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Castelmola And Etna Winery

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Take a scenic drive along the picturesque Ionian coast while your guide introduces you to the history of Sicily before you reach Castelmola. Visit this small, charming village before continuing to a local winery.

After arriving to beautiful Messina, you will meet your local, professional and knowledgeable tour guide and together start a full-day adventure that includes culture, art, food and wine, the perfect mix for a relaxed and educational experience.

Starting from Messina, learn of the importance of Sicily's third largest city as you begin your comfortable drive out of town listening to your guide. After approximately 1-hour of driving you will discover your first destination for the day, enchanting Castelmola.

This village with deep roots in the ancient past resides 500 meters above sea level and will immediately overwhelm you with its spectacular position located on a huge rock, watching over nearby Taormina with breathtaking views and ancient buildings. Start your guided walk by first discovering the main square of Piazza Sant'Antonio and Saint Giorgio's Church. Follow the narrow and medieval streets that will lead to the wonderful terrace in front of the Church of Saint Niccolo di Bari as you browse the shops and boutiques for possible souvenirs. From here you can admire the splendor of Mt. Etna and the bay of Giardini Naxos.

After your visit here, continue towards the northern side of the most active volcano in Europe, Mt. Etna. Stop in a small local winery and immerse yourself in the estate's relaxed atmosphere and soak in the panoramic views. Learn how volcanic soil helps create wines with intense flavors as you taste a variety of wines paired with delicious local snacks. Wine production in Sicily dates to 800 BC, longer than France and even the rest of Italy.

Leaving the winery, you will make your way back to Messina where before reaching the pier area you will make one last stop for a delectable and traditional "sweet" moment at one of the best patisseries in the city. Taste the real Sicilian cannoli with fresh ricotta cream and flavored with lemon or orange, what could be better to round out this day's adventure?

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $139.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
7 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Snacks, Beverages (Salami, olives, cheese, bruschetta, pasta, dessert; wine: three types of wine from the local winery. Cannoli tasting.)
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes. We also suggest a windproof jacket, hat, scarf, sunscreen and sunglasses.
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation and walk on even and uneven surfaces. Guests must be of legal drinking age to consume alcohol. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.