Welcome to Catania


Catania’s historic core is a Unesco-listed wonder, where black-and-white palazzi tower over sweeping baroque piazzas. One minute you’re scanning the skyline from a dizzying dome, the next contemporary art in an 18th-century convent. Beneath it all are the ancient ruins of a town with over 2700 candles on its birthday cake. Indeed, food is another local forte. This is the home of Sicily's iconic pasta alla Norma and the extraordinary La Pescheria market.

Keeping an eye on it all is Catania's skyscraping frenemy, Mt Etna, a powerful presence that adds another layer of intensity and beauty to Sicily's second-biggest city.


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$101.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Etna Tribe, Catania, Province of Catania, Sicilyexcursion made by etna tribeDuration: 9 hoursStop At: Monte Etna, Catania, Province of Catania, Sicilytrekking through a natural path of parco dell'EtnaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Parco dell'Etnatrekking through a natural path of parco dell'EtnaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna, Nicolosi, Province of Catania, Sicilytrekking through a old silvestri craters Duration: 1 hourStop At: Funivia dell'Etna, Nicolosi, Province of Catania, Sicilyetna high altitude option cablecar and jeep off roadDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Grotta dei Tre Livellivisit of a lava caves with helmet and lampsDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Oro d'Etna, Zafferana Etnea, Province of Catania, SicilySampling of typical products in a biological farmDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Isola Bella, Sicilystop at the nature reserve "isola bella" (possibility to bathe)Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Corso Umberto, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Villa Comunale Di Taorminafree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Ancient Theatre of Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Torre dell'Orologio, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Piazza Duomo, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Naumachia - Antico Gymnasium romano, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Chiesa Madonna della Rocca, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicilyfree time in taormina with a little guide that describes the monumentsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Porta Catania di Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyAdmire Porta catania of TaorminaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Porta Messina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyAdmire porta Messina in TarominaDuration: 2 hours

$47.83 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Gastronomic Street Food Tour of Catania

The walking tour offers you a historical overview of the city, of the alleys and the squares of the old town, whilst giving you the chance to sample some of its culinary delights.You will meet your guide right in the city centre of Catania in Piazza Duomo, where you will visit the Cathedral, a jewel of Sicilian Baroque and UNESCO heritage. From here you will head to the quaint fish market, better known as "la pescheria", where you will taste local cheeses, olives and some exquisite oil. If you prefer fish to meat, at the pescheria you will taste the best mixed fried fish of the city: everything is clearly ultra fresh!The city tour continues along via Crociferi, famous for its churches and its importance in the procession for the Festa of Sant'Agata, the patron saint of the city. Following, via Etnea, the main street of Catania, you will arrive at Piazza Stesicoro, home to the Roman amphitheater excavated in the early twentieth century. A short stroll and you will reach the famous Bar Savia, which serves the best arancini in Catania, while at the Bakery Pacini the much-loved cipollina awaits you (a specialty of Catania made with puff pastry, tomato, onion, mozzarella and ham). Crossing "la fiera" - as is the local name for the biggest market of the city - you will arrive at the finest kiosk of Catania: the Chiosco Costa. Here you will taste the typical fizzy drink made from fresh Selz and syrups, all freshly prepared.Next stop the port, where a mixed plate of meat, horsemeat meatballs barbecued on hot coals, and the legendary cipollata (spring onions wrapped with bacon) all await you. Last stop will be dedicated to the local sweets: during winter you will have Cannolo with ricotta, cassatella (ricotta local pastry) and an almonds based dessert. During the summer you will have one of the best sicilian granita with brioche.At the end of the tour, your local guide will give you the card "The Streets of the Elephant" as a reminder of all the key stops of the Street Food tour, with all the different foods tasted on the streets of Catania city centre. The elephant is one of the most important symbols of the city and it is not by accident that you will see in Piazza Duomo the famous elephant statue, restored to its former splendor after recent restoration work.

