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Approximately 7½ Hours
Founded in the 6th century BC by Greeks from Naples, Taormina was subsequently occupied by the Romans. Today the influences of both civilizations are found in the ruins of the town's Greco-Roman theater. Writers have documented the beauty of Taormina for centuries, and the town is one of Sicily's most impressive resorts. It has all the qualities that attract visitors -- incredible views, ancient ruins, and an abundance of quaint shops and boutiques. Many of its narrow cobblestone streets are closed to traffic, making the central part of Taormina accessible only on foot.
Stroll through this charming resort town perched high on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naxos. Your guide will introduce you to the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and the bustling main street of Corso Umberto, which is lined with former mansions with enchanting architecture and balconies that brim with flowers.
Stop briefly in the inner courtyard of the medieval Corvaja Palace. Also, enjoy the panoramic views of the bay and snow-capped Mt Etna in the distance.
Follow your guide up the narrow street that leads to the Greco-Roman theater, Taormina's famous antiquity that dates back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. It still hosts performances today. The theater's dramatic location is nothing less than breathtaking, with an incredible view of the coast.
Next, you'll head to Castelmola. This tiny village is strategically located near Taormina and also enjoys splendid panoramic views. The focus of the village is the attractive Piazzetta del Duomo with its fine, intricate paving.
Lunch will be served at a local hotel overlooking the beautiful Bay of Naxos.
Strenuous uphill walking is required. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat. At the Greco-Roman theater, there are many steps, and walking is on uneven ground. To reach the village of Castelmola, an uphill walk is required with approximately 70 steps. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.