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Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina
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Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina

By Discover Messina Sicily
Recommended by 93% of travelers
93% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
See more of Sicily when your cruise ship docks in Messina with a guided tour to Taormina and Castelmola. Benefit from traveling with a local guide with a stop at the village of Castelmola. Get great views of Mt Etna and Isola Bella, and take a guided tour of Taormina’s plazas and historical landmarks, with free time to explore further on your own before returning to Messina.
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Ages 0-90, max of 35 per group
Duration: 6h
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Live guide: English, Italian, French, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Hear live commentary from your guide
  • Ride in a comfortable air-conditioned bus
  • Visit Corso Umberto and the Greek Theater independently (optional)
  • Pickup and drop-off provided in Messina

  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entry/Admission - Sicily
  • Entry/Admission - Corso Umberto
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Entrance ticket to the Greek Roman theatre


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Option 1
    Terminal Crociere, 98122 Messina, Metropolitan City of Messina, Italy
    FOR THE CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: Tour departure time is 30 minutes after ship arrival except for ships arriving at 7:00 AM. Ships arriving at 7:00 AM will always have a tour departure time of 8:30 AM Local Time The guide will meet you inside of the port, on the left side of the ship.
  • Option 2
    Via I Settembre, 110, 98122 Messina ME, Italy
    FOR THE GUESTS THAT ARE NOT CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: The meeting point at our office DISCOVER MESSINA SICILY, located in Via I Settembre, 110.
  • Option 3
    Porto di Giardini Naxos, Via Schisò, 98035 Giardini Naxos ME, Italy
    The travellers will meet the guide in front of the small three columns temple, located in front of the port of Giardini Naxos.
Pickup details
  • THE PICKUP TIME IS SETTLED 30 MINUTES AFTER THE DISEMBARKATION. Example: if your ship arrives at 8:00 AM the pickup time will be 8:30 AM; if the ship arrives at 9:00 AM the pickup time will be 9:30 AM, and so on.
Port pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
  • MESSINA PORT
  • GIARDINI NAXOS PORT
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 23689P4

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • May be operated by a multilingual guide
    • Minimum number of 4 people per tour applies. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough total passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund’
    • Infant meals not included
    • Cellular number required
    • Departure times are set according to arrival of cruise ships
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Which attractions will I visit with Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina?
    How much is Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina?
    Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina price starts from $98.28. Discover and book Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina on Tripadvisor
    What is the Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina cancellation policy?
    Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina?
    Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina is hosted by Discover Messina Sicily. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Discover Messina Sicily on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 23689P4

