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.
I have never seen rain come down like this.
Sail Date: November 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We took the 1/2 day "Highlights of Taormina" excursion offered by Oceania.
Sail Date: October 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Coach tour just what we wanted
Sail Date: October 2018
Coach tour just what we wanted
Coach tour just what we wanted Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
We loved Taormina and wanted to spend more time there- for example, to have a relaxing lunch in a ...
Sail Date: September 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent but very busy and tour guide not always audible
Sail Date: June 2018
Excellent but very busy and tour guide not always audible
Excellent but very busy and tour guide not always audible Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Over 100 steps up to the castle ruins was not worth the effort.
Sail Date: June 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excursion was called "Lovely Tourmina".
Sail Date: May 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Did a Taoromina tour on our own thru the cruiseline.
Sail Date: April 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Really just driven there and left to see on our own.
Sail Date: April 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
nothin too exciting.
Sail Date: April 2018
nothin too exciting. more shopping
nothin too exciting. more shopping Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
I appreciated having an interesting local guide and also having an experienced bus driver to ...
Sail Date: April 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Large, Air conditioned bus.
Sail Date: December 2017
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
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We toured Mt.
Sail Date: October 2017
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
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Our guide was hard to understand.
Sail Date: October 2017
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Lovely town other than it poured rain, however been here in the past and it was lovely and sunny.
Sail Date: October 2017
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Booked tour entitled Treasures of Messina through Celebrity.
Sail Date: September 2017
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was a tour of Taormina.
Sail Date: September 2017
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I'm glad we took the tour as it took us to the clock tower in time for the noon display.
Sail Date: September 2017
I'm glad we took the tour as it took us to the clock tower in time for the noon display. The rest of the tour wasn't particularly memorable.
I'm glad we took the tour as it took us to the clock tower in time for the noon display. The rest of the tour wasn't particularly memorable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our tour guide Lana was amazing - her knowledge of history, mythology and pop culture was ...
Sail Date: September 2017
Our tour guide Lana was amazing - her knowledge of history, mythology and pop culture was impressive, PLUS she got us into the Greek Theater when we had been told it was impossible. Weather was perfect, even did some pottery shopping.
Our tour guide Lana was amazing - her knowledge of history, mythology and pop culture was impressive, PLUS she got us into the Greek Theater when we had been told it was impossible. Weather was perfect, even did some pottery shopping. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Taormina was amazing.
Sail Date: August 2017
Taormina was amazing. We did the city and beach tour.
Taormina was amazing. We did the city and beach tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Nice bus tour and then walking tour.
Sail Date: August 2017
Nice bus tour and then walking tour. The tour pace was a bit much for me and I had to drop off before getting to the Greek Theater. The Town was very interesting. Did some shopping, had a brief bite to eat. unique place to visit.
Nice bus tour and then walking tour. The tour pace was a bit much for me and I had to drop off before getting to the Greek Theater. The Town was very interesting. Did some shopping, had a brief bite to eat. unique place to visit. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Little train from square around the town, was ok !
Sail Date: July 2017
Little train from square around the town, was ok !
Little train from square around the town, was ok ! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
One of our favourite tours.
Sail Date: July 2017
One of our favourite tours. We throughly enjoyed visiting the many shops and restaurants in town. It was a very hot, but wonderful day.
One of our favourite tours. We throughly enjoyed visiting the many shops and restaurants in town. It was a very hot, but wonderful day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We were taken by bus to Taormina and then given a walking tour around the town.
Sail Date: June 2017
We were taken by bus to Taormina and then given a walking tour around the town. We also visited the Ancient Greek Theatre which was interesting. We enjoyed the tour.
We were taken by bus to Taormina and then given a walking tour around the town. We also visited the Ancient Greek Theatre which was interesting. We enjoyed the tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The first half of the day was outstanding!
Sail Date: May 2017
The first half of the day was outstanding! Beautiful towns and great information. Then they dump you off at Taormina for 3.5 to 4 hours. This stop should only be 1 hour at the most--especially If you are not a shopper and or don't ... Read More
The first half of the day was outstanding! Beautiful towns and great information. Then they dump you off at Taormina for 3.5 to 4 hours. This stop should only be 1 hour at the most--especially If you are not a shopper and or don't appreciate crowded over priced tourist traps. Shoppers might be in heaven, but the rest of us are in the other place checking our watches and hoping time will speed up. A place to see for a short time only. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line