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Approximately 7¾ Hours
Meals not included
Departing from Taormina, you'll board a motorcoach for a panoramic drive along Sicily's mountainous eastern coastline. You're headed to the Crateri Silvestri and Mt Etna. Along the way you'll pass through the villages of Santa Venerina and Zafferana Etnea and enjoy some dramatic coastal views.
At Crateri Silvestri, you'll have time to walk around the crater on your own, and to take in some amazing views of the summit of this great volcano that is the tallest and most active in all of Europe. It has erupted more than 130 times in recorded history. You'll also see the town of Catania, buried by an eruption more than 300 years ago.
Re-board the coach for the scenic ride to Taormina. An elevator will take you from the coach parking area to the city, where your walking tour begins. Get acquainted with this village perched 700 feet above the stunning Bay of Naxos. It was a famed resort even in Roman times, so you'll easily find remnants of its Greek and Roman history in its fine medieval quarter. Castle ruins, modern shops and chic cafés invite you to explore.
A guided walk introduces you to the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and the bustling Corso Umberto. The latter is the main street and is lined with former mansions, shops and bars. It's the perfect place to enjoy an outdoor beverage (at your own expense) while people-watching.
Your lunch will be served in a fine restaurant in Taormina with a spectacular bay view.
You'll have some free time to shop and explore on your own before returning to the ship.