Things to do in Castelmola

Our most recommended things to do in Castelmola

From Catania: Guided Tour of Taormina and Castelmola

1. From Catania: Guided Tour of Taormina and Castelmola

The tour starts in Taormina, known as "the Pearl of the Ionian sea", which is one of the first Greek colony on the east coast of Sicily. The beautiful centre is characterized by both Baroque and Medieval style, which make it a unique and rare town. By walking through the main street, Corso Umberto, you will grasp the true essence of this old town : the ancient roman Naumachia, the baroque and medieval styles of Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Corvaja and Piazza IX Aprile. Along the path , there is The Ancient Greek Theatre which is possibile to visit on your own and get amazed by its impressive view : Etna and the ionian coast. The next step is Castelmola : a medieval village situated above Taormina. This village is recognized as part of the Italian cultural heritage where its medieval atmosphere will bring you back to the past. Walking along the alleys there is a small road climbs up to the remains of the Castle of Mola, which was once a fortress that, from the top of its elevation, controlled a vast territory from enemy raids. Descending from the ruins of the castle, along the way, there are various churches among which the Cathedral dedicated to San Nicola di Bari and the church of San Giorgio which is also the protector of the town stand out. In the main square of this lovely village, there is the chance to enjoy the fantastic sea-view tasting the typical almond liquor at the excentric "Bar Turrisi".

Taormina, Savoca, and Castelmola Guided Transfer

2. Taormina, Savoca, and Castelmola Guided Transfer

Be picked up from your local accomodation by a comfortable 8 seat vehicle which will then take you to the first stop, Savoca, a characteristic medieval town. There, visit one of the fascinating catacombs of the Cappuccini convent which hosts the mummified bodies of monks and nobles from Savoca. Next, visit bar Vitelli, famously known as the bar from the film "The Godfather", where you can taste delicious Sicilian granita and look at photos which were taken during the shooting of the film. Then, travel to the second town on the tour, the majestic Taormina. Visit the Greek Theatre, or one of the major ancient sites in Sicily which offers a unique panoramic view of the sea and Mount Etna. Walking along Corso Umberto, you can also visit the Cathedral and enjoy the stunning view of Capo Taormina bay. While in Taormina, enjoy a free snack with a delicious tasting of products from the Sicilian culinary tradition, tavola calda. Eat arancini, pizza, or calzoni, with Sicilian Doc wine. Afterwards, arrive at the final stop, Castelmola, a characteristic medieval suburb suspended between the sky and the sea. Enjoy a fantastic view of Etna on one side and the Ionian sea on the other, then, from Sant’Antonio square, begin your walk through the alleys. Around the small streets, it’s possible to see quaint shops that sell souvenirs, laces, and embroideries made by locals women.  Finally, visit Bar Turrisi for a coffee or some almond wine, a typical Sicilian dessert wine.

From Catania: Guided Godfather Tour with Taormina Visit

3. From Catania: Guided Godfather Tour with Taormina Visit

Visit the villages that created the set for the Godfather on this guided tour from Catania. Discover Savoca's Bar Vitelli, see the church where the wedding took place, and marvel at the famous Durazzesco Arch in Forza D'Agrò. Meet your driver outside your hotel in Catania and head towards Savoca, one of Sicily's most picturesque villages of Sicily, and the filming location for many Godfather scenes. After arriving in Savoca, visit Bar Vitelli at the village entrance. See where Michael Corleone asks for Apollonia's hand in marriage and enjoy a refreshing lemon granita. Stroll along the village's narrow streets to reach the historic town center Stop to see the Church of San Nicolò (or Santa Lucia), where the famous wedding was filmed in the movie. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Sicilian countryside before heading to Forza D'Agrò, a famous medieval village featured prominently in the film. Begin in the historic town square and climb a staircase to reach the famous Durazzesco Arch. Continue to visit the churchyard of the Church of the Holy Trinity, also known as the Church of Sant 'Agostino, where several movie scenes take place. Next, head to your final stop, Taormina. Enjoy some free time to explore this picturesque city. Stroll along the elegant main street, Corso Umberto. Stop to take in the sights and do some shopping in exclusive stores and local craft shops before returning to Catania.

