Founded in the 6th century BC by Greeks from Naples, Taormina was subsequently occupied by the Romans. Today, the influences of both civilizations are found in the ruins of the town's Greco-Roman theatre. For centuries, writers have documented the beauty of Taormina, and the town is one of the most impressive in all of Sicily. It offers incredible views, ancient ruins, and an abundance of quaint shops and boutiques.
Many of its narrow cobblestone streets are closed to traffic, making the main part of Taormina accessible only on foot. Stroll through this charming resort town perched high on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naxos. Your guide will introduce you to the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and the bustling main street of Corso Umberto, which is lined with former mansions with enchanting architecture and balconies brimming with flowers.
Stop briefly in the inner courtyard of the medieval Corvaja Palace for a look at a richly painted original Sicilian carretta, or carriage. Enjoy the panoramic views of the bay and snow-capped Mt. Etna in the distance. Follow your guide up the narrow street that leads to the Greco-Roman theatre from the 3rd century BC, which still holds performances. Even the theatre's location is dramatic.
Next you'll head to Castelmola. This tiny village is strategically located near Taormina and enjoys splendid panoramic views. The focus of the village is the attractive Piazzetta del Duomo with its fine, intricate paving. Lunch will be served at a local hotel overlooking the beautiful Bay of Naxos.
Please note: Strenuous uphill walking is required. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat. The Greco-Roman theatre has many steps and walking is on uneven ground. To reach the village of Castelmola, an uphill walk is required with approximately 70 steps.