Taormina (Messina) City Tour Excursion Reviews

The face of Sicily in The Godfather, there is a lot more to this beautiful and charming town than a few scenes in a popular movie. Past residents have included such noteworthy minds as D. H. Lawrence, Truman Capote, and Halldór Laxness.
Treasures of Messina tour.
Treasures of Messina tour. Awesome female guide, loveliest lady. Due to it being a Sunday there was very little traffic, so we got to see and learn a lot about the history. Would recommend!
Treasures of Messina tour. Awesome female guide, loveliest lady. Due to it being a Sunday there was very little traffic, so we got to see and learn a lot about the history. Would recommend! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Tour of Messina it was pretty good, nothing spectacular.
Tour of Messina it was pretty good, nothing spectacular.
Tour of Messina it was pretty good, nothing spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We had a tour of Taromina including the colosseum and free time.
We had a tour of Taromina including the colosseum and free time. Taromina is beautiful although it very extremely crowded. The only downside was our tour guide - there was an accident on the road into Taromina which resulted in our bus ... Read More
We had a tour of Taromina including the colosseum and free time. Taromina is beautiful although it very extremely crowded. The only downside was our tour guide - there was an accident on the road into Taromina which resulted in our bus having to enter by a different road. For some reason this completely through our guide off her game - she became rather cranky and impatient. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We took an hour bus ride to Taormina from the port.
We took an hour bus ride to Taormina from the port. The guide was very informative although a little difficult to understand at times. We had a good time walking around on our own in the city after the tour ended.
We took an hour bus ride to Taormina from the port. The guide was very informative although a little difficult to understand at times. We had a good time walking around on our own in the city after the tour ended. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Church mechanical clock is the highlight.
Church mechanical clock is the highlight. Swordfish at restaurant excellent
Church mechanical clock is the highlight. Swordfish at restaurant excellent Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Very good tour guide.
Very good tour guide.
Very good tour guide. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Could have had a better courier, she was not very interesting about where we were travelling ...
Could have had a better courier, she was not very interesting about where we were travelling through. The best part was the visit to the museum where the guide was excellent and made it a great visit
Could have had a better courier, she was not very interesting about where we were travelling through. The best part was the visit to the museum where the guide was excellent and made it a great visit Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We booked a tour through the line that took us to Taormina, The Lava River outside of Zafferana ...
We booked a tour through the line that took us to Taormina, The Lava River outside of Zafferana that almost destroyed the town in 1992, and then to a winery near Mt. Etna. Taormina was the most amazing little town and we just loved every ... Read More
We booked a tour through the line that took us to Taormina, The Lava River outside of Zafferana that almost destroyed the town in 1992, and then to a winery near Mt. Etna. Taormina was the most amazing little town and we just loved every step. The people, the views, the shops, THE ESPRESSO!! OMG!! It was amazing. Our guide was great, describing the whole town on the ride up and then set us free to roam around. Then we got back on the bus to head for the Lava River! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I have never seen rain come down like this.
I have never seen rain come down like this. The drive up was very very scenic and rather scary especially considering you were going hairpin turns is beside me
I have never seen rain come down like this. The drive up was very very scenic and rather scary especially considering you were going hairpin turns is beside me Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We took the 1/2 day "Highlights of Taormina" excursion offered by Oceania.
We took the 1/2 day "Highlights of Taormina" excursion offered by Oceania. Taormina is a beautiful city and we enjoyed both the guided portion of our excursion, in the Greek Theatre, and the free time we had to walk around the ... Read More
We took the 1/2 day "Highlights of Taormina" excursion offered by Oceania. Taormina is a beautiful city and we enjoyed both the guided portion of our excursion, in the Greek Theatre, and the free time we had to walk around the city ourselves. The weather did not cooperate so the views in some instances were limited but that also meant very few people out & about, which was nice. We thought Taormina was charming and we would like to see more of Sicily when we have a chance. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Coach tour just what we wanted
Coach tour just what we wanted
Coach tour just what we wanted Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
We loved Taormina and wanted to spend more time there- for example, to have a relaxing lunch in a ...
We loved Taormina and wanted to spend more time there- for example, to have a relaxing lunch in a great bistro, or to see the ancient theatre. Had time for neither.
We loved Taormina and wanted to spend more time there- for example, to have a relaxing lunch in a great bistro, or to see the ancient theatre. Had time for neither. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent but very busy and tour guide not always audible
Excellent but very busy and tour guide not always audible
Excellent but very busy and tour guide not always audible Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Over 100 steps up to the castle ruins was not worth the effort.
