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Day trips out of Taormina by train?

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Day trips out of Taormina by train?

We're going to Taormina for a week this Saturday - we don't want to do any driving, and we're planning pretty much to stay in and around Taormina and the beaches below, with a visit to Mount Etna on one day. But it occurred to me that a day trip or two on the train might be good - any suggestions from people who've tried this as to good places to visit for a day?

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1. Re: Day trips out of Taormina by train?

The train from Taormina to Palermo is quite reliable,and Cefalu is along the way!

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2. Re: Day trips out of Taormina by train?

It is easy to travel with the train along the coasts in Sicily.

Another nice town that you can reach easilly with the train is Siracuse. If you want to visit Catania its easier to get there by bus.

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Was not thinking!

Absoultely, Siracusa would be my first choice! It really warrants a stay and not just a day trip!

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4. Re: Day trips out of Taormina by train?

Many choices from Taormina.

Definitely Mount Etna is a full day. I think it's worth it as there's nothing like it. You can get very close to the top via cable car, all terrain bus, and then a guided escort (that package is 48EU p/p). Since you're not driving add the cost of the bus excursion which, I'm sure, your hotel can arrange.

You could also take a trip to the Aeolian Islands. These are also full-day bus trips arranged by your hotel. They typically leave very early in the morning.

Syracusa is a day trip possibility although I spent three and a half days there and had plenty to do. Much of interest is in the old city on the island of Ortygia and in the new city around the archaeological sites.

In the archaeological area is the Greek Amphitheater that is still in use. We saw a magnificent production (6:30PM) of Hericle (Ericle) by Euripides. All in Italian but the acting was so good it transcended language. The cheaper, non-reserved, seats are just fine.

Also a hort walk from the archaeological sites is a terrific archaeological museum. You can buy a combo ticket for the museum and the arch. sites.

Ortygia is full of things to see and lots of atmosphere. Very walkable and enjoyable. The Cathedral and its environs are terrific.

I guess what I'm encouraging is to extend your day trip to Syracusa to at least two, if possible.

Back in Taormina, while on the pedestrian only Corsa Umberto stop in at the D&G shop and chat with Don the American, as he's known, a former New Jersey resident.

For Gelato you can't miss with Gelatomania just steps from Porta Messina. Let your eyes take it all in first and you can ask for a taste. Supposedly Gelato is lower in fat than our ice cream. Seems impossible but I'd like to believe it.

Have fun. Taormina is crowded with tourists but somehow that doesn't detract from what it has to offer. It's bright, sunny, and cheerful with lots of beauty to catch your eye.

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5. Re: Day trips out of Taormina by train?

Thanks everyone, this is really helpful. Special thanks to you 'on the Bummel', for a really interesting read!

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