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Private Tour of Etna Volcano with optional Food and Wine Tasting at Etna Winery

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Taormina, Italy
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icon4 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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Your visit to Sicily wouldn’t be complete without visiting Mt. Etna. This private tour will bring you to the base of the volcano, affectionately known as “Mamma Etna” where your guide will share stories of the history and folklore about the highest active volcano in Europe. Other stops along the mountain take you to the mythical Cave of the Cyclops, to charming alpine towns, and past orange and lemon groves.
  • Travel by private chauffeured vehicle return from your hotel
  • Buy souvenirs made from lava at the craters of the volcano
  • Upgrade your experience to include a wine and food tasting
  • An optional cable car experience is available (extra cost)

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Personal Service, great company
betscw
, Nov 2019
Johnny and Marco were wonderful guides. We had only a few brief cruise hours to spend. We saw Etna and got a comprehensive overview and a bit of a walk. When we spied an interesting food fest, they were flexible enough to accommodate our curiousity. The winery visit was delightful. Excellent pair to give you a taste of Sicily.
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highly recommend!
abbycann07
, Jun 2019
This tour was amazing! Marco was incredibly friendly, personable, and knowledgeable! He provided just the right amount of detail and background about the volcano, the landscape, the history of the small towns/wineries etc. The views on the drive up were awesome. We appreciated having a smaller group/private tour as there was a lot of hustle and bustle around with large tour buses for big groups. The first stop was for a quick olive oil, honey, and wine tasting at a spot at the base of the volcano. It was quick, but there were many great products of all flavors/sizes that we could try & buy! We then drove up further to see some of the volcano & the landscape. Marco led us up part of the volcano and took wonderful pictures for us. My only suggestion would be to add to the description to wear appropriate shoes & clothing! The description really isn't that clear whether you'll be doing any hiking on any part of the volcano, but there were two spots that we were able to do some hiking to see amazing views! It was well worth getting my white sneakers full of lava ash, but we just would have chosen our outfits differently had we known ahead of time. Marco brought along hiking poles that were very helpful and aided in our steep climb! We then went to the Gambino Winery for a tasting and lunch. The wine was excellent, as was the hospitality of the staff at the winery. Marco clearly knew the owners as he was the one to greet our group and get our tasting started. We were able to try 5 different kinds of wine and they left the bottles at the table for us to drink as we wanted (which many tastings you only get very small amounts!) We also got generous portions of local cheeses, meats, etc. Marco offered us different driving routes home back to our lodging - and gave us the option of the direct route our a more scenic route. Our group would highly recommend this experience for anyone staying in or around Taormina! Marco was excellent.

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A Wonderful and varied excursion with a kind and knowledgable guide

star-5davidchampa
Private tour of Etna Volcano and Etna Winery Visit with Food and Wine Tasting | Jan 2020
The tour was entertaining, educational & an excellent value. Roberto was prompt & obliging &, growing up in the shadow of Etna, he has a personal appreciation & knowledge of Etna's contributions. We are grateful to him for orchestrating such a wonderful and varied excursion, which was the highpoint of our visit to Taormina, and we would recommend it to anyone that might like to share in a memorable experience.
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Brilliant storytelling, beautiful sights and good food

star-5rosieburgess1
Syracuse Private Walking Tour with option of Food and Wine Tasting | Jan 2020
We did this tour on the day we arrived in Ortigia. Our guide was Marco and he was brilliant! We had a lovely walk around Ortigia, Marco told us many stories about the history of the island and Sircuse, including the mythology. He was knowledgeable and passionnate, a very engaging storyteller. We felt like we understood the place better after the tour. As it was winter, it was dark when we started the tour (5.15pm) so were worried we would miss out on some things, but we didn’t, everywhere we went had enough lighting to be able to see what was important. We particularly enjoyed visiting the unusual cathedral which Marco gave us a little tour around inside. We chose the option including food tasting and wine so Marco dropped us at a little cafe at the end of the tour where we were given a platter of Sicilian foods which was very yummy! Plenty of food to fill us up and we sampled 2 different Sicilian red wines. I would highly recommend this tour and I’d recommend doing it at the beginning of your stay in Siracusa/Ortigia like we did to really get a feel for the island.
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Guide - Marco “Simply the Best Better than all the Rest” A real gem!

star-5Adrienne S
Godfather Private Tour from Catania: Savoca and Forza D'Agro with options of Food, Wine tasting and Dinner | Jan 2020
Marco picked us up from our Catania accommodation he provided two water bottles which we were so appreciative of plus he gave us a bag of oranges from his tree (unfortunately my husband left them behind husband was told off!) such a beautiful gesture. First stop was Savoca - Marco’s knowledge of the Godfather movies was outstanding, along the way he provided excerpts from the movie showing the scenes from Bar Vitelli and the church where Michael and Apollonia were married. We went inside this beautiful Chiesa - and we actually felt like we were part of the movie when we walked back down towards Bar Vitelli . Marco also provided really interesting information about the actress who portrayed Apollonia and Francis Ford Coppola. We stopped at Bar Vitelli (Savoca) for a coffee and the most delicious Italian sweet treat of a ricotta filled cannula shell which originated on the island of Sicily. Forza d Agro was next and Marco took us to the square beside the church where a significant part of movie took place whereby Michael Corleone was hidden inside a pack on the donkey. Marco then asked if we would like to walk to the highest point in Forza d Agro up these beautiful old, winding cobblestones streets that had amazing old Italian small villas some abandoned, some restored. The view when we reached the top was outstanding there was also a very ancient Roman castle built around 1117. Marco also provided lots of information about Taormina. We would love to come back during the spring. We really felt we knew Marco and his family, his mama and her cooking sounds amazing. To sum up Marco deserves a pay rise he is AWESOME!! Con amore Adriena & Craig Smith
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fun and very interesting

