Departing from the pier at 8am with our English speaking driver, driving along the scenic road that winds around the slopes of the mountain, passing the town of Giarre and the village of Zafferana you will arrive at Cratere Silvestri at about 6.000 feet on the sea level.
To ancient Greeks, Mount Etna was the realm of the Vulcan god of fire. At approx. 3.350 m it is Europe’s highest and one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The height of its summit changes with each eruption, and over the centuries a few lava flows have reached the coast. During the 20th Century eruptions occurred frequently both from the four live craters at the summit and on the slopes of the volcano that are littered with crevices and old craters.
It is monitored by 115 seismic activity stations spread around the mountain and it is under constant satellite surveillance. Previous eruptions have devastated Catania with the lava reaching the sea on several occasions. Continue with the drive to Taormina, Sicily’s most picturesque town and best known resort located on the terrace of Mt. Tauro.
Since the end of the 19th Century, Taormina has become a world famous international resort whose visitors are, time after time, captured by its charming atmosphere, its natural un spoilt beauty, it’s all year round mild climate, its preservation of local culture, ancient history and its perfect modern organization.
Visit Ancient theatre built by the Greeks and enlarged by the Romans. From here enjoy beautiful views of the bay of Naxos coast and Mount Etna. Continue to Palazzo Corvaja the most important medieval mansion in the city that presents Arab, gothic and Norman features.
After some time at leisure return to the pier by 5pm.