Excursions in Taormina

Updated on Feb 20, 2019 by Stacey Parsons

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Thinking of visiting the historic town of Taormina soon? Here are some fantastic excursions and activities you can enjoy whilst in the area...

Sometimes getting out and about is exactly what you need from your holiday - visiting local towns and villages, getting a real taste for local life and visiting some of the most impressive natural landmarks. Here, we highlight just some of the most rewarding days out and activities which surround Taormina, Sicily's gem on the east coast. 

Mount Etna

A visit to Taormina would not be complete without exploring the magnificent Mount Etna. The views on the way up are spectacular, and for the whole package, including a 2,500m ascent in the cable car, followed by another 500m in a jeep and with a mountain guide, is €63 per person. Or for €30 you can just stick to the cable car – still an incredible experience!

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Alcantara Gorge and Botanical Park

Venturing 20km inland to the Alcantara Gorge is a superb experience for anyone who enjoys spending time in awe of nature. One of Italy’s most spectacular natural sights, the black lava walls of the Alcantara Gorge stretch 50m high, amidst an unspoiled parkland landscape of flora and fauna. If you fancy it, you can also take a dip in the river, or hike along the banks, where you’ll discover lots of native vegetation. There’s also a gorge trail, which follows the river upstream, where you’ll get some fantastic opportunities to witness the black lava and experience the citrus groves and botanical gardens. The gorge trail is fairly easy. The gorge has an entrance fee of €8 per adult.

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As part of the association of Italy’s most beautiful village, Castelmola presents a fantastic day out, just 7km from Taormina. A place well known for its almond wine, you can find a local café in the small square and enjoy Italian coffee whilst admiring the views of Mount Etna and the bay of Naxos.

Views over Taormina from Castelmola. Image credit: Anna Lurye | Shutterstock 



In the Middle Ages, Savoca was a city, the most important in the province, rich because of its silk production. Now a crumbling hilltop village, it's well worth a visit if you want to experience a taste of authentic Sicily. There are some truly breathtaking panoramas from here too, and you can visit a museum where not only can you witness how Sicilian life used to be, but also see photographs and keepsakes related to The Godfather films. 

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Staying in Taormina

We have a number of properties in and around Taormina ranging from luxury 5* hotels through to fantastic apartments, many of which boast spectacular views. To browse our Taormina hotels and villas, click here. Or for some visual temptation, here's some pictures of what you could enjoy...

Villa Angela 

Villa Neri Resort & Spa 

Grand Hotel Mazzarò​ Sea Palace 

The Ashbee 


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