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From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

1. From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

Following pick-up at a pre-arranged pick-up point, depart Taormina at about 08:30 and journey to the foothills of Mt. Etna. Travel in a small group of no more than 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience. You will be accompanied by a guide trained in volcanology, biology or geology for your convenience. Upon arrival at the active volcano, hike for approximately 1.5 hours around the perimeters of some of its extinct craters. Walk through ancient woods and along paths covered with lava about 2,000 meters above sea level. Get a better appreciation of this emblem of Sicily and its surrounding landscape from a different perspective. Learn about the fascinating volcanic phenomenon, before heading underground to explore one of the lava caves. Then, head to a local café for a typical savory snack of a sandwich, wine, a dessert and a tasting of almond wine, which is a typical Sicilian sweet wine. Return to your hotel at around 14:30 at the end of the tour services.

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Etna Nature and Flavors: 6-Hour Tour from Taormina

2. Etna Nature and Flavors: 6-Hour Tour from Taormina

Visit the tallest volcano in Europe and explore Etna Park on a 6-hour tour from Taormina. The first stop of the day is in the town of Zafferana, known as the town of honey, located on the eastern side of Etna. Visit one of the area’s top organic farms to taste products such as honey, olive oil and wine. Later, put on a helmet and headlamp and head inside a lava cave to learn how lava flows are formed. At the Sapienza Refuge, see both the newest eruptions of the volcano and the old Silvestri craters dating from the 1892 eruption. Trek along a nature path enjoying breathtaking views, before the drive back to Taormina.

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Mount Etna 5-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour

3. Mount Etna 5-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and journey with an authorized local guide through the typical villages of Sicily's west coast. Pass houses made from lava stone and marvel at groves of orange, olive and almond trees. Listen to tales of local traditions and learn about the food and wines produced in the volcanic landscape of Mount Etna. Stop at a family-run winery and get a glass of rosé prosecco as a welcome. Visit the cellars before a wine tasting with cold appetizers in a lava stone open-air amphitheater. Sample a glass of white and red wine with locally produced cheeses, salamis, artichokes and more. Continue to a farmhouse to savor more food and wine on an open-air terrace overlooking the vineyards. Try various dishes, including ricotta cheese with marmalade and 2 different pastas made with seasonal ingredients, such as black pork sauce.  Finish your tour, tasting a home made Limoncello and be dropped off at your accommodation.

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Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

4. Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

Travel in a small group with an expert guide from Taormina to Etna on this full-day tour. Enjoy a 2-hour hike around the perimeters of extinct craters and along lava-covered paths at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Visit the volcanic underground, discovering one of the wonders of Etna. Stop for lunch and visit a local winery for a guided tasting of Etna wines (DOC). The 3-course lunch features typical Sicilian antipasti, a main course, and a delicious dessert. Last on the itinerary is a visit to the Alcantara Canyons, formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed into the Alcantara River, from a panoramic view point.

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Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

5. Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

Your personal guide will pick you up from your hotel/ port and you will start your wonderful private tour around the top Etna wineries. Driving by comfortable, air-conditioned car through the small authentic mountain villages, you will admire unforgettable picturesque views of the Sicilian countryside full of oranges and lemon plantations, olives and almond trees, houses and churches built of lava stone. The Mount Etna eruptions feed the soil, and that is why this region is considered to be one of the best in the world for growing grapes and wine production. You will visit the three best wineries at the Etna slopes. Wines from these wineries are on the top lists of premium international wine associations. The first venue will be a family run winery, world-famous with its outstanding wines. Here, you will be welcomed by the owner with a glass of an awesome white wine aperitif. Sipping refreshing wine, you will have a guided tour around the estate, after which you will visit the cellars where the owner or your private sommelier will explain to you the wine production process. Finally, you will sit at a wonderful terrace with a breathtaking view of mountains and Ionian coastline, and with your personal sommelier, start your food and wine tasting. You will taste 4 or 5 excellent white, red and rose Etna D.O.C. wines with locally produced cheeses, salami, prosciutto, sausages, couscous, vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, domestic olive oil and fresh homemade bread. Enjoy the panoramic view and the unique atmosphere of the Sicilian countryside. You will be driven to the second venue – another outstanding Etna winery, where the owner will give you a tour around the estate. With a professional sommelier, you will taste 4 brilliant red, rose and white wines of the region. You will continue the tour driving to the next venue, an ancient family run winery with authentic charm. After your guided visit to the cellars, you will taste 3 premium red and white wines accompanied by fresh domestic appetizers: locally produced cheeses, meat delicacies, olives, olive oil and fresh bread. After the tour, your personal guide will bring you back to your accommodation.

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Godfather vs Mafia Tour from Taormina with Sicilian Lunch

6. Godfather vs Mafia Tour from Taormina with Sicilian Lunch

Begin the 5-hour tour with a drive to Savoca, a small village where you’ll take a guided walk through the old town. Visit places where The Godfather movie was filmed. See the Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone met the father of his future wife Apollonia, and St. Lucy’s Church, where they were married. Learn about the history of the Sicilian Mafia and how it spread throughout Italy. Hear about the Mafia clan wars for control of the territory. The second stop is Forza D'Agro, another small village where the movie was filmed. After a walking tour stop for lunch in a charming elegant restaurant. Enjoy a plate of fresh pasta with sicilian wine from the Etna region on a terrace overlooking the Sicilian coast.

