Etna and Taormina from Palermo
Visit Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, on this 1-day tour. Next, explore Taormina, a popular cliff-top resort overlooking the sea with a Greek theater.
On June 21, 2013, Etna was proclaimed a “World Heritage Site” by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, as an extraordinary testimony of the main periods of the evolution of the earth.It is the fourth Italian natural site (after the Dolomites, the Aeolian Islands and Monte SanGiorgio) to boast the extraordinary recognition, which realizes an ambitious project born twenty years earlier and confirms the common feeling of the locals, for whom Etna is “a Muntagna”, mountain par excellence, as also shown by the Arabic etymology of the medieval name of Etna: Mongibello (from Mons Gibel / Jabal), mountain-mountain, ie the Mount of the mountains.
Thanks to its enchanting position on the sea, the beautiful landscapes, the vast historical, cultural and archaeological heritage of which it is rich, Taormina is one of the most famous tourist resorts on the island. A place of great charm and beauty, the beautiful Sicilian town has seduced poets and writers, attracted illustrious travelers, welcomed internationally renowned celebrities.
Great testimony of Ancient Sicily, the Greek Theater is the most famous monument of Taormina, and the second largest theater on the island (after that of Syracuse). Built by the Greeks (III century BC) who chose the spectacular promontory as a spectacular setting for their dramatic and musical performances, the theater in the second century AD was modified and enlarged by the Romans who transformed the scene and the orchestra into an arena.
Do not miss the Piazza IX Aprile, the most famous square in Taormina that opens onto the main city street (Corso Umberto), with its numerous outdoor cafes, religious buildings and historic buildings that frame it, the characteristic portraitists and the crowds of tourists enchanted by the spectacular view of the gulf and Mount Etna.
06:00 AM: DEPARTURE FROM PALERMO
09:45 AM: ARRIVAL IN MOUNT ETNA, FREE TIME TO JOIN THE HIGHEST AN MOST ACTIVE VOLCANO IN EUROPE
12:00 PM : DEPARTURE FROM MOUNT ETNA
1:00 PM: ARRIVAL IN TAORMINA, FREE TIME TO VISIT THE VILLAGE, THE GREEK-ROMAN AMPHITHEATER AND TIME FOR LUNCH
3:30 PM : DEPARTURE FROM TAORMINA
6: 00 PM: BACK TO PALERMO