Can anyone suggest some day trips from Taormina using public transport. Thank you in advance.
Yes, you can easily take Interbus to nearby Castelmola, Gardini, or Gole Alcantara.
You could take the train to Santa Teresa di Riva and then the Jonica bus to Savoca.
Where would you like to go?
Thank you for your suggestions! Hopefully we will try some of the things you mentioned. We are staying at the Hotel Bel Soggiorno in Taormina with Thomsons, but as far as possible we like to be independent. We especially like boat trips and the research I have done tells me there are trips going from Taomina.
One place we would like to see is the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Would this be possible from our base using public transport.
Our hotel is on a B&B basis. Do you have any tips on reasonably priced restaurants in Taormina. Thank you!
Yes, although the boats don't depart directly from Taormina, there are excursions that depart from Taormina. Boat day trips are long days with late returns, so excursions are best since transport is included and public transport wouldn't run sufficiently late for your return to Taormina.
The same is true for Agrigento's Valley of the Temples - You would appreciate the excursions, not only for the convenience of transport, but many excursions to Agrigento also include a stop at Piazza Armerina's Villa Romana del Casale.
But if you were to visit Agrugento on your own from Taormina, you would take Interbus to Catania's airport, and then take the SAIS Trasporti bus from the airport to Agrigento, where you would connect to Agrigento's local bus from Agrigento's bus station out to the Valley of the Temples.
There are many good-value dining opportunities in Taormina - Typical local cuisine can be found in Taormina at Osteria Da Rita Di Bille' Sas, Rosso Peperoncino, Arco Rosso, Al Melograno, Trattoria Don Camillo, da Cristina Panificio (take-out, pizza, arancini, foccacia…), as well as Il Barcaiolo in Mazzarò, Al Saraceno between Taormina and Castelmola, and Gallo Cedrone in Castelmola.
Cost of eating out in Taormina:
VagabondaEdited: 18 August 2013, 20:13
My wife and I were in Taormina July 8th to July 12th, 2013. We were on a tour- Andiamo Sicilian Heritage Experience. I highly recommend Andiamo! They guarantee that your tour will go on whether you have two people or twenty five.
Josephina Calderone, our tour director, was exceptional. For most of the tour it was just my wife and I. Each day's excursion included a culinary experience.
We took many excursions from Taormina with her. You do not have to be on the whole tour to join individual parts of the tour. We toured Syracuse, Ortygia Island, the Roman Villa of Casale from Taormina. Andiamo also arranged our tour of Mt. Etna. We then went on to Palermo with them.
Thank you so very much for your report rhowland!
Could you please provide a link and would you consider submitting a review for Andiamo?
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Vagabonda and Rhowland, many thanks for a quick response! We will make sure we take your suggestions with us. This is our first time to Sicily and we always like to find out a little bit about the area prior to visiting. This site and your input is invaluable to travellers everywhere. Many thanks.
Has anyone used Viator Tours from Taormina?
Viator runs tours everywhere!
We took the SAT Etna sunset tour yesterday. Apart from some free time on arriving at the lower reaches which seemed unnecessary, this was a superb trip. You need good footwear and extra jumpers coats etc as the temperature drop with the wind chill factor makes it very cold. It's a vast area and it was an amazing trip. The optional meal was better than we expected - we had really good pizzas and house red wine.
This was a great trip booked from Capotaormina hotel