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Taormina and Castelmola from Messina Small Group Tour

Messina, Italy

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  • 4 to 6 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Make the most of your time in Sicily on this immersive, small-group shore excursion. Over the course of just half a day, you’ll venture to Taormina (and will discover top landmarks like its Greek amphitheater), will visit the hilltop village of Castelmola (renowned for its impeccable scenery), and will finish with a walking tour of Messina’s historical city center. Port pickup and drop-off, and round-trip minivan transit, make logistics seamless and stress-free.
  • Visit Taormina, Castelmola, and Messina, in the space of just half a day
  • Round-trip transit from the port makes getting around simple
  • Discover Taormina and Messina’s key historical landmarks
  • See panoramic views of Taormina, Mt. Etna and beyond from Castelmola

What's Included

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach/bus, minivan or car
  • Bottled water
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Via G. Garibaldi, 108
    Via G. Garibaldi, 108, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

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Start time

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Opening hours

  • 4/1/2017 - 12/31/2027

    Monday - Sunday : 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We can pick up where the customer needs. Just indicate at time of booking.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • At time of booking, Hotel guests must provide the name of Hotel
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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18 reviews
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Sicily,perfect !
Claire_C, Jul 2022
Michael was a super driver and guide.We visited Catania,Taormina,and Castelmola,all absolutely beautiful.We had plenty of time in each,highly recommend
Fantastic tour!
Mandi_T, Jul 2022
Guide was very helpful and caring! Lots of information about daily life in Sicily! Very easy to find off the ship and bus ride was great!
More than expected!
Theresa_D, Jun 2022
Easy to find. Great driver and tour guide’. Lots of wonderful information about the island, way of live, and history. Miriam was amazing and fluent in so many languages. She is very proud of her home land and happy to answer any question.
Awesome day!
Todd_C, Jun 2022
What a beautful area!! Miriam was our tour guide and Mr. Gino our driver and they were amazing!! Miriam was a wealth of knowledge and able to answer all of our questions. We learned so much about the area, the culture, food etc. Mr. Gino was an excellent driver and we felt very safe. They were very patient with us when we shopped to long and made sure we got back to the boat in plenty of time. I would highly recommend this tour and especially our tour guides.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you very much for your review. We work to give to our customers the best experience and we are very happy when we touch the point
Beautiful Taormina.
Kathy_M, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Alina was good. Gave us lots of great information of Messina. The drive to both towns were thrilling (once we got close to Castelmora). The driver was fantastic! If I could change anything I’d skip castelmola to spend more time in Taormina. Most of the shops were closed when we arrived. Spent 1 hr there. We had 2 hours in Taormina. Not enough time to explore the town, & grab lunch. We did a quick run into the amphitheater just to get a quick look. All went smoothly. Nice group.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you very much for your feedback. Hope to see you again in Sicily. We can provide other services for you. Kind regards.
Great tour
Michelle_S, Jun 2022
Unfortunately the weather was overcast and when we got to Castelmola there wasn’t too much we could see. However we loved Tourmina, especially the theatre that dates back to 300BC.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you very much for your feedback. Hope to see you again in Sicily with a better weather. Kind regards.
Wonderful Day in Taormina
Jose_R, May 2022
This was one of the most wonderful part of course we had on our cruise. Taormino is simply a beautiful place to visit. The panoramic view along with its city is breathtaking. I recommend people spend as much time as they can there. Our guide/driver was Michelle.(Michael). It is wonderful to see and be guided by someone who has such a wonderful understanding and enthusiasm for their country. During our ride to Taormino he gave us a wonderful review of Messina and Taramina. He also made some excellent recommendations for lunch as well as finding the best cannoli and gelato in Messina . Which was right around the corner from the Port of Messima. Spectacular place to visit.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you very much for your review. We are happy that your tour with Mike was amazing. Kind regards
Taste of Sicily from Messina to Taormina.
Elizabeth_T, May 2022
Our tour guide, Elenis, was wonderful. She gave us interesting and relevant information on the bus as we were traveling. Taormina was a must see. Charming and beautiful architecture and vistas. Wish we had more time there, because as it was lunchtime, we had little time to sight see after eating. Would have liked to get to amphitheater. I would have paid more for that to have been part of tour with guide up front and stayed in Taormina longer, skipping Castlemora. Then wish we had a bit more time in Messina.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you very much for your feedback. Kind regards
Roam279617, Oct 2019
Due to a miscommunication by the company of the pick up time, we missed the beginning of the tour. When we met up with the rest of the people the areas we visited were very scenic. Unfortunately, we did not have as much time in Taormina as we should have. Other than that the tour was good.
Response from Host, Nov 2019
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