Taormina & Cyclops Coast

Myth & Captivation of the East. 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. 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.

Shore Excursion Program

Starting time subject to ship arrival

from Syracuse Port

Meet your private Driver Escort at the port and board a Premium Mercedes vehicle. Next drive (45min) to the lively city Catania.

Starting time subject to ship arrival


During a brief WALKING TOUR (30min) 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 for photo opportunities along the amazing black lava coast of Acicastello and Acitrezza 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.

Drive back to Catania 45min

Drop off at the port

Drive back to Catania 45min

Tour Details

Duration: Flexible 7/8 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 view is among the loveliest of Italy. The panorama is dominated by Etna, often topped with snow and always smoking. The vegetation is lush with sub-tropical plants, the climate is delightful.

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