No matter where you go in Taormina, your eye always catches a glimpse of the beautiful Etna volcano. Little wonder then, that one of the most famous local culinary specialities resembles the fiery mountain: Arancini rice balls. They are shaped like a volcanic cone, and the delicious filling puffs out steam when you cut off the top! What could accompany arancini better than a delicious volcanic wine packed with temperament and grown on Etna’s lava soil?
Food Tour Taormina whisks you away to one of the most picturesque cities in Sicily – Taormina. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea with an area around 10,000 square miles. The island of Sicily is just 1.5 miles from the mainland and is surrounded by three different seas, the Mediterranean Sea, the Ionian Sea, and the Tyrrhenian Sea. High above the coast with the Ionian Sea sits the enchanting city of Taormina, waiting to whisper its culinary secrets to you on a Food Tour Taormina. Meandering beaches, rocky coves, exquisite flora and fauna, panoramic views and a dream like climate all contribute to an idyllic destination. Tauromenium was founded by Andromacus at the request of Dionysius the Tyrant in 392 BC and fell to the Romans in 212 BC, soon it became a favourite with Patricians and Senators as a holiday destination, and the lure and appeal of Taormina continued ever since. Sicily has a population of approximately 5.82 million and 25% of those live on the slopes of Mount Etna. The land is ideal for growing grapes in particular lending themselves to producing a unique Volcanic wine, this is something Food Tour Taormina is eager to introduce you to.
The sheer beauty of Taormina is inescapable with a view of Mount Etna from almost any point in the city, Food Tour Taormina will be sure your meals come with a side order of true Sicilian surroundings. The central area of Taormina is a pedestrian only zone, making it in an excellent vantage point to take in the warm air and splendid surroundings. Painters and writers alike have been visiting Taormina for centuries to inspire their imaginations. Food Tour Taormina will fire up your imagination at meals time too. Sicily’s major exports are what you would expect, wine, olive oil, lemons and sardines, but there is much to discover about the treasures they keep to themselves, their speciality cheeses for example. Taormina is overflowing with atmosphere and landmarks to admire. Isola Bella (Beautiful Island) is nestled in the sea just below Taormina, a small rock-bound island with its own nature reserve. The shoreline below Taormina offers coves and sandy beaches for calming enjoyment of the lapping sea. Food Tour Taormina is a treat for all your senses!
Even the Ancient Greeks knew a good thing when they saw it. Taormina’s most famous landmark is the Greek Theatre, under Hiero II of Syracuse the theatre was built in the 3rd century BC and is one the largest ancient theatres to be found in Sicily. In the 2nd century BC the Romans remodelled the theatre with the all the characteristics of a Roman theatre for gladiatorial shows. The Theatre was built at the very top of a hill, with the top levelled exclusively for the purpose of building the theatre. The natural incline of the valley provided the auditorium seating, and the impressive back drop of Mount Etna added boundless drama to the atmosphere during performances. Food Tour Taorminacaptures the essence of Sicily and its food, taking pride in show casing the local cuisine. Indulge in freshly made pasta, discover the arancini rice balls and sample of a range of unique Volcanic wine all in the company of the hospitable locals.