Hello all, we will be on cruise this summer coming into Messina. I plan to take the ships tour to Taormina that provides the transportation and then several hours on your own in Taormina. I would love to get up to Castelmola and then walk down but am very paranoid of being in a strange place with no language skills and dependant on Cruise timing to get back to port or be left...so I'm looking for some very specific details. I see you can an interbus (15 I think) up to Castelmonla. Where would we pick that bus up at in Taormina? Then one in Castelmonia where would we be dropped off and how do we find the trail from there? And is the trail well marked going down the hill? I have found lots of info about walking up the hill ... but I don't want to do it the hard way...down hill makes more sense....especially in the summer heat.
Any help would be much appreciated- the more detailed the better.