Giardini-Naxos (cruise port to Taormina, Sicily) is a port town located on Sicily Island's northeastern coast, in Gulf of Catania (Mediterranean Sea). The town covers a total area of 13 km2 (5 ml2) and has population around 11,000. Travel time between Giardini-Naxos and Taormina is around 20 min (via road A18 / E45).
Port's strategic position has attracted many occupants, including Romans, Phoenicians, Greeks. During the 6th century BC, Greeks were the first to settle here, creating a grand theatre in a glamarous position. The theatre was remodeled by the Romans, who controlled Sicily by the middle of the 3rd century BC. Taormina prospered in trade during the Middle Ages, and in addition to a pair of magnificent palaces, many elaborate public buildings and mansions were erected in the heart of the city. Remember to visit these historic sites and shop along the cobblestoned streets of Corso Umberto. Don't miss the opportunity to take the cable car down to the sea. If you prefer swimming then take to the beaches of Naxos di Giardino, only 8 km away.
Giardini-Naxos cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Giardini-Naxos (Sicily) anchor in the bay and their passengers are transported via the ship's tender boats to the pier Porto Scaro Nuovo (on the waterfront). Shuttle buses then transport them from the dock to Taormina. Regular public buses to Taormina are also available. Travel time Giardini-Naxos to Taormina is 20 min (via road A18 / E45).