Welcome to Taormina Transfer!
We are a private transfer company based in Sicily since 2005.
We deliver a professional, discreet, transparent and confidential service.
We cover any destination in Sicily from Catania airport, such as Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni, Siracusa, Noto, Riposto port, Milazzo port, Portorosa, Messina.
Serve and understand the needs of our guests is the focus of our company.
Our team of drivers ensures the highest levels of quality in the chauffeur service.
We fulfill all your travel needs at any time of the day: excursions to Etna and Taormina, Castelmola, Savoca and Forza d'Agro Godfather sites, Catania, Cyclops Bay, Syracuse Ortigia, Noto, Modica, Ragusa, Piazza Armerina and Villa Romana del Casale, Agrigento and Valley of Temples, Wine tasting in the cellar and food experiences.
Transfer Taormina offers a wide range of vehicles to meet all your travel needs, from economy cars to sedans, to minivan and buses for large groups.
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Our staff of drivers and guides skilled, multilingual, ensuring the highest levels of quality 'in the rental with driver, and taxis, maximum punctuality' and equal seriousness' is our motto. Together, we will discover the wonders that this beautiful island holds.
We have a transfer solution for every occasion.
Whether it's a transportation from the airport to the hotel or private places, for meetings and conventions, we provide professional service offered by a team of experienced and friendly drivers. We provide comfortable, licenced and fully insured vehicles. Minibuses and buses for up to 50 passengers are also available. Book your complete itinerary through our office, sit back and relax!
Our driver will meet & greet you on arrival at the airport, he'll help with your luggage and will take you safely to your destination. We monitor your flight for all of Catania, Palermo and Comiso airport transfers, so even if your flight is delayed or early we will meet you on time. Child seats can be provided for free if required.
Once you specify the exact luggage on the reservation form, our booking system will automatically assign you the right car. If you are traveling with excess luggage, such as push chairs, wheelchairs, golf clubs, extra large bags or similar, be sure that you let us know: in this way we will arrange the appropriate vehicle for your airport transfer.
Tours and excursions
Make your visit to Sicily a truly pleasurable experience.
In addition to the transfer service, You can decide to organize your excursions with or without a tourist guide. The departure and return times of the tours, can be personalized depending on the season and the customer needs. We have services available for all the most popular locations:personal shopper for Sicily Outlet Village, Etna and Taormina, Castelmola, Savoca and Forza d'Agro Godfather sites, Catania and Cyclops Bay, Syracuse Ortigia, Noto, Modica, Ragusa, Piazza Armerina and Villa Romana del Casale, Agrigento and Valley of Temples, Wine tasting in the cellar and food experiences.
Wine and food Tour
We offer a stylish chauffeur-driven car service for food and wine tours to discover the goodness of our land. Travelling through some of the most famous Sicilian wineries and farmhouses, you can savour exquisite food and quality wine and even purchase the products after the taster sessions. You can also enjoy the typical products of Sicilian baking and cooking, such as cannoli and cassata, almond paste, Frutta Martorana marzipan sweets. granita and Bronte pistachios.
Live the experience of a Cooking Class means evaluating the nutritional aspects of the Italian cuisine - especially the Sicilian - and understand its ancient traditions. Sicily has a huge landscape heritage of food and wine. All this, combined with its culinary tradition, allows you to create wonderful dishes in terms of colors and flavors. We can remind the Pistachio of Bronte, the Black Wine d'Avola and Avola almonds, liqueur wine Marsala, the Pantelleria capers, the Pig Nebrodi, the fragrant Maletto Strawberries, Oranges Sicilian Red, the Chocolate of Modica, Cannoli with Ricotta Cheese, our Sicilian Granita, Fresh Pasta, Bread, the Blue Fish of our seas, the Stret Food and Tavola Calda like the famous arancino, Sweets of the Sicilian Tradition and again Olive Oil , Onions, Anchovies and many other prestige and high quality delicacies.Personal driver for shopping trips
Why booking with us
Make your visit to Sicily a truly pleasurable experience.
