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Piazza IX Aprile
Piazza IX Aprile

Piazza IX Aprile

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Italy’s public squares come in all shapes and sizes, and some are decidedly more beautiful than others. Taormina’s main square, Piazza IX Aprile, is both popular and gorgeous - which is why it features so prominently in many Taormina photographs.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Piazza IX Aprile is the paving - rather than a simple gray stone surface, the piazza looks a bit like a giant chessboard with its oversized alternating black and white marble squares. The impact is striking, especially on a sunny day.

The ornate Church of St. Joseph, built in the 17th century, overlooks the square, and its bright pink and white facade gleams against the black and white squares. Another building on the piazza is the 15th century St. Augustine, a former church that now serves as Taormina’s library. The passageway in the 12th century clock tower on one side of the piazza leads to the Borgo Medievale, one of Taormina’s oldest districts.

Many streets and piazzas in Italy are named after important dates in Italian history, which is where the name Piazza IX Aprile comes in. Although Giuseppe Garibaldi, a leader in the unification efforts, didn’t actually land on Sicily until early May in 1860, a rumor spread through Taormina on April 9 that Garibaldi had landed at Marsala. The rumor may have been a month early, but the locals still preserve the news of that April date in the name of their main square.

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Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

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Marvel over the geological wonders of Mount Etna, then visit the elegant resort town of Taormina on this action-packed full-day tour from Catania. Soak up the dramatic scenery of Europe’s highest active volcano as you visit the hilltop resort of Rifugio Sapienza; ride the cable car to the 9,514-foot (2,900-meter) peak of Mount Etna (optional) and explore a natural lava cave. Then, cool off with a swim on Isola Bella island, before spending the afternoon enjoying Taormina’s medieval churches, ancient Greek theater, and lively shopping district.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania

Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania

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Visit Sicily’s first Greek colony of Giardini Naxos as well as Isola Bella, Castelmola, and Taormina on a half-day trip from Catania. The 5-hour experience includes a seafront drive alongside Naxos Bay in the history-steeped seaside town of Giardini Naxos, followed by a dip in the sea at Isola Bella. Check out the Mother Church of Castelmola on a walk around its historical center, then visit Taormina to hear its history and shop in its artisanal boutiques.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Mount Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour from Taormina

Mount Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour from Taormina

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Spend a day discovering Europe’s highest active volcano and lava caves on this Mt. Etna tour. As you travel from Taormina or Giardini Naxos, learn all about the infamous Sicilian volcano from a guide. Then, leave the vehicle to trek along the trails of Parco dell’Etna, and visit an intriguing lava cave back at ground level. On your return to Catania, you have time for one last stop at an organic farm where samples of wine and honey await.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.94
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The Godfather Tour from Catania

The Godfather Tour from Catania

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Perfect for movie-buffs and die-hard “Godfather” fans, this walking tour takes you deep into the Sicilian settings of the Francis Ford Coppola classic. You’ll get a first-hand peek at backdrops for the film’s standout scenes. Discover hidden landmarks along the way, like a 15th-century synagogue and Roman-built village centers. Admire spectacular views along the Ionian coast with free time to explore at your own pace.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina

Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina

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Visit Taormina and Castelmola on this tour from Messina. During a quick stop in the village of Castelmola, admire a view of the surrounding Sicilian landscape, including Mt Etna. Then head to Taormina to see sights like Isola Bella and the Greek Theatre. Browse local shops or bars, if you wish, and take a walk along Corso Umberto.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Taormina Walking Tour and Wine Tasting

Private Taormina Walking Tour and Wine Tasting

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Discover Taormina’s historic secrets and modern delights on a 3-hour walking tour of highlights like Palazzo Corvaja, Santa Caterina church and Vicolo Stretto — the narrowest street in town. Gain skip-the-line entry to the ancient Greek theater, which boasts magnificent views of Mt Etna and Giardini Naxos. In the main square of Piazza IX Aprile, rest your feet and refresh with a tasting of unique Mt Etna DOC wines and savory local products at an enoteca.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.17
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Etna and Taormina tour

Etna and Taormina tour

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A whole day to discover places and culture among the splendid and suggestive natural glimpses of the highest active volcano in Europe and the uniqueness of the magnificent town of Taormina, defined and known as the "pearl of the Mediterranean".
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Taormina & Castelmola With Lunch

Taormina & Castelmola With Lunch

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Visit two highlights of eastern Sicily without the hassle of arranging transportation and lunch with this all-inclusive tour of Taormina and Castelmola. Enjoy convenient port pickup in Messina or Giardini Naxos and a guided walk through Taormina’s old town to admire the Greek Theater and other highlights. Stop for a traditional Sicilian lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to the postcard-perfect hill town of Castelmola to take in the views.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.03
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Etna and Taormina Private Tour from Catania

Etna and Taormina Private Tour from Catania

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Experience the natural landscapes of Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, with the benefit of a personal guide. Going with a guide ensures you spot wildlife often missed by visitors and visit secluded locations not found in guidebooks. In addition to round–trip hotel transport, the tour includes a wine tasting and option to visit an ancient Greek amphitheater.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$476.69
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Private Tour of Mount Etna and Taormina

Private Tour of Mount Etna and Taormina

During the first part of the excursion, you'll be surrounded by nature, visiting old craters and lava flow caves and enjoying breathtaking views. In the afternoon you'll visit Taormina, one of the most quaint villages in Sicily, be enchanted by its alleys, gardens, and endless sea views.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$289.73
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Piazza IX Aprile can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 10 Piazza IX Aprile tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Piazza IX Aprile costs USD 74.29. Guided Piazza IX Aprile tours start around USD 74.29 per person. See all 10 Piazza IX Aprile tickets and tours on Viator.