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                                Taormina & Messina                                             from 20 euro per person                             
Duration: Approximately 4 - 5 hours

After meeting your professionally-trained guide, set out on the one hour drive to Taormina. Perched on the side of a hill overlooking the sea, the town has a delightful character. Upon arrival, your walking tour will begin with a brief exterior visit to the famous 15th-century Palazzo Corvaia. This building, indicative of the architectural style of the period, is adorned with classic double windows.

Your guide will take you to scenic lookouts of Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos, point out the municipal buildings and the maze of staircase “streets” that intertwine in this predominately pedestrian only hillside town.

You will then have approximately one hour of free time to grab a coffee or hot chocolate or explore the many shops that line Corso Umberto, Taormina's main street. As well as being a resort town with boutiques of European fashion, you will also see many shops that offer the local Sicilian pottery.
For guests up to the climb, during the free time, your guide will lead an optional tour of the impressive Greek Theater, known for its stunning location. This Roman-style theater was reconstructed in the 2nd century AD. It has marvelous acoustics which allow performances of classical plays to still be held in the theater. To reach the theater requires climbing several uneven, steep stone steps. To access the upper part of the theater also involves climbing uneven steps. For those willing to do it, you will be rewarded with impressive views. Guests wishing to visit the theater are responsible for their own admission which is 8 euro.

After free time, you will meet your guide at the designated location and walk back to your vehicle. From here, you will drive back to the city of Messina for a brief orientation. With a history dating back to the 8th century B.C., Messina has been sacked, seized, or conquered by Carthaginians, Memertines, Goths, Arabs, Normans and English to name a few, but their spirit was never defeated. In more recent times, the city was almost entirely destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in 1908, which killed over 60,000 people and destroyed most of the ancient architecture. Further damage was added by the massive Allied air bombardments of 1943, which caused thousands of deaths.
Your driver will take you along Messina’s main street, the Via Garibaldi. You will see the Vittorio Emanuele Theater, the Town Hall, the church of Catalani, the Court and the university. Before returning to the ship, a photo stop will be made at the Cathedral Square to view the church, the Orion Fountain and the world’s largest Astronomical clock, with more than 33,000 gears and moving parts. Guests wishing to remain in the downtown area will be responsible for their own transportation back to the pier.

Note: The tour of Taormina is entirely on foot and is not suitable for persons with walking difficulties.
         Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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                               Gods Father & Taormina                                          from 20 euro per person                     
Duration: Approximately 6 - 7 hours

Departure Points: Docks of Messina.
In this Tour you will enjoy an introduction to the real Sicily, exploring the town of Savoca – the notorious backdrop of “The Godfather” with our local expert Professional Guide. It offers real insight into the island’s local culture and everyday life.

Arriving in the simple hillside village of Savoca is like taking a step back in time. Although recorded with its present name in 1415, the town probably dates back to the early 12th century, when a Norman Fortress was built here. 

While the town is beautiful and historic, it owes its real fame to Al Pacino and the rest of the cast of “The Godfather.”  You will follow their footsteps, stopping for a lemon Granita at the famous corner Bar Vitelli, one of Coppola's favorite spots, appearing many times throughout the film. You’ll then make our way to the church of St. Lucy, where Apollonia and Michael’s wedding was shot.

Your Godfather tour also takes you on a tour of Taormina, the highlight of this tour in Sicily. You’ll explore this beautiful town, situated on a rocky plateau of the steep Monte Tauro, which dominates the Ionian coast, with Etna rising majestically in the background. Downtown Taormina represents a variety of historical periods, from early Greek and Roman settlements, to Byzantine and Medieval remains, up to 15th-century Catalan buildings and 17th-century Baroque churches. You can stroll Taormina’s main street, Corso Umberto, with its art and designer shops, Baroque churches and Palazzos, and get a glimpse of the breathtaking Greek theatre facing the sea.
Your tour guide will make suggestions where you can have an excellent meal.   

NOTE: ALL our shore excursions in Sicily can be fully customized to include your desired destinations and activities.

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