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Taormina Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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2 hours

Private Tour

Why take this tour?

A medieval town situated on a remarkable panoramic position on Mount Tauro, Taormina is known as ‘The Pearl of the Ionian Sea’. Sitting on the eastern coast of Sicily, the city has long lured travelers with its exceptional views, remarkable landmarks, and delightful nearby beaches. As you stroll through Taormina with a local guide, you'll visit must-see landmarks including Corvaia Palace, Piccolo Teatro Odeon, and the splendid Ancient Greek Theatre and learn of its rich history dating back to its Greek origins. This tour is a private experience with the added benefit of being for your group only, led by a private local guide. These private experiences enjoy a more intimate setting along with the ability to tour at your desired pace. This tour is operated by one of our partners. We searched the world to find expert partners offering incredible experiences in locations you want to go - so wherever you go, you can #takewalks!

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Explore Taormina with an expert guide who’ll reveal its fascinating history and architecture
  • Created with Sketch.Admire Corvaia Palace, featuring a mishmash of Arab, Norman and Gothic architecture
  • Created with Sketch.Discover Piccolo Teatro Odeon, a small Roman theatre built during the rule of Emperor Augustus Caesar
  • Created with Sketch.Visit the Ancient Greek Theatre and take in its unparalleled panoramic views

Take in Taormina’s beauty, archaeological sites and extraordinary vistas

Nestled on the slopes of Mount Tauro, amidst the striking backdrop of Mt. Etna and lapped by clear-to-the-bottom waters, it's no surprise that Taormina is nicknamed ‘The Pearl of the Ionian Sea’. Considered an essential stop on the European Grand Tour from the 17th to 19th century, the city has long been the playground of poets, painters, writers, and the elite. Often the final stop of the Grand Tour, many struck by its beauty have extended their stay, calling Taormina home.

Your two-hour private tour of Taormina starts at Porta Messina, one of the two main gates that bookend Corso Umberto - the main thoroughfare that crosses the historical center of the city. While strolling this vibrant...

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Nestled on the slopes of Mount Tauro, amidst the striking backdrop of Mt. Etna and lapped by clear-to-the-bottom waters, it's no surprise that Taormina is nicknamed ‘The Pearl of the Ionian Sea’. Considered an essential stop on the European Grand Tour from the 17th to 19th century, the city has long been the playground of poets, painters, writers, and the elite. Often the final stop of the Grand Tour, many struck by its beauty have extended their stay, calling Taormina home.

Your two-hour private tour of Taormina starts at Porta Messina, one of the two main gates that bookend Corso Umberto - the main thoroughfare that crosses the historical center of the city. While strolling this vibrant streets lined with boutiques, artisan shops and restaurants, your first glimpse of Taormina's medieval past will be Corvaia Palace. Named after one of the oldest families in the city, the palace was originally built by the Arabs in the 10th-century and over time included elements of Norman and Gothic architecture. Leaving the busy Corso Umberto, follow your guide to discover a fascinating Roman gem: Piccolo Teatro Odeon. Originally a small covered theatre with a seating capacity of less than 200, it was built by the Romans under the rule of Emperor Caesar Augustus.

As you meander through the streets, you'll notice signs at every corner directing visitors to the Ancient Greek Theatre - and for a good reason! Described by Goethe as "the most beautiful view from a theatre", no visit to Taormina would be complete without a stop here. Marveling at this unique structure, suspended between the heavens and the sea, you'll learn that its name could be misleading as it was thought to be built during the Roman era over an older Greek construction. Thanks to its remarkable acoustics and grandstand views, it is still the venue of international art and film festivals in summer.

This is the perfect venue to end your tour - as many of the artists have found the view here irresistible, you too might find it difficult to tear your gaze from this unparalleled backdrop!

  • Sites Visited
  • Ancient Greek Theatre
  • Piccolo Teatro
  • Odeon Corvaia Palace
  • Corso Umberto
  • Porta Messina
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
Price varies by group size