Taormina (Messina) Mount Etna Excursion Reviews
Worth the price to see - very other-worldly. You can walk around a crater!
Catania The actual port in which we docked was Catania, Sicily
We took a 4x4 tour up mount Etna. In all there were 12 of us in 3 vehicles with one guide in the lead vehicle linked by radio to the others. It was fascinating to see the lava flows, both the ancient ones and more modern. It was very windy and the surface underfoot full of cinder. Definitely a trip for walking shoes and a hat. We hiked to and from parking places, including to the lip of a caldera and a spot of rappelling down a lava tube. Nothing too heavy - should be easy if you are averagely fit.
The stop of lunch at a family run tavern was spectacular. Even with the sudden surprise that one of the party was vegetarian the kitchen coped brilliantly. The food was rustic Sicilian and a massive hit with everyone.
This isn't a cheap excursion - but it is great value for money and we would highly recommend it.
More stunning scenery, a fascinating ride through the locality to a point higher anywhere in Britain but still nowhere near the top. really interesting tour, with a delicious local delicacy, We ended with an authentic pizza, and a bottle of my favourite, Nero D'Avola, on the island it comes from!
My son and I did the Mt Etna and Winery tour from Carnival. The rest of our group took a taxi to Taormina. They walked around town, shopped a bit and then came back to the ship. We went out to Mt Etna which is an active volcano, erupting approximately every two months. Thebus stopped at an overview where we got some nice pictures of the smoke coming from the volcano and then we went to an area of "dead craters" where we had time to walk around.
Well worth the expense- a great lunch was included and the volcano was amazing.
Our tour was arranged through a private company. Our driver was very personable and enjoyable to listen to. We were picked up in Messina where our ship doced and we started with Mt. Etna and ended up having lunch in Taormina. Wonderful little beach resort town.