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  • Address: Largo Santa Caterina, Taormina, Sicily, Italy

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Palazzo Corvaja Tours

The Sicilian town of Taormina, like the rest of Sicily, has changed hands many times over the centuries, the evidence of which can be seen in much of the island’s architecture. In Taormina, one building that captures the town’s history is the Palazzo Corvaja on the Piazza Badia.

The first part of the Palazzo Corvaja was the tower, built in the 10th century by the Arabs who ruled the area at the time. The tower was then part of the city’s fortifications, and the cube-shape was typical of Arab towers built in that era. In the 13th century when the Normans were in charge, they added to the palace, making the tower bigger and building a new wing.

Later, in the early 15th century, the Spanish ruled Sicily - and they added yet another wing to the existing construction at the Palazzo Corvaja. This time, the structure was designed to hold the Sicilian Parliament, formed in 1411. The name of the palace dates from the 16th century, when it became the property of the prominent Corvaja family. They owned the building until 1945.

The Palazzo Corvaja served as an apartment building for low-income families from the early 1900s until after World War II, so it needed extensive renovation work after the war. Today, the building houses the Sicilian Museum of Art and Popular Traditions as well as Taormina’s tourist information office. The latter is in a new section of the building, added in 1960.

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Shore Excursion from Messina to Mount Etna and Taormina, Messina, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Shore Excursion from Messina to Mount Etna and Taormina

Visit Mount Etna and the picturesque town of Taormina in one day on this 7-hour tour. See the amazing views of the volcano and its surrounding natural park ...  Read more

Location: Messina, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,183.09
Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania, Catania, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

This full-day tour goes from Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, to the beautiful and characteristic town of Taormina in the afternoon. In the first ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.59
Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Mt Etna, Messina, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Mt Etna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

While you’re in port in Messina, take a full-day private shore excursion to Taormina and Mt Etna. Take in scenic views as your private driver takes you along ...  Read more

Location: Messina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.54
Taormina Walking Tour with Greek Theatre Visit, Taormina, Ports of Call Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Taormina Walking Tour with Greek Theatre Visit

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Experience the magic of the Sicilian resort town of Taormina when it cool down on this narrated walking tour. Your guide will reveal the history, culture, ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.66
Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania, Catania, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Half-Day Tour from Catania

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

See the coast where Greeks first landed in Sicily, and admire the medieval architecture of Taormina whose palaces and monuments witnessed a long and meaningful ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.72
Taormina Shore Excursion: Taormina and Mt Etna Day Trip, Taormina, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Taormina Shore Excursion: Taormina and Mt Etna Day Trip

While you’re in port in Taormina, your private driver will chauffeur you along the fabulous Sicilian coast to discover Taormina and Mt Etna. On this full-day ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.54
Taormina Food and Wine Walking Tour, Taormina, Ports of Call Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Taormina Food and Wine Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Taste Sicilian food at its finest on this 2-hours and a half evening walking tour of Taormina. Eat and drink like a true local as your guide brings you to the ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $78.46
Taormina Walking Tour and Wine Tasting Including Skip-the-line Ticket to the Greek Theatre, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Taormina Walking Tour and Wine Tasting Including Skip-the-line Ticket to the Greek Theatre

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Visit Taormina's Teatro Greco, a well-preserved Ancient Greek amphitheater, and the Odeon, a small Roman theater. Also see the beautiful Palazzo Corvaja and ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.84

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