Taormina Cruise Port Tours

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Taormina Cruise Port
The chic Mediterranean town of Taormina, on Sicily’s northeast coast, is located high in the mountains—which means rewarding hikes and beautiful views. For visitors arriving in the city’s port who want to stay closer to town, Taormina’s medieval center is thick with unique shops, historical monuments, and sidewalk cafés.

The Basics
Because of the dense traffic and rather unrestrained drivers, it’s best to explore the pretty center of Taormina as part of a walking tour, or take a private tour on a Segway with a local tour guide. Explore the main sights in the historic Borgo Medievale—including the Piazza del Duomo, with its pretty baroque fountain, and the former monastery of San Domenico—and stroll through the Villa Comunale, Taormina’s beautiful park. Spend some free time nursing a cappuccino on Corso Umberto, the pedestrian thoroughfare that winds through the town’s main shopping district. Don't miss the city’s beautiful Teatro Greco, the outdoor theater built by the Romans in the third century BC and one of the most famous ancient theaters in Italy—a highlight of any Taormina tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Outdoor enthusiasts shouldn’t miss climbing Mount Etna, one of Europe’s biggest active volcanoes. Consider joining a half-day Mt. Etna shore excursion with transportation and an Etna tour up to the crater with a local guide.
  • To explore the coastline near Taormina, head to Isola Bella near Lido Mazzaro beach. Connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of sand often covered with water at high tide, this picturesque rocky outcrop can be reached by land or sea.
  • For some of the best views over the coastline and sea, head up to the hilltop village of Castelmola above Taormina. 
  • Taormina is located along Sicily’s eastern coast halfway between Messina and Catania, and well connected to both by train. The train station is located along the coastline below the city center.

How to Get to Taormina from the Taormina Cruise Port
Most ships offer shuttles to Taormina from Giardini Naxos. The trip takes about 20 minutes and requires guests switch to a minivan to navigate the narrower streets. Taxis are also available for hire and tend to be a faster—if more expensive—option. 

Port Information
Cruise ships anchor in Giardini Bay in Giardini Naxos, about 20 minutes from Taormina, and passengers travel to the dock on tenders. Italian is the main language here, but it’s easy enough to find English speakers at major tourist attractions. Taormina’s primary currency is the euro, and there are a number of ATMs and exchange bureaus near the port.
Address: Giardini-naxos, Messina, Sicily, Italy
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Taormina Shore Excursion: City Segway Tour

When your boat docks in the Taormina port, see the sights in a fun and easy way: by Segway. A tour by self-balancing scooter allows you to cover more ground than a regular walking tour, so it’s a great way to see everything that Taormina has to offer. Glide around the historical Borgo Medievale district and Villa Comunale, stop for photos by the ancient Teatro Greco, and discover the best viewpoints to see Mt Etna.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Taormina Shore Excursion: Taormina and Mt Etna Day Trip

Discover the treasures of the Sicilian coast when your cruise ship docks in Taormina. A driver will pick you up in a private vehicle and whisk you away on a full-day shore excursion to see both Taormina and the legendary Mt Etna—a fiery volcano that is nearly always active. You'll visit the volcano's lunar-like Crateri Silvestri before making your way to Taormina. This picturesque resort town is known for its ancient Greek theater and exquisite Palazzo Corvaja, a medieval palace built in a range of architectural styles. 
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Taormina Shore Excursion: Acireale, Catania and Cyclops Riviera Trip

When your cruise ship docks at Taormina, take a day-long shore excursion and explore the alluring Cyclops Riviera. Take in the fishing hamlets of Acireale and Catania, and discover the region’s postcard-worthy landmarks as a private driver chauffeurs you around the coast. Sites you may want to visit include Corso Umberto and the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Acireale, as well as the Roman baths and theater in Catania. Any entrance fees are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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