OVERVIEW: This tour takes you along the beautiful coast of Sicily to the ancient town of Taormina.
HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy the ride along the Sicilian coast. You'll have the opportunity to stroll through the ancient town of Taormina and see the Palazzo Corvaia. Visit the ancient Greek Theater before having approx. 45 minutes of free time for shopping and browsing.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.25 mile uphill from the village gates to the town center. This tour is conducted mostly on foot over flat, uneven, paved and cobblestone streets with inclines.
Enjoy the ride along the Sicilian coast as you travel to the mountainside town of Taormina. You’ll have the opportunity to stroll through the resort community and visit the ancient Greek Theater.
-Taormina: Stroll the ancient town
-Palazzo Corvaia: View the palace that was built in the 15th century
-Greek Theater: Visit the theater, built in 3rd century BC
This tour will explore the history of the Sicilian coast's well-known resort community of Taormina. Perched on a mountainside, Taormina is renowned for its setting. You'll pass along the highway that cuts through the mountainous east coast of Sicily. Stopping below the village of Taormina, you’ll proceed uphill on foot to the town gates. Upon reaching Taormina, you’ll walk past the ancient squares and see the small boutiques located along the Corso Umberto. Built in the 3rd century BC, the city was completely renovated by the Romans.
Near the center of Taormina, your walking tour will begin as your guide leads you along cobblestone streets for an external view of Palazzo Corvaia, a 15th century structure adorned with classic double windows. You will then proceed to the Greek Theater for a visit of this structure which was built in the 3rd century BC. Renowned for its width and unique acoustic qualities, the theater is still used today for open-air concerts. Weather permitting, you will have an impressive view of Mt. Etna from the theater. After the guided portion of the tour, you will have approximately 45 minutes of free time to enjoy the busy main street with its numerous shops and cafes.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your Sea Pass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
-Camera and local currency
-Sun protection and sunglasses
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
-Light, casual attire and a hat are recommended.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.25 mile uphill from the village gates to the town center.
-No traffic is allowed inside the city walls; therefore, all touring must be done on foot. This tour is conducted mostly on foot over flat, uneven, paved, and cobblestone streets with inclines.