naumachie to reach the enchanting Public Garden where the guide will tell you interesting and intriguing stories. You will then continue with a visit to Palazzo Corvaja, the Odeon and the church of Santa Caterina, where you can still admire the remains of the temple of the former Greek city of Tauromenion. Continue to the Ancient Theatre (with guided tour inside - depending on the option chosen). After the visit to the theatre, your guide will leave you some free time for lunch. In the early afternoon, the excursion will continue to the enchanting Isola Bella where you will have the opportunity to take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Taormina beach. Or you can stay in Taormina to do some shopping and then join the rest of the group at Isola Bella by cable car (ticket not included). After this break, you will return to Syracuse and finish your services. Lunch is not included. The entrance ticket to the Theatre is not included and costs € 10 per person. Cable car € 5

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

7. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

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4.7 / 5

based on 47 reviews

Our guide Chairo was an amazing guide who provided a first class tour. Communication prior was great. Chairo was very knowledgeable and was able to provide excellent history, local information as well as interested facts about Sicily and beautiful taormina. So good, in fact, that we didn't realise she had run well over her 2 hour booking. Much appreciated. I would highly recommend.

Salvo is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable of the history of Taormina. We enjoyed the tour of the Greek theatre, the walk through the 3 gates of the historic city and several stunning lookouts of the surrounding area and the sea, we would highly recommend this guide and the tour.

Although you can walk around the theatre without a guide, you miss out on all the history and interesting perspectives about the theatre. Our guide was amazing!!! This tour was the highlight of our stay in Taomrina.

Beautiful guided tour of the theater of Taormina. Very prepared guide in a dream location. Everything was perfect.

Very well-founded, wide-ranging, exciting. Absolutely to recommend. Thank you very much