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Approximately 7 Hours
Meals not included
One of the best ways to get to know a city is on foot. This comprehensive half-day walking tour of beautiful Taormina will satisfy history buffs, photographers and inquisitive travelers alike. Put on your walking shoes and get ready to discover the magnificent landmarks that help define one of Sicily's most popular vacation destinations.
A panoramic drive brings you to stunning Taormina. Perched atop weather-beaten cliffs and founded by the Greeks in the 4th century BC, it is considered Sicily's most beautiful resort. Once a Roman colony and later ruled by Arabs, Normans and French, Taormina wears its historical legacy well. Remnants of each conquering force can be found throughout the town.
Upon arrival, your guide leads you along cobblestone streets lined with medieval mansions, Gothic ruins and charming homes adorned with flower boxes.
One of the first sites you'll visit is perhaps the greatest symbol of Taormina's long and varied history -- the Palazzo Corvaja. Dating back to the 14th century, the fortress is a lively mix of Arab, Norman, and Catalan-Gothic architecture.
From here, stroll to the city's most popular attraction -- the incredible Greco-Roman theater. Carved out of the hillside in the 3rd century BC, the theater boasts panoramic views of the Bay of Naxos, the mountains of southern Calabria and Mount Etna. Feel the centuries peel back as you walk past seats once occupied by happy theater-goers and a stage where actors stood reciting popular plays of the day.
Enjoy some free time to wander and shop along the Corso Umberto, Taormina's main thoroughfare. If you prefer, sit in one of the charming cafés with a cup of espresso (at your own expense) and people-watch.
Later, you'll rejoin your guide and visit the Public Garden, which offers a beautiful town view. Lush vegetation here includes palm trees, cacti and a host of flowers that, in summer, make this place a feast for the eyes. The villa was originally settled by Lady Florence Trevelyan -- a Scottish noblewoman exiled after an affair with Edward VII. Admire the perhaps appropriately-named ornamental elements called Victorian Follies among magnolias, hibiscus and bougainvillea bushes groomed to within an inch of their lives.
Lunch is served at the beautiful Grand Hotel Timeo -- a five-star hotel in Taormina -- before you return to the pier.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.