star-5Henry S
Godfather Private Tour from Catania: Savoca and Forza D'Agro with options of Food, Wine tasting and Dinner | Nov 2019
This is a good tour even if you are not a "Godfather" fanatic. You drive into the mountains and see what "small town" life is like . There are magnificent views everywhere . Tour included a nice lunch at a local resturant where many families were having Sunday dinner
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Excellent trip

star-5RobVickyT
Barefoot on Etna Slope: Sicilian Countryside Private Tour and Picnic at Rural Farmhouse from Messina | Nov 2019
This was a great day in the country side The tour was excellent and our guide took the time to show us the great people and the food Thank you so much for a spectacular day
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Great tour with Maurizio!

star-5larrye399
Private tour from Messina to Etna Volcano with an option of Food and Wine tasting | Nov 2019
Great tour with a guide Maurizio. Knowledgeable and passionate about Messina and Mt Etna. Great lunch. Ended up singing Italian songs with him while driving back to our cruise ship. Wonderful experience.....
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Beautiful Day In The Hills Overlooking The Coast

star-5dlgzozo
Godfather Private Tour in Savoca and Forza d'Agro with Wine and Dinner Option | Nov 2019
We had Marco as our guide, he was wonderful and knowledgeable. He made the day a wonderful experience. He knew exactly where to take us and when to maximize our experience. Marco was so enjoyable to listen to all the real stories of things that happy during filming. He showed us exactly where things happened and the movie came alive as you walked through the very streets as the actors and crew. I think I enjoyed the anecdotes about Francis Ford Coppola more than anything else. This just makes you want to watch the movies all over again. Thank you so much Marco!
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Amazing Tour with Roberto!

star-5ForeverBubbles
Private tour from Messina: Etna Volcano and Winery Visit with Food and Wine Tasting | Nov 2019
We had such a blast with Roberto on this tour! He was so passionate and knowledgeable about his job around where he lives. The honey, olive oil, and liquor tasting was so fun and delicious! Then we visited the top of Etna where we got to learn about the history. And finished it all of with an amazing lunch and wine tasting with great views and a tour of the historic winery. Highly recommend and wish we could be back there now!
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Great driver, terrible car, lovely wineries, no lunch -- bottom line: overpriced tour!

star-2CABOrlando
Private 6-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting | Nov 2019
Although our driver / guide (Raffaele) was knowledgeable and friendly, the car was too small and not a luxury vehicle at all! 3 of us squished into back seat and 1 up front. In other similar tours we have taken in Italy at this (high) price point we have had Mercedes class vans for the group, which is what you expect at this price, especially since we were in the car for 2-3 hours during the tour. The wineries were beautiful and we had interesting guides take us through their production facilities. For a 6-hour tour we did expect a proper lunch, not just antipasto with the wine. All-in-all we did enjoy the tour but would NOT recommend it for the price.
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Make this tour a part of your visit.

star-5JoeCento
Messina Private Walking Tour with Food and Wine tasting | Oct 2019
This tour was fantastic. Our tour guide, Carmelo was outstanding. Carmelo was friendly, very knowledgeable and made this tour a lot of fun. Definitely make this tour part of your visit to Messina.
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excelent

star-5dutchbuis
Private 6-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting | Oct 2019
we had Roberto as our guide. he is wonderful. very informative and kind. we were picked up from our bed and breakfast and taken to 3 wineries. we really enjoyed the first two. they were smaller and not so commercialized. all the wines were great and the food also. on the first winery the tasting was outside and it was just fantastic. definitely do recommend this tour!!
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Not worth the money

star-2suuzq2019
Private Tour of Taormina and Castelmola with Optional Food and Wine Tasting | Oct 2019
The cost of the tour was not worth the money. There were four of us. The car was small. We had a taxi driver take us around in the next town we visited and the cost was far much less. Taormina was beautiful, but the cost was way to high for this tour given.
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Bruno was great.

star-5NAPABRADO
Private 6-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting | Oct 2019
Great driver and conversationalist. The wineries were great and we had wonderful weather. If you love wine you will love this tour.
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Godfather Tour

star-2Marianne0323
Godfather Private Tour in Savoca and Forza d'Agro with Wine and Dinner Option | Oct 2019
Bruno was a great driver and had a wealth of information around the filming of the Godfather. The tour states that snacks and bottled water is included. Well, we were never offered any snacks and 4 hours into the trip I asked for water and there was none in the vehicle. Bruno had to stop and purchase the water. Also, we paid for the dinner tasting and received a very small antipasto plate (2) for both my husband and I, some cold meats and eggplant. All cold. I wouldn't recommend including this as part of your trip. I will say that Bruno brought over some dough that they made to make the pasta but later on we found out that it wasn't part of our tasting. The waiter tried to "sell" us the pasta as an addition to what we paid which was $400.70. We can say we did agree the tour but everything else was terrible.
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Wonderful experience!

star-5dianej932019
Private 6-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting | Oct 2019
This was a great experience, tasting Etna wines and touring the wineries. The sommeliers were very knowledgeable. The wines and the food were delicious. And our driver was great too.
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