Visit Sicily’s first Greek colony of Giardini Naxos as well as Isola Bella, Castelmola, and Taormina on a half-day trip from Catania. The 5-hour experience includes a seafront drive alongside Naxos Bay in the history-steeped seaside town of Giardini Naxos, followed by a dip in the sea at Isola Bella. Check out the Mother Church of Castelmola on a walk around its historical center, then visit Taormina to hear its history and shop in its artisanal boutiques.
5-hour Giardini Naxos and Taormina tour from Catania
Learn about Giardini Naxos’ Greek heritage as you travel
Swim in the sea at the wildlife reserve of Isola Bella
See the Mother Church of Castelmola on a tour of the town
Spend time in Taormina and visit the famous Corso Umberto
Make use of a Catania hotel pickup and drop-off service
Start with an 8:30am pickup from the Catania station, port, or your hotel, then travel to Giardini Naxos, the pretty seaside town just south of Taormina. Sicily’s first Greek colony, Giardini Naxos is rich in history as well as beauty and you’ll learn about its Greek roots as you travel along the seafront, looking out at Naxos Bay. Stop at Isola Bella, a wildlife reserve known as the “peal of the Ionian Sea,” and use your free time here for a dip in the water. Afterward, you’ll head onwards to Castelmola for a stroll through the town. Admire the ruins of its Norman city walls, and stroll around Piazza Duomo to see the Mother Church of Castelmola, a rebuilt cathedral dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari. Later, you’ll visit Taormina to tread the pavements of Corso Umberto and discover its monuments. See the Messina and Catania gates, and check out the medieval Palazzo Corvaja, Teatro Antico, Badia Vecchia, and the Torre dell’Orologio, among other sights. Finally, you’ll have some time to browse Taormina’s shops at your leisure before your return to Catania.
Reviews by Viator travelers
A group tour with individual hotel...
, Jan 2018
A group tour with individual hotel pick-ups which always seem to take longer then you would like. So wwe didn't get the 'best' seats in the van for the tour but it was OK. The guide was good and the sites were as advertised. It was well worth the time and money spent to see these cities. If you have time to take this tour you won't regret it. Drip off at various places also took some time but it is nice to be taken right back to your hotel.
This tour was great for a taste of Sicily. We drove past and visited some beautiful scenery and towns. Our guide Carmino was very friendly polite and knowledgeable. I appreciated the small tour bus. It was more intimate than a larger tour. A great day