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8-Day Independent Mt Etna and Taormina Bike Tour

8-Day Independent Mt Etna and Taormina Bike Tour
Duration:
8 days
From:
USD 761.07
A striking bike tour along the Etna foothills and along the national park. This journey will take you through ancient towns, pervaded by history and myths, on the tracks of ancient savors and exquisite wines. It is of medium difficulty and will allow you to visit Taormina, pearl of the Ionian coast, the medieval towns of Randazzo and Castiglione, and the baroque city Acireale. You will see some of the most important Sicilian nature reserves: the Etna National Park, the park of the Alcantara valley and the nature reserve 'Forre Laviche del Simeto'.<br><br>

Taormina Shore Excursion from Messina

Taormina Shore Excursion from Messina
Duration:
4 hours
From:
USD 45.44
Enjoy a tour of Taormina where you'll visit famous sites like the Greek theater, the Cathedral, Mount Etna and the Giardini Naxos bay. The tour will then return to explore the sites in Messina. This 4-hour includes pickup and drop-off from the ports in Messina.&nbsp;

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Things to do in Catania if you have a Catania Airport Layover or Extended Catania Airport Stopover


If you have an extended layover at the Catania Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Catania.LayoverIdeas.com.


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Sicily’s rugged beauty is truly unique, so if you find yourself with a layover on one of the island’s airports, take a little time to explore Italy’s southernmost gem. Here are some suggestions near CTA Catania Airport:


Go to the top of Mount Etna


Catania is situated under the most major currently active volcano in Europe, so the obvious thing to do is a volcano trek. There are many organised tours, but you can hire the services of a Volcanologist as your tour guide and go off the usual tourist trail. To reach Mount Etna, take the private train line (Circumetnea) at Borgo metro station or a shuttle from the central station that reaches Rifugio Sapienza (usually leaving in the morning and return the evening) from where you can get to the top of the mountain (spring/summer only, regardless of the summer heat the summit will be cold so do bring a jumper). Please note that the metro and the train to Mount Etna are closed on Sunday.


See the Coast – and the Rocks the Cyclops Threw


You could also have a visit along the coast for Acicastello (a nice medieval castle built on a giant rock, over the see) or Acitrezza, a little fishing village well known for its giant rocks lying in the sea, supposed to be the ones thrown by the Cyclops at Ulysses.


Wander a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Catania is also well known for its particular baroque architecture and urban design (the downtown area is a World Heritage Site, along with all the Val di Noto). Piazza Stesicoro, the original centre containing ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre. It is also the entrance to the main market (Mercato de la Fiera) which is worth a visit. Additionally it is one of the main bus hubs.


Don’t Forget the Elephant


The baroque Piazza del Duomo is attractive, lively and contains "U Liotru", the Elephant statue symbol of Catania. The Elephant Fountain marks the entrance to the elegant via Etnea, the main shopping street.


Tip: Catania has a compact centre and it is most convenient just to walk around. Traveling by public transport may be problematic due to long waiting times for buses (> 1 hour), pickpockets and a very short metro line still under construction.


As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to CTA Catania Airport and clear security in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Catania Attractions

2-Hour Messina Walking Tour

2-Hour Messina Walking TourDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 17.04
Your 2 hour walking tour starts from Cathedral Square, under the beautiful bell tower which was built in 1933. Other interesting monuments worth of admiration are the Catalan Church, testimony of Arab-Norman style, the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, which is the second one in Southern Italy and the Mount of Mercy in Barroque style. With so many places to visit don't overlook the Sanctuary of Montalto and the Shrine of Christ the King, the Church of Saint Francis, Palace Zanca and the Antiquarium, and the Palace of Culture, dedicated to the famous painter Antonello da Messina.

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Messina Walking Tour

Messina Walking Tour Duration:
78 minutes
From:
USD 34.08
A panoramic view of the city and the possibility to see the main attraction of Messina also known as 'the door of the Mediterranean'. Wonderful landscapes and historical buildings in an unique tour that will impress you.

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Tour of Messina's Fountains

Tour of MessinaDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 34.08
Messina has always had prestigious fountains, some of them mentioned by the most important art critics for their peculiar architectonic beauty.

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Messina Guided City Tour

Messina Guided City TourDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 34.08
Enjoy this Messina tour that begins at your cruise ship terminal. Discover this beautiful Sicilian town full of history, culture and amazing panoramic views on this 2-hour guided tour.

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Mount Etna Half-day Tour from Taormina

Mount Etna Half-day Tour from TaorminaDuration:
5 hours
From:
USD 38.62
Departure to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. You will reach 2.000 m where the extint Silvestri Craters are situated. <br>Return to Taormina around 1.30 pm. Please bring warm clothes and walking shoes.

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Wine and Local Delicacies Tasting at a Sicilian Traditional Millstone

Wine and Local Delicacies Tasting at a Sicilian Traditional MillstoneDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 39.76
Live authentic experiences in Sicily. Taste great wine and typical products with the explanation of a sommelier inside an impressive ancient millstone of a winery close to Catania.

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Messina City Tour

Messina City TourDuration:
6 hours
From:
USD 45.44
Explore the coastal jewel in northeast Sicily on this 6-hour Messina city tour. Spin along the Ionian coast by air-conditioned bus as a guide sheds light on the region's colorful local myths and folklore. Take in top attractions including the Church of Montalto and the Sanctuary of Christ the King, and marvel at 12th-century Arab-Norman architecture at the Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani. Along the way, enjoy fine views over the UNESCO–listed Cape of Peloro — where traditional fishing boats sit in the pretty harbor.

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Taormina Shore Excursion from Messina

Taormina Shore Excursion from Messina Duration:
4 hours
From:
USD 45.44
Enjoy a tour of Taormina where you'll visit famous sites like the Greek theater, the Cathedral, Mount Etna and the Giardini Naxos bay. The tour will then return to explore the sites in Messina. This 4-hour includes pickup and drop-off from the ports in Messina.&nbsp;

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Last Updated: 25 Feb 2016