In addition to the transfer service, You can decide to organize your excursions with or without a tourist guide. The departure and return times of the tours, can be personalized depending on the season and the customer needs. We have services available for all the most popular locations: personal shopper for Sicily Outlet Village, Etna and Taormina, Castelmola, Savoca and Forza d'Agro Godfather, Catania and Cyclops Bay, Syracuse Ortigia, Noto, Modica, Ragusa, Piazza Armerina and Villa Romana del Casale, Agrigento and Valley of Temples, Caltagirone, Wine tasting in the cellar and food experiences, and any other destination in Sicily. We do customize your Tour and Shore Excursion: Plan your Sicilian trip with us, personalized travel programs that best suit your interests and budget are available. We will customize this excursion based on your ship's schedule that best suits your interest to soak you up with Sicily’s magic.
Agrigento e Piazza Armerina Tour
Visit the Temple Valley, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, and the Roman Villa of casale with its wonderful mosaics. The 'Archaeological and Landscape Park of the Valley of the Temples' is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, Valley of the Temples contains exceptional monumental and landscape heritage, included the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas immersed in a rural landscape of rare beauty characterized by the presence of century-old olive and almond trees. Due to its good state of preservation the Temple of Concordia is the most notable of a magnificent series of Doric temples. Later, if you have enough time at your disposal, visit the Villa Romana of Casale of Piazza Armerina. The Villa of Casale, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, was likely a hunting lodge belonging to the Emperor Massimiliano or a powerful Roman nobleman. The importance of the villa to the global nature is due to the impeccable condition of the mosaics, also considered the largest and most beautiful ever built in Roman times. This importance is also due to scenes depicted in these works, which appear to be evidence of great technical view of the veracity of subjects and colors. In these works you can see scenes from Homer's works, mythological scenes and images of everyday life, always carried out very vividly. The Driver will let you time at leisure to visit the two wonderful Sicilian highlights on your own (without Licensed Local Guide). Licensed Local Guide is available on request paying a surcharge.
In its ancient history, the city has had four names: κράγας for the Greeks, Agrigentum for the Romans, Gergent for the Arabs; while for the Normans it was Girgenti this was the official name since 1929, then during the fascist period it became Agrigento. The Valle dei Templi is an archeologic site, from the hellenic period and it is the monumental area of the city, characterized by a good state of preservation and from many important doric temples. Since 1997 the whole archeologic area is part of the Heritage of Humanity. Agrigento is a popular turistic destination, and one of the most important in Sicily. Valle dei Templi is the biggest archeologic parc of the world (1300 hectares).
It's assumed that the first civilization in the territory of Piazza Armerina was the Greek one. As a matter of fact there are some sites from that period. About the history of the city, it is known with certainty just of the Norman domination and on. This city is famous especially for the beautiful Villa Romana del Casale, at the foot of the city, which owes its fame at the floor built entirely in mosaic that depicts mithologic.
Catania, Acitrezza e Acicastello
Your day will begin with a tour of Catania. You will visit the Piazza Duomo and its Cathedral, jewel of Sicilian Baroque and UNESCO heritage, Via Etnea, the Roman theatre and the famous fish market situated in the heart of the city. Via Crociferi is famous for its churches and its importance in the procession for the Festa of Sant'Agata, the patron saint of the city. Following, via Etnea, the main street of Catania, you will arrive at Piazza Stesicoro, home to the Roman amphitheatre excavated in the early twentieth century. A short stroll and you will reach the famous Bar Savia, which serves the best arancini in Catania. Then drive to the seaside towns of Aci Castello and Aci Trezza, the most famous and sought after of eastern Sicily. In the summer they are full of tourists and many people from the nearby city of Catania go there on holiday. The evenings are always alive and bustling, with numerous restaurants and bars, specializing in preparing delicious seafood dishes.
Founded in the late 729 b.c. from the Greeks Chalcidian in a fertil plain at the foot of Mount Etna, Catania boasts a millenary history characterized by many dominations of which the remains enrich its artistic, architectural and cultural heritage. Many times the lava flows have invaded the city's walls ; the dark color of the monuments, the houses and the gates is the evidence. So the dominant color of the city is black and white, this suggestive contrast is repeated in the symbol of the city symbol, the elefant of piazza Duomo. The homeland of Vincenzo Bellini and Giovanni Verga is an elegant and busy city, animated by the street markets, famous ones are the fish market and the "A fera o luni". The marked baroque of the historical centre has become World Heritage site.
