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Taormina Piazza Duomo Tours

Taormina Piazza Duomo
The square in front of Taormina’s cathedral may have an obvious name - Piazza Duomo - but its primary decoration is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser.

The Duomo and the piazza are just off Taormina’s main street, the Corso Umberto I. The Duomo dates from the 13th century, although the main doorway was rebuilt in the 1630s. That’s also when the Baroque-style fountain was placed in the center of the Piazza del Duomo. The fountain was added to the square in 1635, and at the very top is a sculpture representing Taormina’s city symbol.

The symbol of Taormina is a centaur - half man, half horse - but for some reason the statue atop the fountain in the Piazza del Duomo isn’t a straightforward centaur. Not only is the figure female rather than male, it also only has two legs (the back two) rather than four. No one knows why the centaur isn’t quite “normal,” but the people of Taormina have adopted the statue as the town symbol.

Besides the fortified-looking Duomo, other buildings on the Piazza del Duomo include the Palazzo Ciampoli (now a hotel), the 15th century Floresta House, and the 17th century Palazzo Municipale - Taormina’s town hall.
Address: Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina

Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina

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The volcanic landscapes around Mt. Etna are widely considered among the most fascinating in Italy, but they’re not always easy to explore without a guide. This adventurous half-day bus and hiking tour from Taormina includes food-tastings in Zafferana Etnea and a visit to the Parco dell’Etna. Delve into a lava cave with a guide, follow winding trails to the Rifugio Sapienza at 6,200 feet (1,900 meters) above sea level, and watch the sunset over the Silvestri craters.
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  • 5 hours
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$78.27
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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
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Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre Visit (Licensed Guide)

Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre Visit (Licensed Guide)

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Appreciate the serene beauty of Taormina on a brief walking tour. Learn about the culture and archaeology of this historical beach town in eastern Sicily from your guide as you explore the Greek Theatre, Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Corvaja, and an ancient Roman theater. Take in the views of Taormina during a stroll along Corso Umberto, seeing the Old Town lit up next to the Mediterranean.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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