Castelmola – Taormina – Messina
Discovering the Pearl of the Ionian Sea: a tour of Archaeology, Sea and Ancient Myths
(Price: € 40.00 per person, minimum 10 people)
Messina, “Gate of Sicily”, has always been a city with a commercial character.
It was founded by the Greeks who gave it the name of “Zancle” (sickle) linked to the shape of its port. Later it was conquered by the Romans, then by the Byzantines, the Arabs and, finally, by the Normans.
It is the Sicilian town closest to the Italian Peninsula and well connected to it by a ferry system.
Castelmola – Tourist town, small and well preserved, is located on top of a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea a few kilometers from Taormina. For its naturalistic and artistic qualities, it is part of the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
The highest point of Castelmola is reached by climbing up a path, from the main square of the village, Piazza Sant’Antonino, to the ruins of a castle. In the square, a splendid viewpoint offers a breathtaking view of the Ionian coast and the city of Taormina, the sea and the Calabrian coast.
Taormina – International tourist center at about 200 meters above sea level, is famous for its beautiful natural landscape, the beauty of the sea and its artistic heritage. The birth of this important island tourist center is linked to the arrival, in 358 BC, of some Greek refugees from the nearby city of Naxos, an ancient Greek island colony previously conquered by Dionysius I of Syracuse. From this origin came the name Tauromenion, which later evolved into the current one.
The particular conformation of the territory makes Taormina look like a large terrace enriched by a beautiful panoramic view in which the nearby volcano Etna stands out in a powerful way.
Included in price:
Tourist guide in a foreign language
Live comments on board
Civil Liability Insurance
Excluded from the price:
Food and drink
Tips and extras in general
Places available 15. Tour duration at 6 hours. Minibus with Air Conditioning
Departure from Messina; stop with times to be agreed in the center of Taormina where you can visit the Greek Theatre, the Palazzo Corvaia, the Duomo admiring the alleys and the breathtaking landscape that presents itself from the main square.
Moving towards the upper part of Taormina, to see Mount Etna and the famous Isola Bella.
Transfer to Castelmola, with a stop in the main square (Piazza Sant’Antonino) to admire the beautiful panorama of the Ionian coast. Visit to the castle of Mola.
Return to Messina, with a visit to ‘Cristo Re’ to appreciate the view of the Strait, and subsequent visit to the Duomo and the famous clock tower; return.
Advice and what to take with you
Cameras or camcorder
Cash or Credit Card
Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Caps
Windbreaker jackets (In late autumn)