Acicastello e Acitrezza
The Cyclops Riviera lies northeast of Catania and stretches for 9 miles along the eastern coast of Sicily encompassing the fishing villages of Acicastello and Acitrezza. Aci Castello boasts a rich production of citrus fruits, olives, grapes, almonds, cereals and the most architecturally interesting monument is the Norman Castle built with lava rock from Mount Etna. Aci Trezza is a charming fishing village, with its small harbor full of fishing boats and typical seafood restaurants. The area is frequented by locals and tourists who are drawn to its views out across the Ionian Sea and a small archipelago of islands including Lachea, and its pretty coastline populated by hand-painted fishing boats in small inlets that makes it an ideal spot to catch the sunset or wander along the seafront eating an ice cream, even in winter. It also attracted Italian film director Luchino Visconti, who shot his Neorealist movie "La Terra Trema" (The Earth Trembles) at Acitrezza in 1948, using local Sicilian-speaking fishermen as actors Both Acicastello and Acitrezza welcome tens of thousands of tourists, as well as food connoisseurs of the area, not only during the summer but throughout the year.
On the way to the Rifugio Sapienza, we will stop in Zafferana, where you will visit one of the most famous organic farms for a delicious sampling of typical products such as honey, wine and oil. From Rifugio Sapienza (1920 mtasl) you can choose one of the following options:
The excursion will continue with the visit of a lava cave.
It's possible combine the visit of the volcano with the visit of the Alcantara Gorges or a visit and wine tasting in a local Etna winery.
Mt Etna on Sicily, locally called "Mongibello", is Europe's largest and most active volcano.
Etna become UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2013.
Its frequent eruptions are often accompanied by large lava flows, but rarely pose danger to inhabited areas. Etna is one of the volcanoes with the longest historic records of eruptions, going back more than 2000 years.
Mount Etna, towering above Catania, Sicily's second largest city, has one of the world's longest documented records of historical volcanism, dating back to 1500 BC. Historical lava flows cover much of the surface of this massive volcano, which makes it the highest and most voluminous in Italy.
Ever since ancient times, the volcano seems to have been in near-constant activity. It is considered, after Kilauea on Hawaii, the second most active, i.e. productive volcano on earth.
The Alcantara River is the most important river in Sicily, and defines the regional provinces of Catania and Messina. It comes from the Arabic word AL-QANTAHAR “the bridge” and it flows through the Nebrodi mountains and through a valley, for about 50 km to the Jonian sea, where Naxos, the first Greek colony and Taormina are the most international touristic sites in Eastern Sicily. The river is also fed by the snow melting from of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. The abundance of water and sun have always been the wealth of its inhabitants, who have extensively cultivated this land with excellent results. Between Randazzo and Castiglione of Sicily, the river feeds vineyards grown on black lava slopes, well appreciated for their full-bodied wines. Francavilla of Sicily, along the "The Gurne Alcantara path”, is a city of ancient and noble origins, that retains traces of the past in an important archeological, historical and natural site. Throughout the course of the river, the ancient castle of Castiglione di Sicilia and the majestic fortress of Calatabiano, guard its history, along with the blue waters of the Ionian sea and Mount Etna. In these centers, ability and imagination have created a quality of craftsmanship and skilled hands work items of a past as old as time itself. The local culture finds its expression in the traditional cuisine along with its typical and genuine products, such as sausages and cheeses, pasta with tomato and tasty meats, seasoned with the flavor of the Alcantara river.
Giardini Naxos, Taormina e Castelmola
The tour will begin by visiting the fishing town of Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily, founded in 734 b.C. After driving along the seafront and enjoying the beautiful Naxos bay, you will head for Castelmola, but first you will stop at the wonderful “Isola Bella”, a Wildlife Reserve considered the “pearl of the Ionian” for its natural beauty, connected to the mainland by a thin strip of sand. From here it is possible to admire the bay, and the promontories of Capo S. Andrea, that hosts the renowned Grotta Azzurra (The Blue Cave), and of Capo Taormina. It may be possible to bathe in these marvellous crystal clear waters. In Castelmola you will walk along the characteristics streets of the town, and stop to see the ruins of the imposing Norman walls and the main square (Duomo) with the Mother Church, rebuilt between 1934 and 1935 on the existing cathedral and dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari. The last part of the excursion will be dedicated to visiting the picturesque town of Taormina. Along the main road of this town, Corso Umberto, with the Messina Gate below and the Catania Gate on the mountain side, you will admire the most important monuments: Palazzo Corvaja (The Corvaja Palace, Museum of Arts and Folk Traditions), the Greek Theatre, Piazza IX Aprile, the Torre dell’orologio (The Clock Tower), the Cattedrale Fortezza (The Fortress Cathedral), the Badia Vecchia (The Old Abbey), and the Palazzo Duca di Santo Stefano (The Duke of Saint Stephen Palace), and much more. It will also be possible to go shopping in the exclusive shops which alternate with workshops.
