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Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

1. Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

Your tour will begin when you meet your captain and board your boat at the Port of Giardini Naxos before setting sail on an unforgettable adventure. Your first stop will be at the Bay of Spisone, where you’ll have the chance to take your first swim of the day and to snorkel independently. You’ll marvel at the stunning stone islets that emerge from the waters and the Atlantis Bay hotel built in Gaudi style. Next, you’ll set sail to Mazzarò Bay, widely considered one of the true treasures of the Sicilian and Taormina coasts. You’ll then stop off at Isola Bella, a historical pearl of Taormina, where you’ll have the chance to explore the Blue Grotto and to discover its gorgeous reflections of light. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Taormina, you'll then be served a tasty selection of local cold cuts, cheeses, and seasonal fruit, all washed down with a fine local white wine. Finally, you’ll have the chance to take another swim before beginning your journey back to the Port of Naxos Gardens.

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From Catania: Etna, Taormina, Isola Bella Audio-Guided Tour

2. From Catania: Etna, Taormina, Isola Bella Audio-Guided Tour

Explore three beautiful places in Sicily on a full-day self-guided tour starting in the center of Catania. Travel to Mount Etna, known as the highest active volcano in Europe. Experience the natural beauty of Isola Bella and visit the medieval hill town of Taormina. Reach 2000 meters and walk on the old craters while admiring citrus groves, vineyards, and birch woods. Take the cable car, easily accessible from the stop point to get a unique perspective of the site (cable car tickets are not included). Move on to Isola Bella, a nature reserve with enchanting shades of color on the seabed that is a favorite destination for many travelers before heading to Taormina. From the Greek Theatre in Taormina, experience the spectacular view of the turquoise sea from the coast of Calabria, the city of Syracuse, and the steaming summit of Etna. Have free time to wander and explore Taormina before returning to Catania.

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What people are saying about Isola Bella, Taormina

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 48 reviews

The boat trip along the coast from Giardini-Naxos to Taormina has been an excellent experience. We have enjoyed beautiful views of the bays in addition to the sympathy of the captain and his knowledge of the area. Due to the end of the season we had to get on the boat from a small boat. Accessing the boat from the port and from the boat to the boat was complicated and is unsafe for people with limited mobility. It is important to inform interested parties of this problem beforehand.

Emilio was an excellent host skipper, although most of his clients onboard were Italian, we were never left out of his detailed bilingual explanations. Nobody is in charge of the weather and sadly we had very light winds on the day, but still had a great afternoon. Next time I hope we Get some more wind!

It was a very nice afternoon. Everything was fine, but unfortunately the Grotto Azurro was closed. If we come again and we will for sure, we will do the tour again when the grotto is open.

Great experience. Boat captain was friendly ans very informative. The food was yummy. Probably need more water on boat but otherwise great day.

We had a great time beautiful experience that I definitely recommend to everyone