Your guide awaits with a surprise at one end of Corso Umberto, an historic gate called Porta Messina, where you’ll begin your evening Taormina tour. From there, you’ll visit Palazzo Corvaja and then the Odeon, a 2nd-century Roman theater that was only unearthed in the late 19th century. This is just an appetizer of the main highlight, the visit of the Greek Theatre.
From that look back in time, you’ll continue in the present-day life of Taormina’s Old Town, which is at its most vibrant after the sun goes down. Immerse yourself in Old Town’s serene nighttime energy, where you can hear live musicians amid the cafe chatter and smell traditional dishes being prepared in cafes and restaurants. See the beautiful San Domenico cloister, now a luxury 5-star hotel. Stop for a breathtaking view of the infamous volcano, Mt Etna, looming over the sea.
Hear about the history of Taormina from your guide, including the array of conquering armies that inevitably shaped the culture, cuisine, and architecture of Sicily. Learn about the influence of the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines and Normans on this little town.
Explore the old Jewish quarter of Taormina, and see such attractions as the Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, Porta Catania-Chiesa del Carmine and the Duomo Stairs before your tour concludes in Piazza Duomo. Here, your guide leaves you with a parting story about the city’s symbol, and leaves you continue your evening in Taormina at your leisure.