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Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania

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Catania, Italy

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Overview

Visit Sicily’s first Greek colony of Giardini Naxos as well as Isola Bella, Castelmola, and Taormina on a half-day trip from Catania. The 5-hour experience includes a seafront drive alongside Naxos Bay in the history-steeped seaside town of Giardini Naxos, followed by a dip in the sea at Isola Bella. Check out the Mother Church of Castelmola on a walk around its historical center, then visit Taormina to hear its history and shop in its artisanal boutiques.
  • 5-hour Giardini Naxos and Taormina tour from Catania
  • Learn about Giardini Naxos’ Greek heritage as you travel
  • Swim in the sea at the wildlife reserve of Isola Bella
  • See the Mother Church of Castelmola on a tour of the town
  • Spend time in Taormina and visit the famous Corso Umberto
  • Make use of a Catania hotel pickup and drop-off service
Shuttle bus (return)
Multilingual guide
Authorized tourist guide in Taormina (on request)
All that is not specified under “the cost includes

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Accommodations, port, and stations in Catania

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Start with an 8:30am pickup from the Catania station, port, or your hotel, then travel to Giardini Naxos, the pretty seaside town just south of Taormina. Sicily’s first Greek colony, Giardini Naxos is rich in history as well as beauty and you’ll learn about its Greek roots as you travel along the seafront, looking out at Naxos Bay.

Stop at Isola Bella, a wildlife reserve known as the “peal of the Ionian Sea,” and use your free time here for a dip in the water. Afterward, you’ll head onwards to Castelmola for a stroll through the town. Admire the ruins of its Norman city walls, and stroll around Piazza Duomo to see the Mother Church of Castelmola, a rebuilt cathedral dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari.

Later, you’ll visit Taormina to tread the pavements of Corso Umberto and discover its monuments. See the Messina and Catania gates, and check out the medieval Palazzo Corvaja, Teatro Antico, Badia Vecchia, and the Torre dell’Orologio, among other sights. Finally, you’ll have some time to browse Taormina’s shops at your leisure before your return to Catania.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Etna Tribe
excursion made by Etna Tribe
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nike di Kalkis
Admire the Nike in Giardini Naxos
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Chiesa di San Pancrazio
Admire the San Pancrazio church in Giardini Naxos
Stop At:  
Museo del Castello di Mola
Visit the Castle in Castelmola
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chiesa di San Nicolo di Bari
Visit the San Nicolo Church
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Castelmola, ME
Visit of castelmola
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Isola Bella
Admire the Isola Bella in Taormina
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Porta Catania di Taormina
Admire the Porta Catania
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Porta Messina
Admire the Porta Messina
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Corso Umberto
Admire the main street in taormina Corso Umberto
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza IX Aprile
Amire the view from Piazza IX aprile in taormina
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Villa Comunale
Visit the Garden of Taormina
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ancient Theatre of Taormina
Visait the Freak Theatre of Taormina
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Torre dell'Orologio
visit the Torre dell'orologio of Taormina
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Piazza Duomo
Admire the main square of taormina
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano
Visit the bulding " Palazzo duchi di Santo Stefano " of taormina
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palazzo Corvaja
Visit of Palazzo Corvaja
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chiesa Madonna della Rocca
Visit the old church
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania.

Traveler Tips


  • "A group tour with individual hotel pick-ups which always seem to take longer then you would like." See review

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Beautiful
Thommac
, Jul 2020
Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The tour was beautiful, although a bit difficult at time with little kids. Isola bella is beautiful but is a very rocky beach so make sure you have water shoes. My kids had wanted to go to play in the water but found it difficult to enjoy because there was no shade and all the rocks. Bring an umbrella or bring you wallet to rent an umbrella (I had forgotten mine in the car) Overall 5 stars if only for adults or teens. 4 stars if you are bringing little ones.
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A group tour with individual hotel...
Paul
, Jan 2018
A group tour with individual hotel pick-ups which always seem to take longer then you would like. So wwe didn't get the 'best' seats in the van for the tour but it was OK. The guide was good and the sites were as advertised. It was well worth the time and money spent to see these cities. If you have time to take this tour you won't regret it. Drip off at various places also took some time but it is nice to be taken right back to your hotel.
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This tour was great for a taste of...
Christine H
, Oct 2017
This tour was great for a taste of Sicily. We drove past and visited some beautiful scenery and towns. Our guide Carmino was very friendly polite and knowledgeable. I appreciated the small tour bus. It was more intimate than a larger tour. A great day
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This was the perfect tour for the...
Lisy
, May 2017
This was the perfect tour for the amount of time. Would highly recommend.
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This tour was a good tour. The...
1goddess1
, Oct 2016
This tour was a good tour. The guide was knowledgeable and personable. The places we visited were enjoyable and I am glad we had the opportunity to see these sights.

Product code: 19933P5

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