Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola half day Tour from Catania

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Giardini Naxos Taormina and Castelmola Half Day Tour from Catania

From $70.28

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover more of Sicily as you take a tour of Giardini Naxos, Taormina, and Castelmola on this half-day tour from Catania. With a small group, see where the Greeks first landed on the island and admire the medieval architecture of Taormina. Then, drive along Naxos Bay in the history-steeped seaside town of Giardini Naxos, followed by an overlook at the pretty Isola Bella, from above.
  • Learn about Giardini Naxos’ Greek heritage as you travel
  • See the Mother Church of Castelmola on a tour of the town
  • Spend time in Taormina and visit the famous Corso Umberto
  • Make use of a Catania hotel pickup and drop-off service

What's Included

  • Shuttle bus (return)
  • Multilingual guide
  • INFANT - Baby seat
  • Authorized tourist guide in Taormina (on request)
  • All that is not specified under “the cost includes"

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

08:30 AM

Pickup details

Accommodations, port, and stations in Catania

What To Expect

Start with pickup from the Catania station, port, or your hotel, then travel to Giardini Naxos, the pretty seaside town just south of Taormina. Sicily’s first Greek colony, Giardini Naxos is rich in history as well as beauty and you’ll learn about its Greek roots as you travel along the seafront, looking out at Naxos Bay.

Stop at a panoramic point to admire Isola Bella, a wildlife reserve known as the “pearl of the Ionian Sea,”. Afterward, you’ll head onwards to Castelmola for a stroll through the town. Admire the ruins of its Norman city walls, and stroll around Piazza Duomo to see the Mother Church of Castelmola, a rebuilt cathedral dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari.

Later, you’ll visit Taormina to tread the pavements of Corso Umberto and discover its monuments. See the Messina and Catania gates, and check out the medieval Palazzo Corvaja, Teatro Antico, Badia Vecchia, and the Torre dell’Orologio, among other sights. Finally, you’ll have some time to browse Taormina’s shops at your leisure before your return to Catania.

Etna Tribe

5 hours Admission Ticket Included

Nike di Kalkis

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Chiesa di San Pancrazio (Pass By)

Museo del Castello di Mola

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Chiesa di San Nicolo di Bari

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Castelmola, ME

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Isola Bella

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Porta Catania di Taormina

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Porta Messina

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Corso Umberto

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Piazza IX Aprile

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Villa Comunale

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Ancient Theatre of Taormina

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Torre dell'Orologio

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Piazza Duomo

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Palazzo Corvaja

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Chiesa Madonna della Rocca

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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84 reviews
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Learning the history of the area.
Magda_K, Sep 2023
Our guide Andrea was very knowledgeable. He shared history in an entertaining way including local mythology. It linked in from our recent travels in Greece! Really enjoyed the day and the lovely cool air conditioning of the minibus. Taormina was quite crowded still in September, book ahead if you want to see the Ancient Greek Amphitheatre.
Nice Time
Katrina_F, Sep 2023
Our tour guide was so sweet, she made the trip a real pleasure. The entire tour was interesting and well worth the time and money.
Maria_D, Sep 2023
Enzo was great ! Told us the History of Castelmola and Giardini Naxos Taormina ia beautiful We had wonderful time
Great day in Taormina!
Gayle_T, Jul 2023
Had a wonderful trip today. Great to get out of big city and Salvatore gave us lots of information as we were at each stop. Certainly recommend this tour!
Catania tour
Vivian_T, Jun 2023
We enjoyed our day with our guide Massimo. In my opinion, I would skip Giardini Naxos and spend more time in Taormina.
Exploring beautiful places
Maria_S, Jun 2023
Everything went very well. The tour guide was kind and very knowledgeable. The day was perfect!!! Thanks Giuseppe!
Great day trip
Nadia_A, May 2023
Wonderful coast line and beautiful historic and archaeological sites to visit. Could have used couple of hours more in Taormina
Great day out in Sicily
Tracey_K, May 2023
Giuseppe was a wonderful tour guide taking us to the promised places and even some spots to take great photos. He was early and very knowledgeable. My travel partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the day trip
Salvo was the best tour...
Kristina_P, May 2023
Salvo was the best tour guide!!!! I only wish we had him for every other tour we did. He was so informative and accommodating. I would highly recommend him as a tour guide.
Travel with simone
Ellen_T, May 2023
Just wanted to see some new places. It all went well and Simone was very good I liked the different stops and his stories.
Must see
victor_l, May 2023
Taormina and castelmola are must see places and Nando was a good profesional guide with good Spanish. Thanks
A short excursion rich with experience.
DavidMiccolis, Mar 2023
I wasn't expecting to see so much with a half day excursion. The views of Etna were great, the resort bar we visited was an absolute hoot, Castelmola had so many great views, and Taormina is always wonderful to stroll around.
Wonderful experience
Mirela_T, Nov 2022
We enjoyed the stories which Salvatore told us. Everything was wonderful- Castelmolla heights are impressive. In Taormina we had 2 hours, we visited the Theater and Roman bath, drink cappuccino, eat aranchini and street pizza.
tgpsc4pbkb, Nov 2022
Salvatore is one of the best guides. You can feel that he loves his job and is very informative with the guest. Highly recommend
Great visits - worth the trip.
Tony_T, Nov 2022
Our guide, Peppe was terrific! Very knowledgeable and very accommodating. Taormina was spectacular as was Castelmonte.
Awesome experience
FADY_E, Oct 2022
Florence is an amazing person and a great tour guide. She took her time to explain everything and showed us a lovely afternoon.
Fabulous tour
Jean_W, Jul 2022
The whole of our tour, Alex our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly a pleasure to be in his company
Beautiful scenery, warm,...
Beautiful scenery, warm, experienced & considerate tour guide, hot weather but overall nice experience
You must do the tour!
Maria_S, Jul 2022
The tour was really enjoyable! The towns were small but you do many many things and they are so beautiful towns!! We took many pictures and we learn the history and some old stories that Sicilians tell. Enzo, the tour quide, was lovery and funny guy and made us feel comfortable during the tour!
Diane_C, Jul 2022
Salvatore our tour guide was fabulous. Translation to accommodate all passengers was great! I will return for another tour! Grazie Mille! Diane

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