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Messina Shore Excursion: Full-Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour provided by Discover Messina Sicily

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Messina Shore Excursion: Full-Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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The guests will receive sanitized audio guides and one-use earphones. The distribution of paper or printable materials will be avoided. The capacity of all the buses will be reduced by almost 25% of their maximum occupancy. It is required only the digital booking voucher on your mobile device.
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Taormina and Castelmola are two of the most picturesque towns on Sicily’s eastern coast, but visiting from Messina can be complicated. On this shore excursion, save hours by skipping public transportation and taking in these two historic towns plus select sights in Messina by air-conditioned bus. Admire Taormina’s Greek Theater and other highlights during a guided walking tour and stroll through the scenic village of Castelmola before returning to Messina’s port.
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  • Pass by La Madonnina del Porto
    Pass by Fontana di Nettuno
    Pass by Chiesa di S. Francesco all'Immacolata
  • 1
    Stop: 50 minutes -
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    Pass by Quattro Fontane di Taormina
    Pass by Duomo di Taormina
  • 2
    Corso Umberto
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 3
    Ancient Theatre of Taormina
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Porta Catania di Taormina
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  • Visit Taormina and Castelmola with round-trip transportation from Messina
  • A guided walking tour to learn about Taormina’s history and architecture
  • Free time in both towns to dine, shop, and sightsee at your own pace
  • See some of Messina’s most popular highlights via air-conditioned bus
Important Information
Departure Point
Messina Cruise Terminal - Terminal Crociere, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 47, 98122 Messina ME, Italy Via I Settembre, 110, 98122 Messina ME, Italy Port of Giardini Naxos, Via Schisò, 98035 Giardini Naxos ME, Italy
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance ticket to the Greek roman theater
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient Theatre of Taormina
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Personal food and drinks allowed.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Walking in Taormina is over paved and cobblestone surfaces, some of which are sloped. The Greek Theater requires climbing steep uneven stone stairs to enter and numerous steps inside.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Ashley P wrote a review Jan 2020
London, Canada58 contributions18 helpful votes
We stopped in Messina as one of our cruise ship stops. We booked the taromina and castaloma tour as we had heard taromina was lovely. The tour guides were easy to find right off of the ship and our tour guide Katia was great. She gave us italian cookies and water, provided great
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from discoverME, Public Relations Manager at Messina Shore Excursion: Full-Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour
Responded 7 Jan 2020
Thank you very much. I appreciate a lot your review as it is a confirmation of how we do our job: with passion and love for Sicily. I can assure you that this land has a multitude of wonderful places like the ones we saw and I hope that one day you will visit them. Remember that you have a friend in Messina now that would be pleased to offer you all the information you need! Warmest regards Katia
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Robert S wrote a review Dec 2019
Panama City Beach, Florida3 contributions
My cruise ship cancelled our port visit to Messina late in the afternoon prior to our scheduled arrival day. Although we did not have 24 hours advance notice, the tour operator provided a full refund because it was out of our control. Unfortunately we were unable to experience
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Date of experience: November 2019
Robyn M wrote a review Nov 2019
11 contributions3 helpful votes
We thought our guide & driver did an excellent job! The views were fabulous & our guide was knowledgeable & fun. They picked us up at the port from our ship & took a small group on a terrific tour! We're so glad we did this tour! Taormina was my husbands favorite!
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Date of experience: November 2019
Evander wrote a review Oct 2019
Ann Arbor2 contributions
Elisa was a wonderful tour guide and I highly recommend this company!!!! She was so pleasant and gave us just the right amount of information! We had a great time touring and free time!! Definitely use them!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
Paige878 wrote a review Sep 2019
Gaithersburg, Maryland106 contributions6 helpful votes
We really enjoyed this tour! We got to see both cities and the Ancient Theater of Taormina. The views were wonderful and we even got to see Mt. Etna. When we were on the bus, the tour guide Mariarita gave everyone a delicious pistachio cookie from a local bakery. We liked them
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Date of experience: September 2019
About the operator

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By: Discover Messina Sicily
Amazing day!
We started with the boat tour in the morning. Seeing Sicily from the water was beautiful and an amazing experience.
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Awesome, I love it
Everything. All the day was awesome, they went to pick me up even when I didn't know the city. I love the experienc
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Great half day tour of Taormina and Castelmola
Saturday our cruise stopped for a quick visit to Sicily. Mariatita picked us up at the dock and we were off to see
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Needing a response
Was contacted about the tour company wanting to change the time of our tour. I have written them back twice with no
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Great Mountain Town
My husband is a HUGE fan of the Godfather movies so naturally when we were in Sicily we had to take the Godfather t
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Great Tour by a Great Tour Guide
I thought the Tour company was called Discover Messina Tours. If it is the same company then our tour guide Katia w
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Very informative tour
Pick up from cruise port was good, nice and clean transportation. Taormina is just wow!!!..The drive to Castelmola
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Excellent Tour Guide
Enjoyed a great tour from Messina port with tour guide Ecaterina. Simply amazing how she managed to engage so many
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Very informative tour
Our guide, Chiara, was very knowledgeable and energetic. The sites were interesting and the bell tower show at noon
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Great, great tour of Taormina and Castelmona with Discover Messina Sicily
We booked a tour with Discover Messina Sicily for a private visit of Taormina and Castelmona. They pick us at the
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Thelma L
Cruise did not stop there.
The cruise didn't stop there due to weather. They refunded our money. So they are honorable. Pleased about that.
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Linda P
Well worth the time
First, our guide was Mariarita and she was delightful and well-versed in the area. The tour locations were spectacu
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Great Tour, Guide, and Value!
Discover Messina has this tour choice planned, paced and priced perfectly. The group is small, the van very comfor
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My husband and I are visiting Messina on a quest to learn about my relatives. We always take a walking tour to lear
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Able to see the best of Sicily
Our guide Tania was very informative and helpful with always pointing out the WC and gave us time to explore Mt. Et
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Key Details
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Italian, Spanish
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