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Day tour: Taormina walking tour with Greek Theatre and Castelmola from Messina

(5 Reviews)
  • 7 Hours
  • Max People: 20
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 01’ - Dec 31'
  • Min People: 4
  • Pickup: Cruise port or accommodation

Taormina walking tour with Greek Theater is one of the most requested Sicily day tours among our Messina shore excursions and tours from Messina port. It will let you experience the history of one of the Sicilian Greek colonies and its astonishing ancient Theatre.

The day tour starts with a visit to Castelmola Sicily, a picturesque village situated just above Taormina. This tiny town is the perfect place to enjoy a beautiful setting and a wonderful outlook over the magnificent bay of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna rising in the distance. Then our journey continues with a Taormina walking tour, seeing the Aragonese style Porta Catania before a guided tour along the Corso Umberto, once part of the ancient Roman street Via Valeria. Stroll along this pretty, traffic-free street and enjoy a Taormina walking tour to the oldest churches and monuments of the town, as well as the most exclusive shops and restaurants. Taste some typical Sicilian specialties and sweets at pastry and ice cream shops. The Taormina walking tour will end with the highlight: the ancient theatre of Taormina, the second-largest in Sicily, built by Greeks and Romans in the 3rd century BC, the seat of many cultural events every year, and location of the G7 Summit in May 2017


Departure & Return Location

Messina Cruise port (Google Map)

Discover Messina Office

Hotel / B&B

Languages Offered

English, Italian, Spanish, Romanian

Additional information:

We believe the boundaries are made to be broken and we have the desire to lead all our guests to the discovery of our destinations.
Our minivan enabled for people with special needs, equipped with a lifting platform will facilitate the visit of important landmarks enjoying wonderful landscapes and views, and learning about their past.

Price Includes

  • Transfer by A/C van or bus from a location to other
  • Professional guide
  • Ticket the to Greek Roman theatre
  • Live commentary on board
  • Treats and bottled water on the board of the bus
  • Discover Messina Travel Assistance
  • Liability Insurance

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • What is not being specified in “Included in the price”


  • Sunscreen
  • Light shoes, comfortable clothing, a hat
  • Identity card
  • Camera and video camera
  • Cash and credit card
What to Expect

Discover Messina Sicily thinks that your time is valuable. Our attentive staff is here to help and guide you at any moment and through all the stages of your experience in Sicily: before, during, and after your journey, hoping to see you back in our land in the near future.

With us, local and professional tour guides you will be able to experience and understand Sicily from a different perspective, with small-medium groups of visitors and getting answers and curiosities that only an insider can provide. So, what to expect from this experience?

  • Small-medium tours, Higher Quality
  • Certified tour operator
  • Professional local tour guides
  • Unique experiences

Departure from Messina Cruise Port

As our other tours from Messina, the Taormina walking tour & Greek theatre starts from Messina Cruise Port or from Travel Agency Discover Messina Sicily, located in the city center. On request, a departure from your accommodation located in Messina area.


We are going to have a panoramic tour by bus of the city crossing 1st September Street, the Court of Justice, Cathedral Square with the Astronomical Clock and the Orion Fountain, Antonello Square with Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, Mazzini Garden, Saint Francis’ Church, Palace of Culture.

Castelmola Sicily

The first stop of our Taormina walking tour & Greek theatre is the beautiful village of Castelmola Sicily. Here we will spend about 1 hour visiting this medieval village where you will enjoy Piazza Sant’Antonio, the Cathedral, and the Castle, then our tour guide will let you taste the traditional almond wine in a local cafè.

Taormina tour and the ancient theatre of Taormina

During a guided Taormina walking tour in the main street Corso Umberto, you will visit Porta Catania and Porta Messina, the Cathedral of Taormina, April IX Square, and the clock tower, Corvaja Palace. Then you will be fascinated by the ancient theatre of Taormina, a masterpiece realized by Greeks and Roman in the beautiful panoramic scenery. At the end of the guided visit, you will have enough free time to visit the exclusive shops or to have lunch.

Return to Messina Cruise Port

The day tour will end at the starting point. We share a goodbye, hoping to meet our guests back in Sicily soon.

What to Buy

To live in the best way possible for your experience in Sicily purchase the DISCOVER MESSINA SICILY kit. Besides the gadgets, you will have also our backpack for your tour and also a hat that will protect you from the sun.
Book now and you will receive it at the moment of your tour departure.


What is the driving time from/to Messina in this tour?

The distance from Messina till Taormina is almost 55 km and the duration is almost 45-50 minutes. 

Is this tour shared or private?

This tour is shared.  There is the possibility of purchasing a private tour with the payment of an extra fee. 

For further information check the Private Tours page. 

Is the entrance ticket of the Greek-roman theatre included in the price of this tour?

Yes, the entrance ticket and the visit to the Greek-roman theatre is included in the price of this tour.

How much free-time available this tour includes?

The free time included in this tour is almost 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Is the walking tour in Taormina and Castelmola mandatory?

No, the walking tour once in Taormina and Castelmola is not mandatory. 

5 Reviews
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Ashley P

Family Traveller

We stopped in Messina as one of our cruise ship stops. We booked the taromina and castaloma tour as we had heard taromina was lovely. The tour guides were easy to find right off of the ship and our tour guide Katia was great. She gave us italian cookies and water, provided great information, and was extremely helpful. We asked how to get to certain areas and she even offered to take us there. She was very friendly and the best tour guide we had all trip!

She also informed us that this tour company was run by young women which I really enjoyed and was glad I supported this company. The tour was great and we really enjoyed our day. There wasn’t too much to see in castelmola but it was a cool spot ontop of a mountain, as someone who is scared of heights it was a bit of a challenge for me but I enjoyed all of it none the less.

I would highly recommend.

December 15, 2019

Robyn M

Couple Traveller

Terrific day!
We thought our guide & driver did an excellent job! The views were fabulous & our guide was knowledgeable & fun. They picked us up at the port from our ship & took a small group on a terrific tour! We’re so glad we did this tour! Taormina was my husbands favorite!

November 17, 2019


Group Traveller

Beautiful Views
We really enjoyed this tour! We got to see both cities and the Ancient Theater of Taormina. The views were wonderful and we even got to see Mt. Etna. When we were on the bus, the tour guide Mariarita gave everyone a delicious pistachio cookie from a local bakery. We liked them so much that we purchased some to take home when we got back to port. At Castelmola, we got to taste some complementary almond wine and we purchased delicious cannoli and gelato.

September 19, 2019

Alan G

Group Traveller

Excellent. Friendly, Professional, Helpful. Informative.
This was a day tour from the Cruise Terminal. Deborah, friendly, with a sense of humour, great knowledge was the ideal guide. Thanks for that. It is an enjoyable trip, scenic, not overburdened with too much to see and you could get a flavour of the people and way of life. Some small interesting churches plus the ancient Greek theatre
Buses were new, very comfortable, bonus was an awesome driver.
Sound system should be tweaked and logistics of departure from port looked at.
Would use this company again and especially the guides we had.

July 23, 2019

Veronica William

Group Traveller

Girls trip
Wonder day. Tour guide Chiara was excellent. She was very informative, friendly, and answered all of our questions. We had two walking tours and time in each place to wat and shop. We ate everything Chiara suggested. Loves the pizza Norma and the rice bowl with meat.

April 10, 2019