Top Day Trips from Taormina

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Surrounded by glorious Mediterranean beaches, dramatic mountain peaks, and some of Italy’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Taormina makes a strategic basecamp for taking in Sicily’s highlights. Here are our top picks for Taormina day tours. 

Mt. Etna—34 miles (55 km) southwest
Looming on the horizon southwest of Taormina, Mt. Etna is Europe’s largest active volcano and a bucket list favorite for hikers, with trails running up to the upper craters. Alternatively, ride the Circumetnea Railway around the mountain; marvel at natural wonders such as the Monti Silvestri Craters or the nearby Alcantara Gorges; visit historic Randazzo; or sample Sicilian wine with a tasting at the Mount Etna wineries.

Syracuse—75 miles (120 km) south
Connected to the mainland by bridge, the island city of Syracuse (Siracusa) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its impressive Greek and Roman ruins, plus the historic Ortygia neighborhood. For an unforgettable experience, soar overhead in a helicopter, enjoying magnificent aerial views of the Greek Theater of Syracuse and Mt. Etna, then touch down to explore the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

Aeolian Islands
Embark on an island-hopping adventure and cruise between the eight Aeolian Islands located off the northern coast of Sicily. Sail across the Tyrrhenian Sea and explore the volcanic islands by boat, perhaps stopping to swim in Cala Junco bay on Panarea island, admire the Sciara del Fuoco crater on Stromboli island, visit the Lipari Archaeological Museum, or soak in a mud bath on Vulcano island.
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Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip from Taormina

Say arrivaderci for the day to Taormina and spend some time in Palermo and Cefalù on this intriguing guided day trip. Discover the unique architecture, influenced by the Normans and the Arabs, and learn about the long and interesting history of both places. With your expert local guide, stroll the streets of both cities, taking in the Il Capo market in Palermo and the main cathedral in Cefalù. Consider doing an optional trip to Monreale, an area just outside of Palermo to visit a well-known producer of olive oil, oranges and almonds (at own expense).
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

Explore Europe’s largest active volcano this day trip to Mt Etna from Taormina. Relax with transportation to the base station of Rifugio Sapienza and then take off through the foothills for three hours of hiking at your leisure. Alternatively, upgrade your ticket for a trip up to the upper craters and a guided walking tour through the volcanic craters. Soak up scenic views from the UNESCO-listed spot before concluding with transportation back to Taormina.
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Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea

Discover the Aeolian Archipelago on this day trip to the islands of Stromboli and Panarea from Taormina. Journey to each island by motorboat, exploring the local shops at your leisure or taking a cool dip in the sea. Afterward, cruise around Stromboli to see the island’s volcano. Keep your eyes peeled for the crater of Sciara del Fuoco, known to light up the sky with its jet-like eruptions. After a full day of touring the UNESCO-listed islands, you will return to Taormina.
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Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina

See two of Italy's greatest archeological sites on this exciting guided tour of the Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale. Leave Taormina with a local guide and be prepared to get very acquainted with Ancient Greek statuary and architecture, as well as, as centuries-old monuments from the Roman Empire. See the amazing collection of mosaics and even an ancient hunting lodge.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

Explore the southeastern coast of Sicily on a day trip to Syracuse from Taormina. Led by a local guide, see the impressive collection of ancient Roman and Greek ruins, soak up scenic views of the water and learn the rich history behind the city from your guide. Visit the archaeological site of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (own expense) and spend the afternoon discovering Ortygia, Syracuse’s island neighborhood.
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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

See southern Italy in style with this eye-pleasing trip around Mount Etna via a vintage mid-20th-century train on the Circumetnea Railway. The train journey includes visits to the canyons of Alcantara Gorges (admission at own expense), an amazing natural setting made up of black lava rock walls up to 160 feet (50 meters). And then explore the base of Mount Etna, Sicily's legendary volcano that is 11,000 feet (3,300 meters) tall. Optional upgrade to ascent by cable car up to 2,500 meters and continuing on board jeeps up to the authorized crater zones at approximately 3,000 meters with the assistance of licensed guides of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club); stop to admire the eventual activity of the upper craters in a safety zones according to weather conditions. From November 1 to March 31, this tour does not include the train ride nor the optional upgrade.
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Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

Experience the volcanic majesty of Mount Etna at sunset on an enchanting evening tour from Taormina. With an expert guide, explore the volcano on a walking tour and then gaze at panoramic vistas from a height of approximately 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level. Delight in the fiery orange glow of the setting sun before heading to a traditional restaurant at the foot of the volcano. Pleasure your palate with local Italian specialties (own expense) and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Taormina.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mt Etna Wineries Tour from Taormina

Discover the unique wines of Sicily’s Mt Etna DOC with a full-day tasting tour led by a sommelier guide. Visit three wineries on the slopes of the active volcano, where you can admire terraced vineyards and learn about historic and modern production methods. Use your taste buds to truly appreciate Etna’s distinctive terroir with samples of several varietals at each stop, and cap off the day with a gourmet lunch in the garden of a family-run estate.
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Unknown Sicily - Day Trip from Taormina

Explore the Sicilian countryside on this day trip from Messina or Taormina. Led by a local guide, travel through the small towns dotting the Peloritani Mountains, stopping at the medieval village of Montalbano Elicona and the Argimusco nature park to examine prehistoric stones. See how Ricotta cheese is made with a visit to a local dairy farm and enjoy views of the Aeolian Islands and Mt Etna from a scenic lookout. Your trip will conclude with transportation back to your original departure point.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Mount Etna, Randazzo and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip from Taormina

Experience the peaks and valleys of Sicily in one day trip from Taormina, exploring both the foothills of Mount Etna and the Alcantara Gorges along with the Medieval town of Randazzo! Visit the volcanic canyons of the picturesque Alcantara Gorges followed by a stop in Randazzo to see the Basilica of Santa Maria. Hike into the foothills of Mount Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, or upgrade for a chance to go up to the volcano's upper areas for a walking tour of the craters.
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Noto and Marzamemi Day Trip from Taormina

Explore the south of Sicily on this day trip from Taormina to Noto and Marzamemi. Led by a local guide, head first to the UNESCO-listed city of Noto and admire its sweeping Cathedral. Afterward, journey along the scenic coastline and see the gorgeous mosaics inside the Villa Romana del Tellaro. Top off the trip with some free time in the fishing village of Marzamemi to swim, purchase a delicious seafood lunch or check out the Church of San Francesco di Paola.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Sicilia Outlet Village Day Trip from Taormina

Dive into Sicily’s best fashion deals with a day at the Sicilia Outlet Village. Departing from Taormina, enjoy simple, no-stress transportation to the mall so you can truly indulge in a day of shopping. With discounts of up to 70 percent, peruse over 140 stores, including big brands like Dolce&Gabbana, La Perla, Armani, Prada, Versace and more. You’ll also receive a 10 percent discount card to put toward your purchases. At the end of the day, relax with transportation back to Taormina.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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