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The beaches of Sicily are incredibly popular in the summer months, both with vacationing Italians and Europeans from further afield. Perhaps no beach resort town on the island is more popular than Taormina. This town on Sicily’s eastern coast isn’t ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Spent a wonderful afternoon cooking with Mimo and his mother at Ristorante Nettuno...We made three wonderful dishes; enjoyed a glass of wine while sitting in the garden and of course ended with a delicious cannoli!

Doing what: Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Outstanding, real hands on cooking class. We learned so much. It was great to go to the marked, buy the ingredients, make the pasta and other food, and then eat it in a beautiful setting. One of the best tours of our lives.

Doing what: Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2014

Should not call it 5 days- it is a 3 day tour with 4 nights in hotels. Good points: only 6 of us in nice van; saw most of what I wanted to see; hotels nice; driver tried to be helpful, had some good local information, made sure we had stops for toilets,etc. Local tour guides all excellent. Not so good: not enough detail ahead of time; others in group booked through different agencies, and we each had different information. Driver himself had different information from what he provided in our packages and had not studied them (they also had the wrong dates and mis-spelled my name, which did not inspire confidence) so for example he argued at Siracusa we could not go to old town of Ortygia, but that was in all our tour plans. To his credit, he did call and straighten that out. Viator website said one could hike to top of Mt Etna,- in fact that was not possible, and ski gondola was very expensive- plus no time. Driver scared us by talking on phone and reading papers about the tour while driving. Our group was quite demanding, and he did try to accommodate us. I still do not see why this tour cannot include the Villa Romana near Piazza Armerina- it was quite an effort to get there by myself. I was told via Viator that tour organizers thought it was just too much, but it would be short detour from the route we took anyway on the last day going from Taormina to Agrigento to Palermo, and tour takes under an hour. All worked out in the end, but felt lack of communication and attention to detail- e.g., I was told when I did my confirmation someone would be at hotel all day to greet us as we arrived, and to meet at 7 outside dining room for dinner at 7.30. Driver turned up about 7 in the lobby- he had no information about what time and where to meet and dinner was in fact at 8- little things like that. High quality, but expensive- especially given entry to sites was not included and tips were expected. That, and lack of Villa Romana, is why I give 3 not 4 stars.

Doing what: 5-Day Eastern Sicily Tour from Taormina to Palermo: Mt Etna, Syracuse and Agrigento

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

Fantastic driver and guide. They informed us all the way throughout the day and even took us to little known spots. I would highly recommend this tour for all ages.

Doing what: Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Mt Etna

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