Etna and Taormina
We operate a tour that includes a visit to the highest active Volcano in
Europe, Mt.Etna. We will drive up to a height of 1.950 mts. above sea level
for a real botanical adventure, surrounded by colorful wildflowers. We will
get on top of the Silvestri Craters to have a feel of what it is like on top
of the Volcano. We Proceed to Taormina driving along charming Etna town.
High on Monte Tauro, dominating two grand sweeping bays below, is
Sicily's best-known resort. The outstanding remains of its classical
theatre, with Mount Etna as an unparalleled backdrop, arrested passing
travellers when Taormina was no more than a medieval hill-village. Goethe
and D.H. Lawrence are the two big names touted by the tourist office;
Lawrence was so enraptured that he lived here (1920ˆ23) in a house at the
top of the valley cleft behind the theatre.
Although popular with tourists
over recent years, Taormina still retains much of its small-town charm. The
one main traffic-free street is an unbroken line of fifteenth to
nineteenth-century palazzi and small intimate piazzas, and there is a
superb ruined castle and rows of flower-filled balconies. The Taormina's
Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco) hewn out of the solid rock of Mt. Tauro, with
spectacular views of Mt. Etna and the Ionian Sea, is itself a piece of
theatre. Although it was begun by Greeks in the 3rd century BC, the present
structure is almost entirely the work of 1st-century AD Romans, who rebuilt
it as an amphitheatre for animals and gladiators.
Time permitting we will
visit the town of Castelmola, once a Norman Fortress whose view dominates
the bay of Taormina with a spectacular view. Not to be missed is a stop at
Caffe San Giorgio for a glass of almond wine. Lunch (optional) is taken in
Taormina at a lovely restaurant with a terrace overlooking the sea.
All rates are quoted in Euro curency. Price includes driver guide for the entire tour Price does not include lunch, gratuities nor entrance fees.
Entrance fees: Euro 8,00 per person, payable directly on the spot.
Full Day Tour (7 hrs)
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