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clock-o1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

See the serene beauty of Taormina in a whole new way with a night walking tour. Learn about the culture and archaeology of this historic beach town in eastern Sicily from your guide as you explore the Greek Theatre, Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Corvaja, Jewish Quarter, and an ancient Roman theater. Take in the views of Taormina at night from a walk along Corso Umberto, seeing the Old Town lit up next to the Mediterranean.
  • 1.5-hour walking tour of Taormina at night
  • Visit Palazzo Corvaja and the ancient Roman theater
  • Soak up the typical Sicilian atmosphere in Old Town
  • Enjoy scenic coastal views from Corso Umberto
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter, the Greek Theatre and learn about the symbol of Taormina in Piazza Duomo
  • Learn about Taormina’s history, legends, archaeology and nature from your guide
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.

Reviews

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K
, Jun 2018

Our guide was knowledgeable and it was a pleasant tour. I liked the city even more when I learned some history and the guide shared information about local sites. It ran way over the 90 minutes, as she tried to tell us everything!

h
, Nov 2017

Our tour guide could have made this town come alive with stories of the people who lived and worked here during history. Instead she told us dates and repeated herself, making it a lecture instead of fun. Even the old Greek Theatre seemed dead and uninteresting because of her lack of interesting details, such as what plays were here and who were the actors. The tour was in English, but one woman needed to have German translation which took time. We quit asking our guide any questions because she perhaps did not understand us, or was upset that we interrupted her, because her replies did not always answer the questioner and made us feel like we were out of line to ask her anything. She said she came from Syracuse to do this tour and was tired all the time. Maybe another guide needs to replace this woman. The Greek Theatre entrance fee was 10, even for the short 20-30 minutes we were there before it closed. If we wanted to see the theatre again we would have to pay another 10 when it opened again. I suggest this tour be scheduled to begin earlier in the day and END the tour at the Greek Theatre. If the tour ended at the theatre at least 30-40 minutes before closing, people could stay longer there if they wanted. This would be a better ending than in the middle of the main street, just saying, This is the end of the tour. I was looking forward to this tour and was very disappointed.

M
, Nov 2017

The tour itself was very good. However, it is called with Greek Theatre Visit and we did not go to the Greek Theatre. That was the only reason I had booked this. The tour guide was very knowledgable and I learned a lot while we explored the streets of Taormina. The group was a good size and it really is a beautiful place. But everything we passed, we were told come back tomorrow to see this. Good tour, but should probably change the name of it.

P
, Oct 2017

Perfunctory was the word I used that night. A memorized recitation. My son and his friend wanted to rate the tour a zero. I gave it a 1 for Taormina itself, which is lovely. The woman running the tour, to my mind, has been doing this too long and too often, and had nothing but a rote memorized tired spiel that lacked any passion or enthusiasm. Aside from the sites and the nice folks with us on the tour, this was a total waste of time. With a passionate, or at least interested, tour guide, this could have been a great time. I mean, Taormina is an amazing place. The only thing fun about the tour was six of us laughing about it afterwards. I almost never write negative reviews, but this was such a downer when it could have been such a postive experience. We've done similar tours elsewhere and had a great time.

c
, Sep 2017

Martina was very knowledgeable and friendly, really enjoyed the tour.

J
, Sep 2017

A very well informed guide allowed us to absorb the atmosphere of beautiful Taormina with a gentle walk around the town and amphitheatre. We then moved onto the amazing gardens to watch the sun set over Mount Etna.
A truly wonderful experience and good value at 12 Euro.

A
, Apr 2017

I was in Taormina already during 4 days before the Tour and I couldn't expect that Walking tour with Margaret would be so magnificent! She showed us small group of 8 little streets and corners hidden into the town which I didn't discover by myself. Was incredibly beautiful! Tour started at the perfect time when hot sun began to disappear, firstly we visited gorgeous Greek Theatre and then continued deep into the town. Very nice experience, cultural and not tiring at all. Highly recommended for everyone who goes in Taormina.

g
, Feb 2017

I enjoyed the tour very much, but do not remember visiting the Greek theater, unless it was the tiny theater behind the church. When I made the booking I expected it to be the visit to the big Greek theater that has a view to Etna.

m
, Dec 2016

A great way to start your visit to Taormina.

M
, Dec 2016

Our tour guide did not have the thrill and passion of other guides we've had. The tour was fine, but not wonderful.


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