Over 100 steps up to the castle ruins was not worth the effort. Not much to see there at all. Restaurant for Greek lunch buffet and dancing with Opa and plate smashing was fun but too short in duration.
Over 100 steps up to the castle ruins was not worth the effort. Not much to see there at all. Restaurant for Greek lunch buffet and dancing with Opa and plate smashing was fun but too short in duration. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excursion was called "Lovely Tourmina".
Excursion was called "Lovely Tourmina". Lots of shopping and lots of nice restaurants. Thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Excursion was called "Lovely Tourmina". Lots of shopping and lots of nice restaurants. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Did a Taoromina tour on our own thru the cruiseline.
Did a Taoromina tour on our own thru the cruiseline. another amazing place to see....cannollis were out of this world, locals were friendly. If I go back will try to get to Savoca and the Godfather.
Did a Taoromina tour on our own thru the cruiseline. another amazing place to see....cannollis were out of this world, locals were friendly. If I go back will try to get to Savoca and the Godfather. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Really just driven there and left to see on our own.
Really just driven there and left to see on our own. We went to the Piazza di 9 Aprile and had granita a mandorla and walked from one city gate to the other. I love Taormina, but fortunately had been there before for a couple of days. ... Read More
Really just driven there and left to see on our own. We went to the Piazza di 9 Aprile and had granita a mandorla and walked from one city gate to the other. I love Taormina, but fortunately had been there before for a couple of days. Although Nina was really nice, I expected a guide. We also went to Castelmola which was new to me. Quite a view. Average meal at the restaurant recommended by Nina. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
nothin too exciting.
nothin too exciting. more shopping
nothin too exciting. more shopping Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
I appreciated having an interesting local guide and also having an experienced bus driver to ...
I appreciated having an interesting local guide and also having an experienced bus driver to maneuver us along winding hill side roads. We saw lots of sites, including the clock tour that had been constructed in memory last century's ... Read More
I appreciated having an interesting local guide and also having an experienced bus driver to maneuver us along winding hill side roads. We saw lots of sites, including the clock tour that had been constructed in memory last century's earthquake victims. Thanks for sharing all the sights and insights. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Large, Air conditioned bus.
Large, Air conditioned bus. Took us to all the sites and allowed for plenty of time to take pictures and shop.
Large, Air conditioned bus. Took us to all the sites and allowed for plenty of time to take pictures and shop. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We toured Mt.
We toured Mt. Etena which was completely fogged, and Taormina. The weather cleared in Taormina and we had a nice guided walk through town
We toured Mt. Etena which was completely fogged, and Taormina. The weather cleared in Taormina and we had a nice guided walk through town Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Our guide was hard to understand.
Our guide was hard to understand. We missed thetro Greco thru miscommunication with the guide. She did not seem concerned with potty breaks.
Our guide was hard to understand. We missed thetro Greco thru miscommunication with the guide. She did not seem concerned with potty breaks. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Lovely town other than it poured rain, however been here in the past and it was lovely and sunny.
Lovely town other than it poured rain, however been here in the past and it was lovely and sunny.
Lovely town other than it poured rain, however been here in the past and it was lovely and sunny. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Booked tour entitled Treasures of Messina through Celebrity.
Booked tour entitled Treasures of Messina through Celebrity. Excursion was a complete waste of a day. We toured a church and then spent the rest of the inching through traffic in a gritty city. When we complained to Celebrity they ... Read More
Booked tour entitled Treasures of Messina through Celebrity. Excursion was a complete waste of a day. We toured a church and then spent the rest of the inching through traffic in a gritty city. When we complained to Celebrity they argued that we should have looked at it more closely before booking. There were no offers of a refund. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was a tour of Taormina.
This was a tour of Taormina. It was supposed to be a small group tour, but I don't consider a busload of 25-30 people a small group. The town was packed with tourists and it was difficult to understand our tour guide. What ... Read More
This was a tour of Taormina. It was supposed to be a small group tour, but I don't consider a busload of 25-30 people a small group. The town was packed with tourists and it was difficult to understand our tour guide. What disappointed me the most was that we only had 20 minutes on our own after the tour was done yet the tour got back to the ship 3 hours before sailaway. I don't understand why we couldn't stay another hour or two. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises