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Unknown Sicily - Day Trip from Taormina

Montalbano Elicona, Italy
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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.
  • Sicilian countryside day trip from Taormina or Messina
  • Admire the beautiful landscapes and villages around the Peloritani mountains
  • Visit a traditional cheese farm to sample fresh ricotta
  • Explore the cobblestone village of Montalbano Elicona
  • See fascinating prehistoric rocks at the Argimusco nature park
  • Enjoy a magnificent view of Mt Etna and the Aeolian Islands from 4,593 feet up
Begin your day trip with pickup from your hotel in Taormina or Messina. Accompanied by your expert guide, journey through the pastoral landscape of the Peloritani Mountains. As you go, your guide will discuss the history behind the area and give you a sense of the local lifestyle.    

Arrive first at a dairy farm for a behind-the-scenes look at how Sicilian cheese is made. Try a fresh sample of fresh ricotta produced on site, paired with Italian bread.

Continue to the medieval village of Montalbano Elicona, where you can purchase lunch and explore the charming cobblestone streets at your leisure. If you’d like, check out the 13th-century castle constructed by Emperor Frederic II (own expense) before hopping back in your coach.

Head next to the Argimusco nature park to see impressive megalithic rocks. Examine the shapes and markings of the stones and hear the stories behind these prehistoric pieces from your guide.

Top off the trip with panoramic views of the Aeolian Islands and Mt Etna from a lookout of 4,593 feet (1,400 meters). Your trip will conclude afterward with transportation back to your original departure point.
Stop At:  
Megaliti dell’Argimusco
Montalbano Elicona
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free


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Sicilian Countryside
, Sep 2018
This trip could use some fixing. A few problems and also not as advertised, some good, some bad changes. First we spent a long time at the Rock Formations and hours without a bathroom, I know some were concerned. The picnic surprise was the BEST part of the tour!! It was wonderful and all the food was fresh and home made, a nice surprise!!! When we arrived at Montabano it was siesta time so all the shops were closed, not that there are many but the few were closed, and the only places open were restaurants but we had eaten. The Bar was open and you could get a coffee. We had a long time there with not much to do. We arrived at the 2nd town after siesta time with lovely shops and a beautify church, but we only had half an hour. There was no farm tour to see the cheese making, that was one of the things I was most interested in, instead they had some samples of cheese and salamis in an Italian food shop, that was disappointing. The tour guide and driver were wonderful and very knowledgeable, I know most people on the tour were disappointed in the changes and bad timing, but over all we had a nice day and saw beautiful Sicilian Countryside.
If you like something other than...
Yuzo C
, May 2017
If you like something other than beach, nice restaurants, and shops and enjoy what Sicily can offer, this is for you. Visits to beautiful local places, people, and villages are quite an experience. Our guide, a local lady, was fantastic.
this was one of the best tours I...
Terry G
, Oct 2015
this was one of the best tours I have been on we had so much fun i cant say enough about this tour if you are going to sorrento do not miss this tour we saw how they made cheese, we were taking to see the animals on the farm they just had twin cow born 2 days ago. we had such a great time making pizza you have to see it , you cant believe making pizza would be that great fun
When I booked this trip, there was...
Kimiko I
, Jun 2015
When I booked this trip, there was no reviews so I was not sure how the day would turn out.....but it was beyond my expectation! The best about this trip was the lady guide sorry forgot her name!! who was very friendly yet professional. I don't want to write so much in details of the trip so you will find out yourself but do NOT miss the lunch at the local Trattoria that opened its doors just for us! It was not included in the tour price but 15 Euros per person....local Sicilian cuisine....the best ever, you can't taste them at the restaurant in the centro Taormina!! Since it is not covered by the excursion, you are not required to eat, but please do not pass on this opportunity....really the great food ever!!

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