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Taormina, Savoca, and Castelmola Guided Transfer

7. Taormina, Savoca, and Castelmola Guided Transfer

Be picked up from your local accomodation by a comfortable 8 seat vehicle which will then take you to the first stop, Savoca, a characteristic medieval town. There, visit one of the fascinating catacombs of the Cappuccini convent which hosts the mummified bodies of monks and nobles from Savoca. Next, visit bar Vitelli, famously known as the bar from the film "The Godfather", where you can taste delicious Sicilian granita and look at photos which were taken during the shooting of the film. Then, travel to the second town on the tour, the majestic Taormina. Visit the Greek Theatre, or one of the major ancient sites in Sicily which offers a unique panoramic view of the sea and Mount Etna. Walking along Corso Umberto, you can also visit the Cathedral and enjoy the stunning view of Capo Taormina bay. While in Taormina, enjoy a free snack with a delicious tasting of products from the Sicilian culinary tradition, tavola calda. Eat arancini, pizza, or calzoni, with Sicilian Doc wine. Afterwards, arrive at the final stop, Castelmola, a characteristic medieval suburb suspended between the sky and the sea. Enjoy a fantastic view of Etna on one side and the Ionian sea on the other, then, from Sant’Antonio square, begin your walk through the alleys. Around the small streets, it’s possible to see quaint shops that sell souvenirs, laces, and embroideries made by locals women.  Finally, visit Bar Turrisi for a coffee or some almond wine, a typical Sicilian dessert wine.

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Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

8. Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Spend a morning in Taormina learning how to cook delicious Sicilian food from a professional chef. At the end of the class, participants enjoy the lunch they created along with wine. Meeting at 10:00 AM at the Arch of Porta Messina, the activity starts with a guided tour of the market of Taormina. Shopping for fresh ingredients, the group will enjoy learning about the local produce and take part in a small tasting of salamis and cheeses. Back at the restaurant the chef will explain the recipes in program while guests take a break for coffee. The preparation and the cooking of the food will then start, with the making of hand-made pasta a highlight. Once the dishes are prepared, everybody is invited to the table for the typical local lunch with accompanying wines. Afterwards, each participant will receive a certificate and an autographed apron as a souvenir of this special day.  

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From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

9. From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

Depart Taormina and journey to the Rifugio Sapienza on Mount Etna. Learn the history of the volcano and visit sites of its last eruptions. Choose to trek along the nature paths of the Parco dell’Etna or ride the cable car to an altitude of 2,504 meters and continue by 4WD minibus to the Torre del Filosofo. Get stunning views of the scenery stretching down to the sea and admire the craters and historical lava flows that characterize the landscape. Return to the Rifugio Sapienza to explore a lava cave in safety. Continue down the mountain and stop at the organic farm of Zafferana to sample local produce, including honey, wine and oil. Explore the different landscapes of the Alcantara River. Walk down small paths, past cultivated fields, and see the natural pools and waterfalls of the Gurne dell'Alcantara. Discover the ruins of Francavilla Castle, and continue to get up close to different basalt and lava formations.

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From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

10. From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

No trip to Sicily would be complete without a visit to the tempestuous territories of Mount Etna. Just jump in the shuttle bus and head out into the lunar landscape of one of the world’s most active volcanoes. At over 6,500 ft (1,981 meters), this majestic mountain dominates the coastline, concealing plenty of treasures within its lair. Starting at Rifugio Sapienza, follow the line of the old Sivestri craters down into a cave of lava formed during the eruption of 1792. From here, head to the province of Zafferana, where you'll visit a local organic farm and sample honey and wine, cultivated in the fertile soils of the region. En route to Taormina, look at the spectacular wildlife reserve of Isola Bella from above. Upon arrival, spend lunch at your leisure, then re-group to check out the highlights of this unique historical town. From the old-world charm of the ancient Greek theater to the breathtaking views of the Bay of Nexus and the striking architecture of Palazza Corvaja, this town steals the heart of every visitor.

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What people are saying about Taormina

Die Tour war klasse organisiert! Nachdem morgens alle 5 Leute aus unserer Gruppe eingesammelt wurden, sind wir zuerst zum Weingut der Etna People gefahren. Dort konnte jeder Wanderschuhe und Jacke für die Tour ausleihen und umziehen, wenn nötig. Die Gruppen wurden super zusammen gestellt. So waren die Leute in unserer Gruppe um die 30 Jahre alt. Unser Guide Ezio, war Klasse! Er konnte uns vieles über die Geschichte der Gegend und zum Leben um den Ätna erzählen. Zusätzlich haben wir etwas off-road die Umgebung erkundet und Ezio hat auch darauf geachtet, dass wir nicht mit den anderen Touri-Gruppen unterwegs sind - vielen Dank dafür! Der Ätna war sehr beeindruckend und wir haben viele kleine Krater entdeckt und haben erfahren, wie diese entstehen. Am Nachmittag sind wir dann noch in die Alcantara Schluchten gefahren, was sehr beeindruckend war. Wir hatten kurz Zeit die Schluchten etwas zu erkunden. Insgesamt ein sehr gelungener Ausflug mit einem super Guide!

As Napa regulars we have been on many wine tours but this far exceeds what we have come to expect from tours. Each stop along the tour was a world class setting with excellent food and equally excellent wines. The service was great and the driver was very punctual, courteous, and informative as well. It was a well thought out way to get a rich taste of Etnas wines and I would recommend to both beginners and wine experts alike!

Very interesting and a beautiful experience. Tour guide was very informative, friendly and fun. Food and wine tasting was delicious

Really enjoyable experience , the team are generous with their time , food , experience and wine ! Great experience

A great trip - very well organised, friendly, knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this trip.