Etna & Taormina
The Sicilians call the massif that rises above them by a familiar term “A Muntagna” (the Mountain). Etna has also been dealing out benefits to the lands which lies at its feet. At every eruption the volcano deposits enormous quantities of minerals which make the orchards luxuriant and fruitful, as well as the vineyards and the vast woodland areas.
from Taormina Port (Giardini Naxos)
Meet your private Driver at the port and board a Premium Mercedes vehicle. The day starts with MOUNT ETNA. Drive up (approx. 1h) the volcano reaching the Silvestri Craters at 6500 feet. On the way stop for photo opportunities.
Admire the landscape and the vineyards growing in the shadow of Mount Etna inside the DOC wine production area. An eruption from 2001 left its mark at the Rifugio Sapienza area. Enjoy a walk at the nearby Silvestri Craters or simply soak up the atmosphere of the volcano. Depending on the time at your disposal (and weather), possibility to reach 9500 feet by cable car (Optional).
Optional lunch stop en route at a local winery. Continue to lovely TAORMINA, the pearl of the Ionian Sea. You’ll visit this lovely town including also 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.
Drop off at the port
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 the Volcano Etna, often topped with snow and always smoking. The vegetation is lush with sub-tropical plants, the climate is delightful.