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    Itinerary
    • You’ll have 3 starting options
      Or, you can also get picked up
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    • 1
      Castelmola
      Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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    • 2
      Corso Umberto
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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      Pass by
      Piazza Duomo
      Quattro Fontane di Taormina
      Palazzo Ciampoli di Taormina
    • 3
      Duomo di Taormina
      Stop: 15 minutes
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      Pass by
      Torre dell'Orologio
      Piazza IX Aprile
      Chiesa di San Giuseppe
    • 4
      Chiesa di Santa Caterina
      Stop: 10 minutes
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    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Discover Messina Sicily
      692
      Messina, Italy
      Joined in August 2012
    • HappyTravels1135
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful!!!! Highly Recommend.
      We were a group of four that were lucky to have Sara as our guide for this tour. As a native of Messina she was actually involved in developing the tour which is a new one for Discover Messina. We thought it was fantastic. Not only did we see the city and the Straits areas, we also got to go to the mountains for some fantastic views of the city, straits and surrounding area. We thought it was a wonderful value and Sara is such a good guide and nice person. We had a great day and ended it with some fantastic sandwiches at Don Minico's under the shade. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR and DISCOVER MESSINA.
      Written April 16, 2024
    • Explore488855
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent guide
      Our guide, Katina, was excellent. East to understand and very knowledgeable. Very pleasant and made for a very enjoyable tour.
      Written April 4, 2024
    • VRTUS
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mont Etna and Taormina day tour by Messina Shore Tours.
      Our group of 19 booked a day tour to Mont Etna & Taormina through Messina Shore Tours which it's a transfer company, they sent 2 Mercedes Benz vans. All in new condition. Angela is our guide; our drivers are Massimo & Carmelo. They came to our cruise port to pick us up on time. Angela explained the history and cultures of Sicily to us. Mont Etna was in its zero degree Celsius, and the small hails was falling on the face, cold but it's exciting to experience at the famous volcano which eruptions December 2023. We watched the video while at the small cafe at the mountain top. This is one of a lifetime experience the nature in Sicily. Mont Etna, what a stunning scenery. Nature is so beautiful. Then we head to Taormina, a town close to Mont Etna. This is a town which drawing lots of travelers recently. There're many small shops and restaurants that we browse through and relax. Messina Shore Tours did a wonderful job for our day tour in Sicily. I highly recommended this company and the tour.
      Written March 21, 2024
    • B697LUkathyw
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Extremes at Seasons Beginning
      An amazing site but very cold the day we went .It snowed and the wind was so strong.Taormina was beautiful.Shops were lovely . Old town was so picturesque.
      Written March 19, 2024
    • beckysI8375DN
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day trip from Messina
      We had a great day trip with Mariarita to Savoca and Taormina. We have taken both the small group and private versions of this tour and loved them both. Savoca and Taormina are gorgeous!
      Written February 22, 2024
    • 339rodericb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A healthy visit to Messina
      We were looking for a way to see Messina during our stay in port, and this ticked all the boxes. In a small group with a knowledgeable guide, we were able to see many points of cultural or historical significance and learn a lot about the city. As a walking tour, it is a very healthy way to see the city, but it was a relaxed walk that would not tax most tourists. Finishing at a local eatery for some snacks (included in the price) was a lovely way to round out the experience.
      Written December 28, 2023
    • Elizaxxxx
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour with Discover Messina
      A great shore excursion to Taormina and Castelmola - two beautiful towns with spectacular views. Our tour guide Sarah met us right outside the cruise port gate with an easy to find Discover Messina sign. Sarah was fantastic - friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We booked this shore excursions because of the great reviews on TripAdvisor and it did not disappoint. We hope to be back to Sicily again and would definitely take another tour with Discover Messina. Thank you Sarah for a wonderful day!
      Written December 5, 2023
    • julielS9301YN
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day!
      It was a nice small group. They were six of us in a minivan. The driver and the guide were fantastic. Etna was OK but very crowded and Taormina was wonderful.
      Written November 24, 2023
    • nancyrC3796TY
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic Shore Excursion
      Excellent tour. These sites are a must when visiting Sicily! Tour guide was knowledgeable and extremely personable.
      Written November 21, 2023
    • 460regt
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour with a great guide!!
      Beautiful places to visit!! Great tour - Katya was wonderful - funny, informative and friendly. Highly recommended. Would definitely use them again
      Written November 19, 2023
    • Karen T
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mt Etna and Taormina adventure
      What a wonderful adventure! Discover Messina does it right. - clear communication leading up to the tour, small group size and knowledgeable guide and driver. Our guide, Cecilia, started the tour with a local treat and provided information on our way to Mt Etna. Strong winds made for an exciting visit at the Crater. You definitely want a coat and gloves...it was around 33 degrees. Off those came for our visit to the pretty town of Taormina. Cecilia recommended restaurants and a yummy canolli shop. We were back in Messina with plenty of time to meet our ship.
      Written November 18, 2023
    • Flyer03007240887
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      What a wonderful tour— Mt Etna and Taormina
      We had the pleasure of going on the Discover Messina Sicily tour with Cecelia last week. My mother and I had never traveled to Europe, so we traveled by cruise so we could see as much as possible. After 10 days of tours, I would have to say this tour was by far my favorite! Not only was our tour guide extremely knowledgeable, but she was also very personable and friendly! We learned so much, and got to see all of the key sites (Mt. Etna Volcano and Taormina). My one recommendation— when they say to bring a jacket/ coat for Mt Etna, they mean it! It was very windy and cold (30°F cooler), but what a wonderful experience to see it all! I would recommend this tour to anyone without a doubt!
      Written November 17, 2023
    • Kathy K
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Tour in the Land of the Godfather
      Our tour guide, Kat at Discover Messina, was outstanding. We were three couples on a perfect excursion to Taormina followed by a visit to the charming town (city) of Savoca. Kat was so entertaining and enthusiastic. You can tell she loves her job: she shared so much about the history of Sicily and of course, the films. I thought we knew it all, but she was loaded with new fun facts. And the scenery and the driver were excellent too! Highly recommend if you are a fan of Francis Ford Copolla’s masterworks . (And even if you are not it is still a really nice tour! )
      Written November 17, 2023
    • Jenn A
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour
      Cecilia was a great tour guide. Area was beautiful and I learned a lot about the area. Would definitely go again if I had the chance
      Written November 16, 2023
    • TriesteOriginal
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      We Wanted More
      In fairness, there are only a few things to see in Messina, but our tour guide Gabriella mostly stated the obvious about them -this is a church, this is the theater, and so on. Except to describe what buildings were rebuilt, we got only the rudiments of Messina's history, nothing about the economy, life in the city, or much of anything. Before the tour, we were pleased with the relatively reasonable cost of $39pp, but afterwards, we thought the tour was very poor value. Still, Gabrielle was a sweet, thoughtful and enthusiastic guide.
      Written November 14, 2023
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    parrots3
    Scottsdale, AZ53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour Gabrielle was awesome! She was fun engaging informative and shared many tips and suggestions of things to try. This tour was made special by her and her very competent driver. I highly recommend this company and especially Gabrielle
    Written September 8, 2023
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    Michelle R
    Halifax, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gabriela was amazing!!! She is knowledgeable, friendly and went out of her way to ensure our group saw everything they wanted. The air conditioned bus was a pleasure and our driver was very professional. I highly recommend this tour and tour company.
    Written August 26, 2023
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    Tom
    Pittsburgh, PA17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2022 • Couples
    This was a great shore excursion on our Messina port day.

