Our party of eight was scheduled to visit Messina as part of our Mediterranean cruise on the Carnival Breeze. In preparation for our visit I looked for a tour of both Taormina and Mt Etna. I found the Sicily Travelnet site on the web, read some reviews, and requested a quote for what we wanted. I was pleased with the quick response, proposed itinerary, and price so we signed up. Unfortunately, a few days into the cruise the weather caused the Captain to cancel our visit to Messina. The cruise folks helped me call and Michele was very inderstanding as we cancelled our trip. Later in the cruise Venice was flooded and we had to skip it which meant we could go to Messina after all. Another call to Michele and we were back in business. So we pulled into Messina on a sunny and clear day and were greeted at the port by our guide Giaccomo. He led us to a beautiful Mercedez small bus/van that was perfect for our group and off we went. As we drove to Taormina, in perfect English he did a marvelous job of explaining the history of the area, its culture, and the sites we were passing. As one of our group had a bad hip he drove us into the center of Taormina and showed us where he would meet us after he parked the vehicle. He then provided a wonderful tour of the city and later took us up to another city that was above it. I have forgotten the name but it was lovely and provided a spectacular view of the area. The size of our van and Giaccomo's skill as a driver allowed this trip - the buses from the cruise ship were too large to go up the narrow road. After our visit we proceeded to Mt. Etna where we ate a late lunch and then walked around one of the smaller of the vents from the volcano. The walk to the largest vent was a little more than we could handle. It was fascinating and Giaccomo did a fabulous job of explaining the landscape and history of the area. A pleasant drive back to the ship where we returned on time and our visit came to an end. Overall it was wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone for quality, service and price. Steve Clark
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