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How to Spend 3 Days in Taormina

How to Spend 3 Days in Taormina

The hilltop town of Taormina is both both rich history and an excellent launching off point for exploring the rest of Sicily. On a three day trip, you’ll have time to visit the local Greek Theater, go snorkeling along the coastline, taste Sicilian wines at Mount Etna, and more. Here are a few ways to spend 3 days in Taormina.

Day 1: Get to Know Taormina

On your first day, get the lay of the land on a tour that will let you explore the city at a leisurely pace: Get your bearings with a ride on the hop-on, hop-off bus, or set out on a sightseeing walking tour including local landmarks like the Greek Theater, Corvaia Palace, and Porta Messina. Admire views of Mount Etna, and learn about the history of the Piccolo Teatro Odeon. 

In the evening, immerse yourself in local culture. Take a food and wine tour, and enjoy a variety of Sicilian wines and Italian liquors alongside traditional snacks while soaking up the atmosphere of Taormina’s nightlife. Opera fans can also catch a performance of Italian arias by composers like Verdi or Puccini.

Day 2: Sicily by Boat, Helicopter, and Jeep

Spend a day outdoors, and enjoy the natural beauty around Taormina. Options abound: Set out on a boat tour along the coast for a few hours of swimming, snorkeling, or fishing, or catch a glimpse into the beauty of the Sicilian countryside with a horseback tour through vineyards and olive groves. Adventurous travelers can even board a helicopter for a scenic tour over Mount Etna that includes views of the city (including its historic Greek Theater) from above, and a flight over lava fields and the volcano’s crater. 

You can also visit Mount Etna in the evening. Take a guided walk around the mountain, ride on a cable car, or explore in a Jeep. Watch the sunset over the coast and the countryside from the top of the volcano, then stop for a local dinner on your way back to town. 

Day 3: Wine, History, or Movie-Focused Day Trips

On your last day, set out to explore more of Sicily. A variety of themed tours can help you focus your trip. Travelers interested in spending more time on Mount Etna can plan a trip to the top of the volcano; options include hiking, quad biking, or Jeep tours. Mount Etna is also home to several wineries, so oenophiles can combine a trip to the mountain with a tasting tour. 

Movie fans may want to join a tour focused on “The Godfather” films, which visits filming locations such as the towns of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò. Alternatively, you can explore more historic cities with a visit to Syracuse and Noto or take an archeology-focused tour of the Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale. Lastly, if you want to venture outside of Sicily, you can also book day trips to the Aeolian Islands, and spend your last day in the area enjoying the sights of other (much smaller) islands.

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Private 6-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting

Private 6-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting

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Discover three different Sicilian wineries as you sample tasty regional reds, whites, and rosés. Driving in an air-conditioned car, cruise past picturesque villages, fruit orchards, and lava-made churches as you explore the fascinating region of Etna, known for its volcanic terroirs. Sip samples of the volcano-infused drink in family-run wineries, munching on local gastronomic delicacies, from cheeses to salami.
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  • 6 hours
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$177.60
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Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea

Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea

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Discover the Aeolian Archipelago on this day trip to the islands of Stromboli and Panarea from Taormina. Journey to each island by motorboat, exploring the local shops at your leisure or taking a cool dip in the sea. Afterward, cruise around Stromboli to see the island’s volcano. Keep your eyes peeled for the crater of Sciara del Fuoco, known to light up the sky with its jet-like eruptions. After a full day of touring the UNESCO-listed islands, return to Taormina.
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  • 13 to 14 hours
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$96.65
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$96.65
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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
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Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina

Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina

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Explore two of Italy's greatest archeological sites on this exciting guided tour of the Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale. Leave Taormina with a local guide and be prepared to get very acquainted with Ancient Greek statuary and architecture, as well as, as centuries-old monuments from the Roman Empire. See the amazing collection of mosaics and even an ancient hunting lodge.
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  • 12 hours
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$66.45
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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
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Private Horseback Riding Tour in Sicilian Countryside + Lunch at Etna Farmhouse

Private Horseback Riding Tour in Sicilian Countryside + Lunch at Etna Farmhouse

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Experience life in the Sicilian countryside with a private tour of a working farm founded in the 1800s. See picturesque vineyards, olive and citrus groves, and farm animals and then learn to ride a horse with a professional instructor. Finish the tour with a traditional Sicilian lunch made with fresh, local products and sample locally produced wines from vineyards on the slopes of Mount Etna.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

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Explore Europe’s largest active volcano this day trip to Mt Etna from Taormina. Relax with transportation to the base station of Rifugio Sapienza and then take off through the foothills for some time to spend hiking at your leisure. Alternatively, upgrade your ticket for a trip up to the upper craters and a guided walking tour through the volcanic craters. Soak up scenic views from the UNESCO-listed spot before concluding with transportation back to Taormina.
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  • 8 hours
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Tour of Mt Etna Off-Road with Quad Bike

Tour of Mt Etna Off-Road with Quad Bike

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Enjoy the thrill of the great outdoors with a quad bike tour on Mt Etna or in the Alcantara Valley in Sicily. Soak in the views of the enormous volcano as you ride around its base. Steer the quad bike yourself or ride along with a passenger.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$122.46
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Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

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Experience the volcanic majesty of Mount Etna at sunset on an enchanting evening tour from Taormina. With an expert guide, explore the volcano on a walking tour and then gaze at panoramic vistas from a height of approximately 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level. Delight in the fiery orange glow of the setting sun before heading to a traditional restaurant at the foot of the volcano. Pleasure your palate with local Italian specialties (own expense) and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Taormina.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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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
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$361.24
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Syracuse & Noto - Day Tour from Taormina

Syracuse & Noto - Day Tour from Taormina

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Visit two Sicilian cities in one day on this full-day tour from Taormina. Spend the morning exploring the Greek ruins and the island of Ortigia in historic Syracuse, enjoy free time for lunch, then visit the Baroque town of Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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  • 10 hours
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$60.41
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Etna and Taormina Helicopter Tour

Etna and Taormina Helicopter Tour

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Sicily’s spectacular natural landscapes and ancient attractions from the air on a 35-minute helicopter tour. Soar above Taormina’s dramatic coastline to fully appreciate how it earned the nickname ‘the Pearl of the Ionian,’ and get an unbeatable aerial perspective of its ancient Greek theater perched on a cliff. Then, fly over the lava fields and crater of majestic Mt Etna for a bird’s-eye view of Europe’s largest active volcano.
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  • 2 hours 35 minutes
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$2,307.56
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