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Great panorama over Taormina

It is worth climbing to the castle all the way from Via Circonvallazione, just outside the old... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2018
Great views, worth the steps

It is worth the steps from the Umberto Corso (although you can cut a lot of steps out by using the... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
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Reviewed 8 September 2018

It is a long hike up a lot of steps just for a view, because the castle itself is not available to the public. Unless you need to get your fitbit steps in I would skip, as the view isnt terribly better than what you...More

Thank iwilladviseyou
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I walked up the portion of the trail from Taormina to the Castello Saraceno. It’s essentially a series of steps cut into the cliff, with a stop near the castle at an old church built into the rocks. The steps are regularly...More

2  Thank ameliatd
Reviewed 19 May 2018

From Taormina looks perfect. The way is easier as one could expect looking from below.And finally the closed door. So we have to go back, down...On the way we doscovered the people on the top ! Which way ? Simply - through the hole in...More

2  Thank marekwroc2017
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

It’s a stiff climb so you need to be reasonably fit. I would also recommend that you take some water and don’t do it at midday. When you get to the castle it looks as if it is closed but you can squeeze through the...More

Thank Greg548
Reviewed 22 April 2018

The castle itsself is officially closed and there is no entry. But a missing bar in he gate allows you access with a bit of a squeeze, so you do so at your own risk.. There are great views of Taormina, Etna and the coast....More

3  Thank Jonathan A
Reviewed 5 April 2018

It is worth climbing to the castle all the way from Via Circonvallazione, just outside the old town, both for great exercise as well as the changing views over the town. Along the way you will come across Sanctuario Madonna della Rocca, accessible by the...More

2  Thank Globetrotter008
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Of course it is closed for renovation but you can still see parts of it if you sneak in through an opening in the gate. Lovely view of Etna and Taormina. Careful if you walk by foot. Lots of lizzards

2  Thank Carmen D
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

The view is worth every step upward! It’s not a difficult climb per se, but you’ll need to pace yourself if you are not in shape. Our of the 31 in our group, we were the only 2 to venture up. I almost didn’t go...More

2  Thank Schellyrae
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

It is worth the steps from the Umberto Corso (although you can cut a lot of steps out by using the road), the view is fantastic, you can see the whole of Taormina and neighbouring towns, great views of Etna. If you listen hard you...More

2  Thank marktW6919CI
Reviewed 17 October 2017

First, the guide books say this castle is closed to visitors and I suspect this deters some from visiting. There is a whole in the gate through which you can squeeze to get to the top, but if not the hike up is still spectacular....More

1  Thank Carol S
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