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Extend stay in Taormina?

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Extend stay in Taormina?


Staying 5 nights at Villa Ducale in Oct. then proceeding on to Syracuse for 3 nights on Ortiyga Island at Desestranges Hotel and planning on doing a day trip to Noto & Ragusa and relax with a spa treatment while there.. Was wondering if we should forego the 3 nights in Syracuse and stay those 3 nights on Mazzaro Beach at the Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay enjoying the spa treatment at the Atlantis Bay instead and take a day tour to Syracuse vs. staying on Ortiyga. While we are at the Villa Ducale for the 5 nights we have planned day trips/tours and am concerned we won't have enough time to enjoy Taormina itself. Your suggestions is very much appreciated

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1. Re: Extend stay in Taormina?

Hi 125MariaC,

This is reaaly a personal preference based on your interests, but Taormina is compact and there's more to see and do in Siracusa, so if planning a day trip to Ragusa and Noto from Siracusa, the recommendation might be to take a day from Taormina and add a day to Siracusa.

There's never any guarantees that the weather would cooperate for the beach, although it was warm last October.

What day trip excursions do you have planned from Siracusa?


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2. Re: Extend stay in Taormina?

Hi Vagabonda,

While in Syracuse, we were planning on visiting the sites in Syracuse on our day transferring from Taormina to Ortiyga Island. Then on the next day on we are going for a full day to Noto and Ragusa. On the final day, we had made arrangements for spa treatments at the hotel early in the morning and then just relaxing and enjoying Ortiyga before leaving for home the next morning.

FYI, while in Taormina our plans are as follows:

Day 1 - Arrive in Taormina from Palermo after visiting Piazza Armenia and Caltagrione for a lunch

Day 2 - Godfather villages and a trip to Forza D'Agro for lunch (Il Padrino rec by a friend)

Day 3 - Since a Sunday, attend mass, and RELAX the day possibly visiting a restaurant on

Mazzaro beach (Il Barcaiolo, also rec by a friend)

Day 4 - Mt Etna

Day 5 - full day visiting our roots in Messina and Reggio Calabria

Day 6 - Enroute to Syracuse for the 3 nights

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