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Top Ancient Sites in Taormina

By Viator, February 2018

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The hilltop town of Taormina is best known for its gorgeous beaches, lively beach resorts, and magnificent views of Mt. Etna. Yet the Sicilian resort town is also home to some of the island’s most impressive archaeological sites. Here are a few must-sees to add to your Taormina itinerary. 

Greek Theatre of Taormina (Teatro Greco)
Perched high on the cliff-tops, the Greek Theater, or Ancient Theater of Taormina (Teatro Antico di Taormina), is as notable for its dramatic views along the Ionian Sea coast as it is for its well-preserved ruins. The ancient Greek amphitheater was built in the third century BC and boasts a fascinating history: built by the ancient Greeks, used for gladiator games by the Romans, and used as a venue for opera performances and music concerts today. 

Odeon
Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus Octavian built the Odeon, which is similar in style to the Teatro Greco, although much smaller. Located behind the Palazzo Corvaja along the Corso Umberto, the ancient ruins make a popular photo stop on walking tours of Taormina.

Porta Catania and Porta Messina
The last remnants of Taormina’s ancient fortification walls, the historic city gates of Porta Catania and Porta Messina remain two of the city’s most prominent landmarks. Restored in the 15th century and 19th century, respectively, you can admire the gates on walking or sightseeing tours of Taormina. 

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2-hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Taormina, Taormina, null
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2-hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Taormina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore Taormina, an authentic gem of Sicily on a 2-hour private guided walking tour. Discover the monuments, the buildings and the stories that made Taormina ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $375.98
Taormina Walking Tour with Greek Theatre Visit, Taormina, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Taormina Walking Tour with Greek Theatre Visit

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Experience the magic of the Sicilian resort town of Taormina when it cool down on this narrated walking tour. Your guide will reveal the history, culture, ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.89
From Volcano to the Sea: Private Tour of Etna and Taormina Boat Tour with Dinner, Taormina, Walking ... 
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From Volcano to the Sea: Private Tour of Etna and Taormina Boat Tour with Dinner

During this private tour you will reach Mt Etna - the highest active volcano in Europe, and then descend to the Mediterranean sea and have private boat tour of ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 5 to 7 hrs

From USD $149.64
Private tour to Etna Volcano and Etna Winery Visit with Food and Wine Tasting, Taormina, Attraction ... 
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Private tour to Etna Volcano and Etna Winery Visit with Food and Wine Tasting

During the private tour by comfortable air-conditioned car, you will visit Etna - the highest active volcano in Europe. This tour is private - only for ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 5 to 7 hrs

From USD $111.91
Taormina Segway Tour, Taormina, Attraction Tickets
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Taormina Segway Tour

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Explore the chic coastal town of Taormina by self-balancing electric Segway! The 3-hour tour takes in all the sights around its oldest neighborhood, Borgo ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.49
Taormina Walking Tour and Wine Tasting Including Skip-the-line Ticket to the Greek Theatre, ... 
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Taormina Walking Tour and Wine Tasting Including Skip-the-line Ticket to the Greek Theatre

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Visit Taormina's Teatro Greco, a well-preserved Ancient Greek amphitheater, and the Odeon, a small Roman theater. Also see the beautiful Palazzo Corvaja and ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.91
Tour to Etna Volcano and Taormina from Giardini Naxos - Taormina, Taormina, Walking Tours
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Tour to Etna Volcano and Taormina from Giardini Naxos - Taormina

Join this tour to see Mount Etna which boasts a very special heritage. Included in the tour is the visit of Taormina, a popular place to visit from Sicily.

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 4 to 6 hrs

From USD $132.03

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