Taormina is one of the most important tourist destinations in Italy, and for good reasons. It has long been a popular destination for vacationers, and artists, musicians and writers of international renown, as well as Hollywood stars, all sojourned in this little town, bewitched by a unique panorama spanning the Ionian Sea and the Etna.
Founded by Sicels in the 5th century B.C.E., Taormina was conquered by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs Normans, Swabians, Angevins, Aragoneses, Habsburgs and Bourbons. This long series of dominations finally ended with the unification of Italy in 1860. Taormina’s tumultuous history left a legacy of fine architecture that merits attention. This tour offers an insight into Taormina’s outstanding historical, architectural and cultural heritage, which made it a compulsory stop on the Grand Tour.
The itinerary starts at Porta Catania and ends at Porta Messina, the town’s two main gates. Walking along Corso Umberto, we stop to admire Palazzi with their original blend of Arabic, Gothic and Spanish architectural styles. Other stops include Piazza Duomo with its emblematic fountain and its 13th century basilica, as well as Piazza 25 Aprile, which offers a breathtaking view on the bay of Naxos. This is also a good place to indulge in an almond granita (or any other typical flavours). Then, making our way down narrow and winding alleys and staircases, we reach the remains of the Odeon and a Greek gymnasium (wrongly named Naumachias). We continue on to the impressive theatre, with its magnificent view on the Ionian Sea and the often snow-capped Etna in the background. The tour ends with a stroll in Taormina’s charming and peaceful Public Garden, a rather frivolous and welcome addition designed by an eccentric Englishwoman, Mrs. Trevelyan.
Rates for this private walk in Taormina: 1-4 people € 310 / 5-8 people € 340
Tour duration: ca. 3.5h
Incidentals: admission ticket for the Greek-Roman theatre (€ 10)
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