Castelmola and Taormina from : estimated time 5/6 hours.
Will pick you up
and drive to the nedieval village of Castelmola from which you can enjoy a stunning view over the strait of Messina and Taormina as well.
On the way to Castelmola the 11° Century Saracens fortress is a must.
During our scenic drive we can also admire the famous Isola Bella, once home of Florence Travelyan .
The rest of your time is to be spent in Taormina on your own.
Is one of the most beautiful and magic place in the world.
For many tourists, from all over the world, Taormina is a must see destination.
The charming town is located on a rocky plateau of Mount Tauro overlooking the Ionian sea,
at a height of about 250 meters.
Taormina boasts a rich artistic,
historical and cultural heritage that with the healthy climate and beautiful natural scenery,
has attracted visitors since the middle of the eighteenth century.
In the years before the outbreak of World War I,
Taormina was attended by special guests:
the Rothschilds, the Morgans, the Krupps, Gabriele D’Annunzio, the rulers Edward VII and George V of England, the German Emperor Wilhelm II.
Also, many were foreigners settled there permanently.
Among these are to remember the painter Otto Geleng, the German photographer
Wilhelm Von Gloeden and the English novelist and poet DH Lawrence.
These men, who were the first admirers of Taormina,
attracted numerous characters aristocrats from all over Europe
and made it a destination for elite for many years, especially during the winter.
Today, Taormina has become one of the most popular tourist destinations
in the world known. Luxury hotels and small B & B are able to accommodate
a large number of tourists throughout the year.
We finally depart from here and ,
time permitting we can stop in Messina or Catania ( depending to where you have docked in the morning)
to enjoy some beautiful views.
You can share the Castelmola & Taormina tour with others cruise passengers.