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98039 Taormina, Province of Messina, Italy


Azamara’s 8-Night Venice & The Amalfi Coast Voyage includes a port call in Taormina on the east coast of Sicily, in the shadow of Mt. Etna. This lovely hilltop town overlooks the sea and is dotted with Baroque buildings.

Azamara’s Land Discoveries cater to a range of interests and abilities. The Beautiful Taormina excursion focuses on the town itself—the Greek theater, Renaissance buildings, and the charming cobblestone streets of its historic neighborhoods, with Mt. Etna in the distance. If you want to get a closer look at the volcano, the Panoramic Sicily excursion includes a visit to the peak. You’ll first pass ancient craters and rivers of petrified stone (a cannoli tasting at a local restaurant will provide sustenance for the adventure). Much of this excursion is at elevations of over a mile high, so anyone prone to altitude sickness may want to skip this one. Short portions of it also involve walking across uneven terrain.

Finally, the Flavors of Taormina Cycling Tour is the most active excursion in this port, though still not too strenuous. A guided tour on a lightweight bicycle will take you along the bays and coves sitting beneath Taormina to Giardini Naxos, a former fishing village whose harbor is today dotted with gleaming yachts. You’ll then leave your bike behind, board a cable car that ascends to Taormina, and reward yourself at the end with a cup of cannolo, the local gelato.

At AFAR Journeys you can learn more about this cruise, as well as eight other Azamara itineraries around the world.