Today you are greeted at Messina port and driven to the Etna Natural Park-South Side (Rifugio Sapienza) a beautiful Volcano rich in sounds, perfumes, and colors. On arrival, those interested in experiencing the Etna craters will have the opportunity to explore the Silvestri Craters and also the option to ascent to the top (by Funivia dell’Etna Cable car company) purchasing cable car tickets (Cable Car Fee: not included) on the spot (weather and volcanic conditions permitting) to experience the lava fields and incredible landscape view from Europe’s highest and most active volcano.
How to Ascent to the TOP up to 2.500 meters?
from Rifugio Sapienza we can catch on the first cable car ride (Cable Car fee: around eur 30,00 per person payable on the spot) up to 2.500 meters (Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2.500 meters you can walk around or hiking or just take a cappuccino at the bar overlooking the area.
Later we drive to Taormina, the world famous resort of Sicily. On arrival time at leisure to rest or independent visit to the Greek-Roman Theatre (Admission Fee: not included).
At the end of the tour we drive back to Messina port on time for your departure.
This tour is operated with English speaking Driver.
Some areas can only be visited on foot.
Licensed local guide is not included.
Etna Winery: Light Lunch and Wine Tasting
You will find this extra service on the booking procedure. Feel free to add or skip at your convenience.
This light lunch and wine tasting at Etna Winery includes a selection of cold cuts, cheeses and local products, bread, mineral water and tasting of several wines.
Light lunch at Etna Winery is optional and has to be booked necessarily by the whole Group.
Tour of Sicily will only reserve this service. The total amount will be paid by your Group directly at Winery.
In case of no show Tour of Sicily will charge the total amount due for the lunch on the same credit card used to book the tour.
DRESS CODE RECOMMENDED TO EXPLORE ETNA VOLCANO:
Dress in layers and:
-from March to May & from October to November: pack winter coat and dress sturdy shoes or hiking boots;
-from June to September: pack a waterproof shell and dress in layers. Dress comfortable shoes or sneakers; do not forget you sun screen, sun glasses and sun hat.
Mount Etna an active volcano
Taormina the world famous resort town of Sicily
AS REGARDS THE VISIT TO TAORMINA, IT IS A WALKING TOUR.
Taormina is a hill-village with a glossy sheen of glamour. A drink at the tables of Caffè Wunderbar (or similar) in Piazza IX Aprile may set you back a few euros, but you’ll be basking where Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Taylor basked before you.
As well as the famed Greek-Roman Theatre (Admission Fee: not included), there are several minor sites to be discovered around Taormina. The attractive principal thoroughfare, Corso Umberto is pedestrian and ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Picturesque lanes above and below the Corso are interesting to explore, while if you want to stretch your legs further there are attractive walks up into the hills, or down to the sea. Given its compact size, Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can while away pleasant hours while admiring the views.
Taormina has two important gates: Porta Messina (Messina Gate) & Porta Catania (Catania Gate). Between the two gates there is an important street under the name of CORSO UMBERTO STREET. The Corso Umberto Street is the core of the town rich of bar, shops, pottery and more. Waling in this street indulge you in the Taormina atmosphere. The two gates are far away each other less than one mile (approx. 700 meters). USUALLY the driver escort stopped people in a gate, and meet them again in the opposite gate giving you the chance to be by yourself. Meeting point locations will be handled on the spot in accordance with your driver escort.
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