The first Greek colony in Sicily, has an extensive archaeological area and museum. Very few landscapes embrace the traditional beauties of Sicily as Giardini Naxos. Halfway between Messina and Catania, Giardini Naxos can be reached in less than an hour from Fontanarossa Catania Airport. Giardini-Naxos, near Cape Schisò, has been considered for a long time the first greek settlement in Sicily (recent studies say that it was rather Zancle in 756 b.C. the first Greek outpost of Sicily). The new colony was given the name of Naxos as the homonymous island in the Aegean Sea. Although it remained a center of modest dimensions retained its symbolic value, since it was erected an altar in honor of Apollo Archegetes, and was the starting point of the Greek ambassadors to return to the motherland.
Taormina's genesis and early history began with the Greeks who founded and named the town in 358 B.C.; travelling to Naxos and settling there had later extended their territory to Taormina. Desired for its strategic position overlooking the sea and valley, it was seized by the Romans, and later fell into Byzantine hands. The Arabs, on their arrival, enriched the surrounding countryside, building an efficient irrigation system for crops, ensuring Taormina's desirability and verdant beauty. During the Second World War, Taormina was subjected to bombing raids by the allies who invaded Sicily in 1942, shortly before the fall of Mussolini. Damage inflicted in the town included destruction of part of the ancient (and very beautiful) amphitheater and St. Dominic's church. However, much of what had been damaged was restored soon after the war and Taormina appears to have survived relatively unscathed. The visit of the town will take you back in time and will let you feel the scents of history. Very important is the visit of the greek roman theatre. Today it's a beautiful living room, full of exclusive hotels; his reputation is known throughout the world both with exclusive luxury shopping that with the most popular ones.
This little town is located just up Taormina, is classified one of the most beautiful borgos of Italy. With its panoramic position , it 's developed around the delightful piazzetta del Duomo; from here you can see many narrow streets. From different spots, in particular from the Piazza S. Antonio, you can enjoy a beautiful landscape of mount Etna and the beaches that extend to Taormina's feet. On the right of the same piazza, there is a staircase which brings you to the ruins of a norman castle, where there are still walls from 1500, here there is a beautiful view of the two mountains Venere and Ziretto. The almond wine is typical of Castelmola , many inhabitants say that they are the inventors of it.
Ragusa and Modica Tour
Resplendent with baroque charm, the oldest part of the city, Ragusa Ibla, is home to numerous university faculties, which is why the city is often lit up by groups of young students at night. If you wish to enjoy the splendid walks in the small streets of the historic centre and scale the 340 steps, it is highly recommended that you give heels a miss. Another must-visit destination is Modica, which together with Val di Noto back in 2002 was included in the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO for its historic centre, replete with baroque architecture. Situated at the heart of the town centre and of great historical significance thanks to its excellent state of preservation, the necropolis of Quartiriccio in the Vignazza neighbourhood features dozens of "oven" tombs dug into the rock, and has origins as far back as 2200 B.C. The town is also famous for its chocolate, and in particular for the cold production method that can be attributed to the era of Spanish rule. This has been passed on from generation to generation to the present day, and Modica's chocolate is now a confectionery product of international repute.
Ragusa Ibla, capital of the Province, offers with its historical center of Ibla a panoramic view which is difficult to find nowadays. In fact, walking around tiny streets till Cathedral Square is like a dive into the past, in a place with the atmosphere from “The Leopard”. The city symbol is the S. Giorgio portal next to the beautiful Iblei gardens, where there are three churches; then Pola square with the beautiful façade of S. Giuseppe and Cathedral Square with the splendid baroque façade and the neoclassical dome of S. Giorgio.
Modica is located between two pits of a river bed which was buried in the past century. Baroque pearl is famous beyond for its architecture, also for being the birth place of Salvatore Quasimodo (a Nobel Laureate for literature) and for its famous Modica chocolate! The most interesting monuments are the churches of San Giorgio, San Pietro and Santa Maria of Bettlemme. You can visit the birth house of Salvatore Quasimodo, a little rocky church with Byzantine frescoes. After all the sightseeing you will be ready to taste the famous Modica chocolate and other products unique to Modica (sweets called “mpanatigghie”).
