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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
Pass Messina's Viale Boccetta and Immacolata Church, then travel by freeway to Taormina, about 31 miles away. The road is a gravity-defying series of tunnels and switchbacks. Taormina is situated high on Mount Tauro, overlooking the calm Ionian Sea, with a delightful medieval character and many interesting shops. The town dates back to AD 39.
On your walking tour of Taormina, admire Palazzo Corvaja and the impressive Greco-Roman theater built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC and later renovated by the Romans. Renowned for its unique acoustics, it is still used for open-air performances.
Stroll the Corso Umberto -- a mostly pedestrian street -- where charming shops beckon you to explore.
Strenuous uphill walking is required. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring a sunhat. At the Greco-Roman theater, there are many steps, and walking is on uneven ground. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.