Cyclops Riviera & Taormina

The nearby coast of Acitrezza is characterized by its tumbled black lava and the rocks of Cyclops, according to the Odyssey, supposed to been hurled at Ulysses when he escaped from Polyphemus. Idyllically perched on a rocky promontory high above the sea, Taormina has been the most popular tourist destination in Sicily for a couple of hundred of years, ever since it became an integral part of the Grand Tour.

Shore Excursion Program

Starting time subject to ship arrival

from Catania Port

Meet your private Driver Escort at the port and board on a Premium Mercedes Vehicle to reach the old town center.

Starting time subject to ship arrival


During a brief WALKING TOUR (40min) in CATANIA you’ll get the chance to appreciate this lively city. Don’t miss the Pescheria or fish market, a boisterous and fascinating place. Admire the Baroque center including the Piazza del Duomo and the symbol of the city, the black elephant.

Stop en route along the amazing black lava coast of Aci Castello and Aci Trezza with the famous CYCLOPS ROCKS. 

Finally continue to TAORMINA, the pearl of the Ionian Sea. Visit the lovely town center including the Greek Theatre which has inspired generations of travelers and artists. The town is located on the Monte Tauro hill, dominating two grand bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna.

Drive back to Catania 1h

Drop off at the port

Drive back to Catania 1h

Tour Details

Duration: Flexible 6/8 Hours
Photo Opportunities
Shore Excursion
Friendly: No

What’s Included

English-speaking Driver Escort
Private Transport by Premium Mercedes Vehicle
Pickup/Drop off at the port
Parking/Highway Fees

What’s Extra

Admission fees
Meals & Beverages
Local Guide in Taormina

If someone had to spend just one day in Sicily and asked “What ought I to see?” The answer without hesitation is “Taormina”

The presence of Etna, both beautiful and sinister, must have some fatalistic effect on the character of the inhabitants of Catania, though it seems to be taken cheerfully for granted. In the old center it has many grand and important Baroque buildings made out of dark grey lava. In the middle of the Piazza del Duomo is the symbol of the city: the much loved fountain with its black elephant.

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