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How to Spend 1 Day in Taormina

How to Spend 1 Day in Taormina

From its hilltop location to its Greek Theater, Taormina is striking from all angles. On a visit, stroll through the historic streets, browse the market for ingredients for a cooking class, and learn about Sicilian wines on a wine-focused tour. Here are tips for getting the most out of one day in Taormina. 

Morning: Welcome to Taormina

Get your bearings on an introductory tour of the city. For ease, choose a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Or, take a walking tour with a local guide to see top landmarks including the Greek Theater (once host to gladiatorial games), Corvaia Palace, and Porta Messina. To cover ground quickly, opt for a Segway tour that zips through Borgo Medievale, the oldest district in Taormina, and the city park of Villa Comunale. See views of Mount Etna from Villa Comunale and stop in Piazza del Duomo to learn about its baroque fountain. 

Afternoon: Cooking Classes and Boat Journeys

Discover the distinct flavors of Sicily with an afternoon devoted to food or cooking. Bring your appetite to food-themed walking tours or cooking classes and explore the Taormina market to see where locals buy fresh produce. Learn how to make a variety of Italian food including pizza from scratch or Sicilian dishes such as pasta with caponata. Alternatively, get a view of Taormina from the sea on a sailing excursion with views of Mount Etna. Set out on a boat for a scenic ride with time for swimming, sunbathing, and maybe even a seafood lunch. 

Night: Opera Concerts and Wine Lessons

Experience the Italian tradition of opera by attending an evening performance. Listen to classic arias and duets from famous Italian operas such as Verdi’sLa Traviata and Puccini’sLa Boheme. Wine enthusiasts may want to opt for an evening wine- and food-themed walking tour. Taste several varieties of Sicilian wines paired alongside traditional snacks. Sample Italian liquors and learn about Taormina’s culinary history from a guide. Travelers looking to experience the culture behind Sicilian food can take a tour that includes a traditional meal in the home of a local chef.

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Taormina Food and Wine Walking Tour (Small group & Licensed Guide)

Taormina Food and Wine Walking Tour (Small group & Licensed Guide)

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Spend an evening immersed in Sicilian cuisine and culture on this 2.5-hour walking tour of Taormina. Led by a local guide, travel to the city’s top spots to sample fresh fish, bruschetta, sweet Sicilian cakes, and other regional specialties. Complement your dishes with a glass of Prosecco, red and white wine, and Italian liqueur. As you walk and taste, learn more about the city's culinary history from your guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.22
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$89.22
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Half-Day Pizza Making Class in Taormina

Half-Day Pizza Making Class in Taormina

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Make pizza like a pro during a cooking class in Taormina. Under the expert tuition of a local ‘pizzaiolo,’ you’ll make a versatile dough from scratch and top it with a fresh sauce. Hear tips, learn about the ingredients, then sit down to savor your hard-earned Sicilian feast. Bruschetta, wine, and soft drinks are also included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.43
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$65.43
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Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

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Dig into delicious Sicilian cuisine by taking this fun half-day cooking class at a restaurant in central Taormina. With a professional Sicilian chef by your side, learn about the history of the regional cuisine and prepare a lush 3-course meal. Visit the outdoor market to purchase ingredients and then head back to the restaurant to begin cooking and, eventually, eating.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.12
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$101.12
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Italian Opera in Taormina

Italian Opera in Taormina

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Complement your Taormina excursions with a dose of Italian culture when you attend this evening of opera. Talented singers will perform duets and arias from some of the most popular Italian-written operas, including La Traviata, Tosca, and La Bohème. Tickets also include a glass of Champagne, plus opportunities to admire photo-worthy views of the city from the theater's terrace.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.74
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Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre Visit (Licensed Guide)

Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre Visit (Licensed Guide)

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Appreciate the serene beauty of Taormina on a brief walking tour. Learn about the culture and archaeology of this historical beach town in eastern Sicily from your guide as you explore the Greek Theatre, Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Corvaja, and an ancient Roman theater. Take in the views of Taormina during a stroll along Corso Umberto, seeing the Old Town lit up next to the Mediterranean.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.60
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$22.60
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Taormina Segway Tour

Taormina Segway Tour

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Glide past Taormina’s top sites on this 3-hour Segway tour. Led by an expert guide, explore the Borgo Medievale, Taormina’s oldest district. See the bustling Piazza del Duomo, city hall and the San Domenico Palace Hotel, once an ancient monastery. Check out views of Mt Etna from Villa Comunale before heading to the ancient Greek amphitheater of Teatro Greco. Learn about the gladiatorial games held in the impressive spot before concluding your tour at your original departure point.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.77
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$117.77
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Sicilian Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taormina

Sicilian Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taormina

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Sicilian cuisine is renowned as some of the best in Italy and this 5-hour cooking class is the perfect introduction. Shop for ingredients at Taormina Market, learn to make traditional Sicilian dishes like fresh pasta and Caponata, then sit down to enjoy a delicious homemade lunch, accompanied by Sicilian wine.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.12
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2-hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Taormina

2-hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Taormina

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Taormina is one of Sicily’s most beautiful hilltop towns, but it can be challenge to avoid the crowds, especially in the summer months. This private 2-hour tour ensures a personalized experience and the undivided attention of your guide, so you can admire landmarks such as the Greek Theatre, Corvaia Palace, and Porta Messina; learn more about Taormina’s ancient history; and enjoy spectacular views of Mount Etna.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$355.70
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Private Sailing Excursion Including Lunch on Board from Taormina

Private Sailing Excursion Including Lunch on Board from Taormina

Spend a glorious day at sea exploring the bays of Taormina on this private sailing tour, including lunch. Get some instruction in sailing from your captain. Go swimming, enjoy the scenery, and dine on fresh fish for lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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$1,094.45
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$1,094.45
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Sicilian Home Dinner with Italian Chef

Sicilian Home Dinner with Italian Chef

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Visitors to Sicily spend a lot of time hunting for authentic restaurants, and can have trouble separating one restaurant from the next. With this dining experience, you’ll be able to sidestep the touristic scene for an evening meal in the home of a Sicilian chef couple. Sit on a terrace near the sea for a traditional 4-course dinner accompanied by local wines and liquor. While you eat, enjoy the company of locals, who are more than happy to share stories about Sicily and the region.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.86
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$130.86
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