    Castelmola is small but has breathtaking views. They provided a walking tour but then left plenty of time to explore on your own.

    Taormina is much larger and we chose to explore primarily on our own but they did provide a walking tour there as well for those who wanted to join, which most in the group did. We had about three hours there which was perfect.

    They also stopped for some panoramic views of Messina harbor before returning to the ship.

    During the bus ride they provided lots of interesting commentary including visuals on an iPad. They also provided bottled water and almond cookies which was a nice treat.

    The only downside is we were originally booked for The Godfather (Savoca) plus Taormina but they didn’t have enough people booked on that tour so they helped get us onto this one as well. We knew there was a chance that would happen, and appreciated they didn’t just leave us stranded without an excursion. Castelmola was a nice alternative.

    All around great tour company. Wonderful guides. Comfortable bus. Highly recommended.
    Written September 3, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Thank you very much for your kind words and for taking your time to share your experience with Discover Messina Sicily with future guests. The entire team is looking forward to meet you back in Sicily in the future!
    Written September 12, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Anne Marie T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2023 • Couples
    My husband and I took the Taormina tour and Castelmola from Messina. We were met at the cruise port by Discover Messina guides who displayed signs with our names so they was very easy to find. The small group from our cruise traveled in a van which made the narrow, curvy roads manageable for the driver and drop offs were close by our sites. Our guide, “Margarita,” was so dedicated to making our excursion so enjoyable and memorable. She provided history as well as recommendations for the best gelato, food and sites. The two towns were beautiful with amazing views. We had ample time at each stop to shop, eat and browse on our own after the guided tour and history which “Margarita,” provided. The driver and guide worked so well to accommodate everyone’s need.
    Written September 24, 2023
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    nick m
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Family
    This trip was amazing the guide was so awesome and explained everything we wanted to know. She was very clear on when to meet back and she even gave us the option to free roam or follow her while she shows us things and talks about them all. She also made everybody laugh a little and feel safe also. Driver was very very good the roads are a little narrow and I was very impressed with the skills of the driver
    Written March 12, 2024
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    Dear Nick Thank you very much for your precious feedback. It was a pleasure meeting you all and I hope I will be able to share more about my island and its beauty. Have a wonderful holiday in France and please send my greetings to Mia!
    Written March 13, 2024
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    slnoble
    Las Vegas, NV8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022 • Family
    My family and I enjoyed the tour. I think our tour guide, Sara, made it the best. She was very aware of everyone's interests and mobility issues. She pointed out things to do and took extra time with those who wanted to do extra. Having a smaller tour group allowed us to have free time to explore as needed. We didn't feel rushed at all.
    Written November 18, 2022
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    Karolina H
    Heredia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023 • Couples
    This tour was excellent, we had great communication from the tour operator even before it had started to coordinate the pickup and other questions, and while on the tour our guide Sofia was wonderful! She had a lot of knowledge of the area, provided great insight and recommendations and even helped us try to sort an unrelated issue for another tour we had. The places we visited were beautiful and full of history and one of the highlights of our entire trip. I would definitely recommend this tour.
    Written May 30, 2023
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    keith
    Walton, NY5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The guide was informative and knowledgeable but she was a tat bit difficult to understand and initially she made a poor attempt to display her name list. I had to intervene and hold up the sign in order to get our last five people to join our group. The areas we visited were more based on eating and shopping. Some info was given about the history while in the small towns. She gave us plenty of history on the bus.
    Written October 13, 2022
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    PAGbeach2
    St. Pete Beach, FL27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Couples
    We arrived in Messina via cruise ship and we always look to avoid the bus ship excursions to get higher quality experiences. In booking this Castelmola and Taormina tour, we were under the impression we would travel as part of a group in a passenger van. But were were loaded onto a large bus, so that was disappointing. Beyond that, the guides and driver were skilled and nice. The 2 villages were lovely and we would have loved a bit more time at both places.
    Written November 16, 2023
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    Candys B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour guide Sara was an amazing and knowledgeable ambassador of the region. She pointed out all the highlights along our journey to Taormina and gave us the history of the various sites. The tour was well paced with the right amount of personal time to try local food fare including the delicious arancini and cannoli. Truly amazing. The tour also included the Greek theatre and stop at Castelmola. Both were great additions. This tour was great value for money! The size of the group was a just right.
    Written March 17, 2024
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    Dear Candys, Thank you so much for your words! It was truly a pleasure being your tour guide and I hope I left you with the desire to come back to Sicily very soon! I look forward to meeting you again! Warmest regards,
    Written March 18, 2024
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