From Catania: Day Trip to Giardini Naxos and Taormina

4. From Catania: Day Trip to Giardini Naxos and Taormina

Discover some of Sicily’s most stunning villages: Giardini Naxos, Castelmola, and Taormina. Travel along the island’s eastern coast, and visit the scenic Isola Bella and taking in the spectacular vistas of Castelmola and Taormina. Start the tour by visiting the seaside town of Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily and an ancient fishing village. Take the opportunity to enjoy walking along its beautiful promenade.  Next, take a short break to enjoy the Isola Bella Natural Reserve, considered the pearl of the Ionian Sea for its wild beauty. The high walls around Cape St. Andrew protect this famous bay and are home to the Blue Grotto and Cape Taormina.  From Isola Bella continue your tour to scenic Castelmola and walk through the characteristic streets of this ancient town, admiring the ruins of its Norman walls. Once there, discover Piazza Duomo, with its Mother Church, rebuilt between 1934 and 1935 and dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari. After that, gaze upon the Sicilian landscape and Mediterranean sea through the Ancient Roman Arch. Finally, visit picturesque Taormina overlooking the sea. Wander along Corso Umberto and observe its most important monuments like the Ancient Theatre, Palazzo Corvaja, and the Clock Tower. Wrap up by indulging in some shopping in the fashionable characteristic craft shops of the city.

From Taormina: Siracusa & Noto Small-Group Tour

5. From Taormina: Siracusa & Noto Small-Group Tour

Start your day at 8:00 AM with a pickup from the pre-arranged meeting point in Taormina. Once you have enjoyed a pleasant meet-and-greet with your driver, head to Syracuse, taking in all the sights along the way.  Your first stop of the day will be the archaeological park of the Neapolis. Here, you'll be able to admire the site's Greek and Roman heritage by witnessing landmarks such as the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysius and the Latomie. Afterwards, you will move to the lovely Ortigia Island, the historical centre of Syracuse which is connected to the city by a short bridge. Here, you will walk through the alleys and the squares of the old town discovering its landmarks, starting from the ruins of the temple of Apollo, to the Cathedral and the Arethusa Fountain. During your visit of Ortigia, a light lunch with local products will be offered; alternatively, you could decide to have lunch on your own. The last stop of your day will be Noto, which is considered the capital of the Sicilian Baroque. You will have 1-hour to visit the historical centre of the city by your self before enjoying your relaxing car ride back to Taormina by 7:00 - 7:30 PM.

Catania: Giardini, Taormina, and Castelmola Day Trip

6. Catania: Giardini, Taormina, and Castelmola Day Trip

Following your collection from the meeting point, your tour starts with a visit of Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily. After enjoying the beauty of Giardini Naxos, continue on driving to the enchanting village of Castelmola. From Castelmola you can enjoy amazing views of both Giardini Naxos Bay and Mount Etna. After this viewpoint, travel on to the beautiful town of Taormina where you stop in one of the most famous Sicilian Locations. Following a brief visit to the town and the visit to the “Beautiful Island” Natural Park Beach, your guide returns you back to Catania.

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

7. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

Sicily: Etna, Taormina, Giardini, and Castelmola Day Tour

8. Sicily: Etna, Taormina, Giardini, and Castelmola Day Tour

The customers will today visit the Volcano Etna, rich of fertile farms and amazing views, where there is the possibility of a quck 30 min trekking to reach once of the exint craters in the zone we visit. Who can instead prefer a very light experience, we suggest to take a walk around the rim of the largest craters of this zone. At the end of the visit of the volcabo we drive down to the cost to sroll along the beautiful Bay of Giardini Naxos; after a short driving we reach Taormina and Castelmola, where the customers can enjoy the many attractions these amazing towns offer. In Taormina you can visit the intact 350 b.C greek theatre abd the magnificent Villa Comunale; in Castelmola you can have your lunch or dinner (not included) in a local panoramic sicilian restaurant.

