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boat trips Giardini Naxos Taormina, Isola Bella, Blue Grotto

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Pass By: Isola Bella, Taormina, Sicily Italy

Donated in 1806 by Ferdinand I of Bourbon to Pancrazio Ciprioti mayor of Taormina, it was bought in 1890 by Florence Trevelyan who enhanced it by building a small house and planting rare precious essences. The island then inherited the lawyer. Cesare Acrosso, [1] godson adopted by Salvatore Cacciola, husband of Florence Trevelyan.

In 1954 it was bought for 38,000 ₤ by the brothers Leone and Emilio Bosurgi, who built a village with 12 autonomous residences and a tiny swimming pool disguised among rocks and plantations, in order to cheer and host their friends, entrepreneurs and bankers.

The Bosurgi family owned Sanderson, a historic citrus processing company in Messina. The bankruptcy of this in 1982, [2] opened the way for the sale of judicial assets of family assets which guaranteed the debts of the company with sureties. Among these assets there was also the Bella island with its villa. A first auction was therefore set for 17 October 1984 with a base of five and a half billion lire and a minimum raise of one hundred million, [3] but it went deserted. [4]

Meanwhile, the institutions moved to protect the islet. On 8 October 1984 the Sicilian Region, at the request of the Municipality of Taormina, the Regional Department of Cultural Heritage declared the Isola Bella a monument of particular historical and artistic interest as an «isolated example of unicum as a naturalistic, historical value and cultural ”, subjecting it to protection constraints. The decree considered the island as a "natural monument". [5]

A new auction on 6 March 1985, despite the base having been lowered by 20%, saw no buyer present. [6]

In 1990 the island was finally purchased by the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Sicilian Region. In 1998 a nature reserve was established, managed by the WWF, then by the Province of Messina [7] and recently passed into management at CUTGANA, [8] environmental protection center of the University of Catania.

With the establishment in 2010 of the Archaeological Parks, the management, use, protection and enhancement of the Isolabella are currently the responsibility of the Archaeological Park of Naxos.

Tentative List UNESCO

In 2006 Isola Bella together with Taormina were entered in the UNESCO Tentative List to be recognized as a World Heritage Site. [9]

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Departure Point
1: Port of Giardini Naxos, Via Schisò, 98035 Giardini Naxos ME, Italy
2: Lido Beach Bonday, Via Teocle, 7, 98035 Giardini Naxos ME, Italy
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Returns to original departure point
  • Soda/Pop - aperitif with seasonal fruit
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything went good! Friendly staff, good seasonal fruits and drinks, very clean boat. Highly recommended to book a trip!

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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

We went on this cruise today. It was excellent and great value. Small numbers ( only our party of 5 and another couple). Cruising was enjoyable, and getting the chance to swim in the crystal clear waters was a highlight. Thank you. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

The boat trip is enjoyable; you get the chance to admire the views from the sea. We saw some caves and took a bath, admired Isola Bella and relaxed on the boat. The skipper is very nice and his son Andrei, a sweetie! I recommend...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 1, 2019

My boyfriend and I had a great time with Gianluca and his son on the Blu Marlin! Just enter the Port and look for the boat 'Blu Marlin'. Gianluca was very knowledgeable about the different sites and spoke good English. Beautiful sites with fun people,...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Quest44222580196, Proprietario at escursioni in barca blu marlin, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2019

Thank you for your review and we will be pleased to see you again Gianluca and the little Co. :)

Reviewed July 30, 2019 via mobile

Excellent service Amazing experience Friendly guide, helpful and kind Nice locations Safety Kid enjoyed a lot

Date of experience: July 2019
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Quest44222580196, Proprietario at escursioni in barca blu marlin, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2019

Thank you for your review and we will be pleased to see you again

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