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Mt. Etna & Taormina

Code: JMES003

 

One of Joe Banana's private drivers will meet you at the port of Messina. He will stand right in front of the gangway of your cruise ship holding a sign with your name on it. These two beautiful places in Sicily "Mount Etna and Taormina”, are must sees during your shore excursion. 

 

Mount Etna is one of the world's most active volcanos! Majestic and fascinating, it was considered by the Ancient Greeks to be the realm of the Vulcan god of fire.  Unpredictable and ever-changing, this mountain rises well over 6500 feet above sea level, making it the highest mountain in Europe, after the Alps.

 

You will pass through the town of Giarre and then through the village of Zafferana before arriving at Mt. Etna’s Cratere Silvestri which is about 6000 ft above sea level. The strange, lunar landscape is well worth a stop to capture photo memories of your tour.  

 

Your private driver will then take you to the town of Taormina, one of the most beautiful places in Sicily.  This charming and picturesque town has been a world famous resort since the end of the 19th century.  Known for its unspoilt natural beauty and climate as well as its excellent hospitality, the inhabitants of Taormina have managed to preserve their local culture and ancient history while providing efficient modern organization. Take time to enjoy the outdoor cafès and maybe a delicious lunch tasting some of the local specialties during your shore excursion here. 

 

You will also have time to visit the ancient theater built by the Greeks during the 3rd century BC, but later changed into an amphitheatre by the Romans.  From here you can see a magnificent view of the bay of Naxos and Mount Etna, so take out your cameras again!  Next, your shore excursion driver will bring you to the Palazzo Corvaia. This palace built in the 14th and 15th centuries represents several different architectural styles - Arab, Gothic, and Norman. Behind the nearby church, you can visit the ruins of a small Roman theatre.  

 

You will have time at leisure as well before returning to the ship in Messina port. 

 

 

 

        

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Mt Etna & Taormina

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