Syracuse Ortigia and Noto Tour
The excursion will begin with the visit to the Archaeological park of Neapolis (from Greek “new city”) that hosts the majority of classical monuments of Greek and Roman Syracuse. It’s the most representative area of the ancient Greek city, with large green spaces from where, walking through an old Roman street, you can get to many important archaeological monuments: the Greek theatre used for classical performances, the Roman amphitheatre, the Latomie with the Ear of Dyonisius and Cordary’s cave, the Ara of Ierone and The Church of San Nicolò ai Cordari. You will then continue by visiting the Ortygia Island, the heart of Syracuse, and among Greek temples, Christian churches, Arabian Streets, important old palaces, you will visit The Arethusa Fountain and the Duomo square, surrounded by some beautiful baroque palaces Noto, a unique town for its Sicilian Baroque style, which was declared to be a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The town of Noto is a true "open air museum", where it will be possible to enjoy the walk along the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, and admire the many palaces and churches that are together known as the "stone garden".
Syracuse and Ortigia
Syracuse, situated in south-eastern Sicily, has its historical center on the island of Ortigia, which is connected to the mainland by several bridges. Proud of its Greek history, the city also displays traces of its Roman, Norman and Aragonese rulers. Following a devastating earthquake in 1693, Siracusa was rebuilt in the unique and expressive Sicilian Baroque style; in addition to Archimedes tomb, there are several other well-preserved excavations, including a large Greek theater that is still used for performances in the summer months. Near the theater are the Latomie or deep quarries in the limestone bedrock for ancient Siracusa's extensive building activities. The most famous of these is the famous Ear of Dionysius.
Ortigia is the heart of the city; it is the oldest and the most distinctive part of Siracusa. Filled with artifacts from every stage in Siracusa's long history, its overwhelming feeling is of baroque excess.
Situated in southeastern Sicily , Noto became one of the Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2002. Noto is a pleasant and attractive little town, with a historic centre that is composed almost entirely of crumbling Baroque palaces, churches and houses. The old town of Noto was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake in 1693 and it was and it was decided to reconstruct a splendid new town several milesaway. decided to reconstruct a splendid new town several milesaway.
The Godfather Tour
The tour will start from the small but interesting town of Savoca; first thing to see is the "Bar Vitelli", where you can sit down and taste a fresh granita, while thinking that here Michael Corleone asked Apollonia's father for her hand in marriage. With a short walk through the narrow streets you can enjoy looking at the wedding church where they got married, which name is Santa Lucia. Nothing to do with the films but not less important is the Cappuccini Monastery, which features an impressive collection of same ancient mummified monks. Forza d'Agrò is the next town to visit, like many of the most charming villages in Italy, it sits on a hill overlooking Taormina and the ionian sea. Going ahead with our tour we will visit Forza d'Agrò, with its beautiful views, the arch Durazzesco and the church Triade another place chosen for a shot of the Godfather. If you desire, you can add the visit of the "Castello degli Schiavi" (about 2 hours more + entry costs), in Fiumefreddo. The visit is guided by the baron Platania, who will bring you around the internals of the castle, and explain in english some particularities of the film "The Godfather". During the visit he will also offer you a tipical sicilian drink. Upon availability.
The village of Savoca is situated on the coast of north-east Sicily between Messina and Taormina. If you are a fan of the famous "The Godfather" movie, you may be interested to visit the towns where many scenes of the movies were shoted. A ruined castle - Castello di Pentefur - stands above the village. Caracteristic medieval village, Savoca layes on a hill and includes the Cappuccini cloister, where there are some mummified monks and nobles, Vitelli's bar and the church Santa Lucia. The Bar Vitelli, an attractive building called Palazzo Trimarchi with a balcony and bedecked with plants, featured in Francis Ford Coppola's famous film "The Godfather" The Cappuccini Monastery features an impressive collection of 32 ancient mummified monks - some intact some not - in their catacombs, dating from the 18th century. Savoca is one of seven beautiful Sicily villages, listed in the past years as "most beautiful villages of Italy".
Beautiful little medieval village,Forza d'Agrò, offers a stunning view of the coast and its inlets. Crossing the arch Durazzesco, you get to the church Triade; both the arch and the chirch make a very suggestive background. Only some ruins are left of the castle built in norman period.