This Messina shore tour explores the Greek-Roman amphitheater in Taormina and then takes you to the 6,000 for elevation of Mt. Etna. You will see the peaks, caldera and lava flows.
After meeting your guide, you drive along the eastern edge of Sicily, with the sea on one side of you and Mt. Etna looming on the other, until you reach Taormina. The town is located on a hill overlooking the sea and boasts some of the best Sicilian scenery. The city was colonized by the Greeks in 403 BC and became a federated city of the Roman Empire in 34 BC. Today it is one the most chic resorts in Sicily.
A highlight of Taormina is the gorgeous Greek-Roman amphitheater, the second largest in Sicily. It was originally built by the Greeks and then renewed later by the Romans. Today it still boasts near perfect acoustics and is the setting for music, film and dance festivals. Your guide provides a walking tour to tell you the history of this place.
Later this morning you start the drive up Mt Etna, passing through the towns of Milo and Fornazzo. There is a stop on the edge of the great caldera at the Valle del Bove. From here there are great views of the main crater.
Your destination is Piano Provenzana which is located just above the 6,000 feet mark. You will have some free time here for lunch and get additional photos of the nearby peaks. There is also the chance to visit a lava flow tunnel (lights and helmets provided).
Later this afternoon you return to Messina.
Mobility: NO wheelchairs
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