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From Tropea: Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari Guided Day Tour

1. From Tropea: Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari Guided Day Tour

The Aeolian Islands are natural wonders to be discovered and the best way to do it is undoubtedly by boat. Take part in a mini-cruise to the Aeolian Islands to get an overview of these splendid islands, each one different from the others, and in just one day, you will be able to grasp the peculiarities of each island. Wind and sun have forged the character and identity of the islanders. A sea still full of fish and clean, caves and very high cliffs, stacks, and beaches with fine black sand, solfataras and mountains of white pumice, and all the charm of the island's environments. Despite the vicissitudes of history and the changes imposed by the modern world, this identity has survived with its customs and traditions. The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, north of the Sicilian coast, in the province of Messina, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Seven islands of volcanic origin some of which there is still a fair amount of volcanic activity. The largest island is Lipari, followed by Salina. The smallest, Panarea, is also the most exclusive island, preferred by VIPs. Stromboli, thanks to the intense volcanic activity of "Iddu" has seen a strong increase in tourism in recent years. Vulcano remains a very popular island both for the spa and for the tourist attractions. Finally, Filicudi and Alicudi, west of the archipelago and close to Palermo, are the islands for lovers of nature and tranquility. Alicudi does not circulate vehicles and is characterized by a wild and uncontaminated territory, ideal for a perfect Sicilian mix of beach holidays and trekking.

Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

2. Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

During this private tour by comfortable air-conditioned car, you will visit a Sicilian natural phenomenon - Alcantara Gorges National Reserve. This tour is private - only for your party, nobody else, to ensure the highest standards for clients, and includes pickup and drop-off at your accommodation or the port in Taormina, Catania, or Messina. Several thousand years ago, the river Alcantara's bed was blocked by a lava flow from Mount Etna. As the lava was cooled much more quickly by the water than it would have done otherwise, it crystallized in the form of columns. Over the next millennia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, resulting in impressive gorges and ravines. During this private tour to Gole Alcantara, you will visit the Alcantara park relaxation area. Your friendly private English-speaking guide will explain to you about the origins of this natural phenomenon, about Etna, and Sicily itself. After this refreshing experience, your guide will chauffeur you to the charming seaside town of Giardini Naxos - the first Greek colony in Sicily. You will visit one of the best wine bars and have a delicious and hearty food and wine tasting. You will taste different types of Sicilian Etna DOC red and white wines with locally produced organic food - cheeses, salami, prosciutto, bresaola, olives, mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh bread.

Cesarò: Full Day Tour of Nebrodi Park in a 4x4

3. Cesarò: Full Day Tour of Nebrodi Park in a 4x4

We will meet at Portella Femmina Morta near Cesarò, one of the towns located inside the Nebrodi Park. Here you will get on our 4x4 vehicle and start your journey through this lovely wild area. You will discover Mount Soro in our 4x4, the highest peak in the Nebrodi mountains and you will then reach Lake Maulazzo. After taking a break to enjoy the stunning views in the Nebrodi Park, we will then get on the 4x4 again and follow other pathways until one of the biggest lakes in the park, Biviere di Cesarò Lake. During this entertaining drive you might get to spot some black-skinned pigs and Sanfratello horses that typically dwell this part of the Nebrodi Mountains. After admiring this last stunning lake, you will continue your tour in the 4x4 and drive through the Mangalaviti forest, a beechwood, containing mostly secular trees. You will then reach your final destination, the Catafurco waterfall: a 30-metre high drop above the San Basilio stream. Nothing more sensational will conclude your amazing day at the Nebrodi Park before your return to Cesarò.

Messina Shore Excursion: Private Trip to Taormina & Etna

4. Messina Shore Excursion: Private Trip to Taormina & Etna

Experience an unforgettable day climbing one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. Visit one of the pearls of the Mediterranean, Taormina. Disembark at the port of Messina to meet your driver. Begin your private excursion by climbing Mount Etna. It is the highest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. It has also been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013. Be driven up to 1800 meters. From there, explore the Silvestri Craters and its lava-covered slopes. Continue onward to Taormina, perched on a terrace overlooking the sea. Considered the "Lady of the Ionic Coast", it has historically been a destination for celebrities. From this hilltop town, enjoy a splendid landscape, dotted with colorful coves interspersed with Mediterranean scrub and sea. Visit the ancient theatre in Taormina, one of the greatest of the Greek-Roman era, and afterward immerse yourself in the city. Return to the parking area in Taormina to head back to the port of Messina with your driver.

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based on 39 reviews

Hello, we really want to thank and congratulate Manuele, our guide who took care of our transportation to the activity. He was super nice, considerate and patient. He kept our things and waited for us for 4 hours without ever showing the slightest impatience. In addition, he was able to answer all our questions about Sicily, and other local legends. We also want to thank and congratulate the two body rafting guides who are real pros, attentive, considerate, responsive and adorable. Being guided in this magical place by such people really made the excursion unforgettable. ❤️

It was a beautiful trip to Alcantara. Our guide, Nino was terrific. We also very much enjoyed the wine tasting and antipasti platter. The Sommalier, Antonia was so friendly, knowledgeable and made the visit a lot of fun! Beautiful restaurant.

the body rafting was more canioning with several jumps, and quite short. It was a lot of fun, but you have to be free from giddiness. Sometimes they didn't wait for the whole group to explain. The guide and lunch were great.

We took a private tour to the Alcantara Gorges with our guide Rafael. Rafael was amazing and our conversation was as great as the Gorges themselves. Highly recommend the tour but also the guide!

We had a lovely day with a great guide, nice food and a lot of action ☺️