From Siracusa: Guided Tour of Taormina and Isola Bella

9. From Siracusa: Guided Tour of Taormina and Isola Bella

MEETING POINT: SYRACUSE Duration of tour: Departure at 8.00 am - Return at 6.30 pm Departure from Syracuse towards Taormina. Arrival and stop in Castelmola to admire the breathtaking view from the top, you will have time to take pictures from the Belvedere. Small stop for a tasting of the typical locally produced almond wine. Continue to Taormina, where you will meet the local guide who will accompany you throughout the afternoon. The first part of the tour will be dedicated to visiting the historic centre of Taormina, walking along the characteristic narrow streets and elegant squares, going up and down the typical stairs to get to know the highlights of this enchanting place. Starting from Porta Catania, you will visit the Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, the Piazza Duomo with the Norman Cathedral and the Fountain of the Centauressa, symbol of the city of travellers on the Grand Tour and of 'La Dolce Vita'. Continue to Piazza Belvedere and then down to the Naumachie to reach the enchanting Public Garden where the guide will tell you interesting and intriguing stories. You will then continue with a visit to Palazzo Corvaja, the Odeon and the church of Santa Caterina, where you can still admire the remains of the temple of the former Greek city of Tauromenion. Continue to the Ancient Theatre (with guided tour inside - depending on the option chosen). After the visit to the theatre, your guide will leave you some free time for lunch. In the early afternoon, the excursion will continue to the enchanting Isola Bella where you will have the opportunity to take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Taormina beach. Or you can stay in Taormina to do some shopping and then join the rest of the group at Isola Bella by cable car (ticket not included). After this break, you will return to Syracuse and finish your services. Lunch is not included. The entrance ticket to the Theatre is not included and costs € 10 per person. Cable car € 5

Messina: Ionian Coast Private Day Trip with Cannoli Tasting

10. Messina: Ionian Coast Private Day Trip with Cannoli Tasting

First stop in Savoca, an amazing village insert in the list of the most beautiful italian villages, very famous because it was the location of F.F. Coppola “godfather” and also for its marvelous ancient monuments. Second stop Taormina is where we focus first on a balcony from which you can admire the view of Taormina’s cliff with the famous Isola Bella and take very beautiful photos. After 1 or 2 hours spent at the discretion of the customer you reach Castelmola 450 m above sea level, with splendid views over the bay of Giardini Naxos with a unique view of the Etna volcano 3330m high, the largest active volcano in Europe. For those who want to have lunch while admiring the beautiful view of the Volcano. It returned to Messina making a quick stop on a vantage point of Messina where stands a monument / Mausoleum with bronze statues (Sanctuary of Christ the King). Then we stop in Messina’s cathedral, where stands the largest astronomical and astrological clock world.

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What people are saying about Castelmola

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Punctual pick-up at the corner of our accommodation. Only another couple and us, the guide, Dario, charming, knowledgeable about the history, customs and charms of the tour, very entertaining, we stopped to try typical things in typical places, we had free time to do our private tour with all kinds of explanations and support material. We had a picnic with Sicilian food and wine!

This was a great day-trip to take from Catania. Our driver, Luigi, went out of his way to create a great experience for our nice, small group. He also had a picknick already prepared with yummy Sicilian delights and local wine for lunch (a great view of Mt. Etna included).

Excellent excursion with a guide who walks with us and gives us all the appropriate information and as in Taormina he did not have the possibility to come with us, he took the time to give us a map of the place with the things to visit . A great experience, well done

I loved getting to know the places where they filmed and getting to know Taormina. The guide Simone was excellent, friendly, he told us about the history of Catania, it was a very fun ride thanks to him.

We really enjoyed ourselves and Dario was great. He told us a lot about the history regarding the places that we visited. We gladly recommend it!!