Catania, Sicily, Italy
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Approximately 8 Hours
Taormina, perched 700 feet above the Bay of Naxos, was a famed resort even in Roman times. Today, an elevator takes you from your motor coach to the city gates, where your walking tour begins.
Your guide will introduce you to Taormina's delights including the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and the bustling main street lined with old mansions.
The highlight of your day, though, will be the Greco-Roman theatre, built in the 3rd-century BC. It is still used for open-air concerts today. This stunning ancient theatre features superb acoustics and offers glorious views of Mt Etna and the bay.
Your visit includes approximately 30 minutes of free time to browse among the boutiques and cafés along Taormina's stylish Corso Umberto.
Next you'll travel to Mt Etna -- Europe's tallest and most active volcano. Etna has erupted more than 130 times in recorded history and Crateri Silvestri offers a great view of the summit. Look down upon the town of Catania, which was buried by an eruption more than 300 years ago. Make the most of some free time to walk around the crater.
A lunch of traditional Sicilian cuisine is served at a restaurant near Crateri Silvestri.
Taormina is a popular destination; expect crowding at some locations. The ground around the Crateri Silvestri is uneven and rough. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring a sweater or jacket. Temperatures can drop dramatically at the summit. Due to climatic conditions, views may be obscured at any time.