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Review of Legendary Sicily

Legendary Sicily
Ranked #7 of 35 Tours in Taormina
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Owner description: Legendary Sicily offers daily tours to Mt Etna in Sicily. Etna Alcantara off road & Trekking is one of our most popular tour. We drive across several lava flow by 4wd jeep. A first trekking to visit the Bove Valley, one of the most important geological site of Mt Etna. We will visit a lava tube or lava cave originated by ancient lava flows. Our main Trekking along the rift of the eruption of 2002 which destroyed the sky station Piano Provenzana. The tour continues across the Linguaglossa Pinewood to reach the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia. Finally we visit the Alcantara Gorges with their fantastic columns of Basalt. Return to the Taormina. Other Tours are Pantalica Bronze Age Necropolis, Vendicari Flamingos Lakes, Cassibile Canyon River Trekking. Hors riding on Mt Etna. Diving and Snorkeling at Isola Bella (Taormina)
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We got a taxi to taormina from Messina where our cruise ship was docked. It is a fantastic place with wonderful views of Etna and the coast.
The ancient greek amphitheatre is very busy and has an entry fee.
We found a beautiful hotel just below the theatre and enjoyed a relaxing drink and wonderful views from the terrace.

1  Thank Keith S
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

We booked with Eddy of Legendary Tours for an Off-Road Etna Alcantara jeep excursion. Eddy was unable to escort us and sent another guide, Alfio, to pick us up at our hotel in Taormina. We met up with fellow guide Francesco and the people in his jeep and the six of us (plus guides) had a marvelous adventure. Mt. Etna had been active a few days before we got there, so there was much lava rock on the roads and around the towns. On the way to Mt. Etna, we stopped at various sites and learned about previous volcano eruptions, and also stopped by the destroyed ski station of Piano Provenzana which had a significant eruption in 2002. They are currently rebuilding the site, but not in the scale it once was. Anyway, our guides were terrific and they suggested we stop for lunch at this farmhouse and have a home cooked meal served family style. We absolutely loved the food, enjoyed getting to know the people we met on the tour - ate too much, as usual - and would recommend this off-road tour.

1  Thank beemorr
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

This is one place in Sicily not to be missed. It is steeped in history with the impressive Greek theatre. The public gardens designed by an English lady are amazing. What a joy to visit the small Anglican church where so many famous people have worshipped. It is just a beautiful and magical place.

1  Thank IStephano
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Taormina is built on a spectacular rocky plateau 250 metres above the surrounding countryside on the east coast of the island of Sicily.

Looking up towards the city from the east coast, the city appears incongruous, with sheer cliffs rising to a crowd of stone buildings perched on the top.

The most imposing ancient ruin in Taormina is a Roman amphitheatre which seats 10,000 people, built of brick and stone, with a curved walkway around the outside and a main stage which have remained almost intact.

The narrow flagstone village streets now bustle with crowds of tourists visiting the antique shops, restaurants, ice-cream shops and tourist shops along the main streets.

The first human settlements were built here before 700BC and the strategic vantage point overlooking the Strait of Messina and south towards Mount Etna has been highly prized by rulers who used it as the foundation for a fortress.

After a succession of rulers in ancient times, the Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish and French took control.

By the 19th century, Taormina had established a reputation as a destination for painters capturing the spectacular views of the coastline and countryside, for writers enchanted by the landscape and later as a tourist destination.

Famous writers who visited include D H Lawrence, who wrote novels and a travel diary here, and Evelyn Waugh.

On the day we drove to Taormina, we climbed the steep narrow roads, passing the entry to the parking station and driving into the town until the roads became too narrow for cars. Once we had escaped we retraced our path to the parking station entrance at the base of the cliff.

From there we took a lift seven storeys up to ground level in the town. We made our way through a stone archway and along the main street, passing a wedding party and continuing on to the amphitheatre.

We had 45 minutes to look around which was ample time to walk around the main arena and sit in the amphitheatre imagining the performances that would have appeared here over thousands of years. As we left it was almost dusk and the late afternoon sunshine lit up the stones giving them a warm golden glow.

Thank Amanda G
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Taormina is a beautiful mix of sea and volcano views, ruins from the ancient Greeks, incredible shopping and eating establishments with fantastic pastries. The winding road to the hidden city is a hint of what you will find. We walked and enjoyed almost every store and shop as the variety was unexpected but very distinctive. Our hotel was literally on the side of a mountain overlooking the beach and sea! The locals were very polite and facilitated our curiousity. This town is fun, relaxing, a peaceful and beautiful getaway. We were with our family and joined by several friends for a surprise birthday. What a joy to get together, walk a short distance up to the hidden town with such a variety of clean and unique stores. Stopping for an expresso and pastry was a routine quickly adopted by all of us! We will return and have suggested this as a unique vacation spot. One of the best places in Europe for those who love sights, the sea and wonderful shopping.

Thank Alex P
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