Excursions in Taormina

Taormina is a small town with a rich history on the oriental coast of Sicily. It is incredible how such a small town may contain such a great number of places of interest.

Founded in the 4th. century B.C. on the site of the Sicels settlement it is filled with reminiscences of different peoples. Here you can go to a concert into the Greek-Roman theatre, see Byzantine graves, reach the Saracen castle on the top of the mount Montetauro, visit an exhibition in the medieval gothic palazzo and stroll through the city garden laid out by an English lady.

In Taormina you can admire the amazing seascapes, immortalized by famous artists, walk in favorite places of world-famous writers, take pictures in the same scenery as the top models of famous fashion brands.

And you can study Sicily, trying Caesar's favourite wine, tomatoes from Pachino, onions from Giarratana, salt from Trapani, fish from the Strait of Messina, marzipan from Palermo, desserts of Arab origin, pistachios from Bronte, and much more in the numerous bars, "trattorias" and restaurants of Taormina.

Sightseeing walking tour

During the walking tour in the historical centre of Taormina you will see the main places of interest, Greek-Roman and Medieval parts of the town, palaces and churches. You will get the recommendations what and where to taste, what souvenirs to buy. And of course you will make photos in the most amazing photo-spots.

Price for the group (1-10 persons) 150 Euro

Duration about three-four hours

Taormina of ancient Greeks and Romans

Naumachia, Odeon, Acropolis, Agora, Aqueduct ... If these words sound to you like music, if you want to touch ancient Roman bricks with your own hands, drink water from the ancient Roman aqueduct, admire the landscape that inspired the ancient Greeks, decipher the symbols of mosaic ornaments, make a wish, touching the Greek temple, then this excursion is for you.

You will immerse in the world of Greeks and Romans, find out how they lived and what they believed, you will walk along the street made as far back as the 4th century BC, see the ancient Roman baths, the remains of temples and villas, and visit the Greek-Roman theater.

Notice: Entrance to the Greek theater is 10 Euro per person

Price for the group (1-10 persons) 150 Euro

Duration about 3 hours

Medieval Taormina

The ages were rather dark, but in the middle of these ages things in Taormina were humming. The medieval part is not very big as contrasted with the the connected history. The Byzantines were replaced by the Saracens, those in their turn by Normans, followed by the Swabians and the Aragons. “Fight. Pray. Work” sounds like the slogan of Middle Ages, when town fortifications, Romanesque and Gothic churches, aristocratic palaces were built in Taormina.

Age of the Saracenes, knights and pilgrims, the plague and leprosy, the two Inquisitions and Jewish ghetto, age when Taormina changed it name.

During the excursion “Medieval Taormina” you will learn how to conquer the town, how to choose the right place for the castle, how to save your animals from diseases and yourself from the plague. The most inquisitive will get an alchemical recipe how to identify leprosy.

Price for the group (1-10 persons) 110 Euro

Duration: about two hours

Taormina for two

Do you plan to make a surprise for your loved one, arrange a romantic walk, make a gift to the newlyweds or your parents? We have an offer you cannot refuse!

A romantic guided walk through Taormina may continue with a pleasant surprise - champagne and musicians in a stunning place with a breathtaking view,
a trip in a cabriolet, a helicopter or a boat,
and  may end with a dinner in a cozy restaurant.

Duration and price on request.

Ceramic classes in Taormina

Sicily has had a reputation for ceramics since ancient times. You can study old ceramic finds and admire works made in big ceramic centres like Caltagirone, Santo Stefano di Camastra, Sciacca in the museums of Sicily. Each town has its own traditional ornaments and colours. You can learn history of Sicilian pottery attending a lesson in Taormina.

Duration 1,5 - 2 hours
1-4 persons
Children of 10 years and upwards
One week advance booking.

Cooking-classes in Taormina

Food – is the best and well-liked way to get to know the local culture. Sicily is one of the “tastiest” regions of Italy. Here, trying different dishes, you can learn the history of the island, explore  the heritage  of the Greeks, Romans, Normans, Spaniards and English.

Here you can learn how to cook as a Sicilian Mamma or a Сhef with a Michelin star and have a great time in a good company with a glass of wine or tangerine liqueur. The wine will be from the volcano "Etna", the tangerines from local garden, and all the products will be "kilometer Zero". Here you will understand why the "Mediterranean diet" has been included in the World Heritage List.

Pizza, pasta, seafood, cannoli will cease to be a culinary mystery to you. In just one lesson you will be taught how to prepare a whole dinner.

If you want, we can also arrange a vegetarian master class.

Please contact me and do not forget to mention your eating preferances, whether there is any food intolerance. It is advisable to order in advance, so as not to miss the most suitable place and Chef.

Churches of Taormina

Walking from one church to another we will make our way from the beginning of Christianity to Baroque period. We will learn what saint the travelers should pray to, what saints help to cure eyes or throat, what is the meaning of the rose on the facade of the church, what is under the church, who and how made mummies in Taormina, when the most picturesque religious holidays are held, why people of Taormina put the most elegant embroidered tablecloths on the balconies, what famous Bavarian beer and the first cathedral of Taormina have in common and even how the parrot became a religious symbol.

We will see an icon-not-made-by-hand that saved the town, Renaissance sculptures, works of famous artists and carvers in stone and wood.

Price for the group (1-10 persons) 110 Euro

Duration: about two hours

Excursions in Savoca

Savoca: The Godfather, cannoli and coppola

Savoca is an incredibly nice and cosy small town on the mountain. We can follow the smooth lines of its winding medieval streets by foot, riding donkeys or by famous three-wheeled scooter “L’Ape Calessino”, admiring views of the hills and the sea. We will see all the most interesting places, from the medieval synagogue, mummies to the locations filmed in the first part of the legendary “Godfather”, we will learn about local traditions and holidays, taste lemon granita with the sweet wine Zibibbo or cannoli in the bar, which became a strong attraction for fans of the film shot by Francis Ford Coppola.

Price for the group 150 Euro for the guide

Car with NCC license - from 175 euro

Duration about three hours

Departure from Taormina