$69.15 Day Trips & Excursions

Mount Etna Nature Hike, Lava Cave Tour from Catania

At 9:00am, you'll be picked up at your accommodation with our 4-wheel drive. You'll reach the altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. From there, you'll enjoy a moderate hike for a duration of approximately 3 hours to admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove depression and it's moon like desert which is an old caldera from where we will have a breathtaking view of the smoking craters of Mount Etna and the surrounding landscapes facing the lonian sea. Your tour also includes an exploration of a lava tube, an experience that takes you to unique locations in Etna's most spectacular lava tube caves, a natural phenomena created when the surface lava solidified but magma continued to flow in tunnels. You'll be dropped off at your accommodation at 3:30pm.

$101.42 Tours & Sightseeing

Syracuse Ortigia and Noto Day Trip from Catania

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Etna Tribe, Catania, Province of Catania, Sicilyexcursion made by Etna TribeDuration: 8 hoursStop At: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyVisit the Parco archeologico in SyracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Puppet Theatre - Siracusa, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyAdmire the TheatreDuration: 1 hourStop At: Grotta dei CordariAdmire the grotta of cordari in SyracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Altar of Hiero IIAdmire the ara ierone of SiracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Latomia del Paradiso, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyAdmire the Latomie of SiracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Necropoli di Santa PanagiaAdmire the NecropoliDuration: 1 hourStop At: Anfiteatro Romano, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyVisit the Anfiteatro of SiracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Ear of DionysiusAdmire the ear of Dionisio in SiracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Teatro Greco, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyAmire the theaterDuration: 1 hourStop At: Grotta del NinfeoVisit the cave in SiracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Street of Tombsvisit the streetDuration: 1 hourStop At: Siracusa Beachvisit ortigiaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Fonte Aretusa, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyamire the fonte aretusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Cattedrale metropolitana della Natività di Maria Santissimavisit ortigiaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Maniace Castle, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyadmire the castleDuration: 1 hourStop At: Museo Regionale di Palazzo Bellomo, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit siracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Ipogeo di Piazza Duomo, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit syracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Museo del Papiro "Corrado Basile", Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit siracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Leonardo da Vinci Museum and Archimede Siracusavisit siracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Mercato Di Siracusa, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicily misit the mercatoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Palazzo Montalto, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit the siracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Palazzo Chiaramontevisit siracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Museo dei Pupi - Siracusa, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit the museumDuration: 1 hourStop At: Sirmuma - Siracusa Museo del Marevisit the museumDuration: 1 hourStop At: Museo del Cinemavisit the museumDuration: 1 hourStop At: Palazzo Francica Navavisit siracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Palazzo Arezzo Della Targiavisit siracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Cappella Sveva Arcivescovado, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit siracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Piazza Duomovisit siracusaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Temple of Apollo (Tempio di Apollo), Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyAdmire the TempleDuration: 1 hourPass By: Necropoli di Pantalica, Pantalica, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit siracusaPass By: Cavagrande del Cassibile, Avola, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit siracusaPass By: Riserva Naturale Orientata Cavagrande del Cassibile, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit siracusaStop At: Porta Reale, Noto, Province of Syracuse, SicilyVisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Cathedral of NotoVisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Chiesa del Santissimo Crocifisso, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: St. Charles Churchvisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Chiesa di San DomenicoVisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi all'Immacolatavisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Church of Santa Chiaravisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Arcovisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: St. Nicholas Cathedral, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit the churchDuration: 1 hourStop At: Piazza Municipio, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Palazzo Ducezio, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Teatro Tina Di Lorenzo, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Nicolaci PalaceAdmire the old buildingDuration: 10 minutesPass By: Palazzo Modica di San Giovanni - Nicolaci - Raeli, Noto, Province of Syracuse, SicilyVisit notoPass By: Palazzo Landolina, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoPass By: Palazzo Trigona di Cannicarao, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoPass By: Palazzo Impellizzeri di San Giacomovisit notoPass By: Palazzo Astuto, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoPass By: Palazzo Rau Della FerlaVisit notoPass By: Noto Anticavisit notoPass By: Area Archeologica Eloro, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoPass By: Colonna Pizzutavisit notoPass By: Scavi di Castelluccio, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoPass By: Villa Romana del Tellaro, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoPass By: Monte Finocchitovisit notoPass By: Oriented Nature Reserve Oasis of Vendicarivisit notoPass By: Biblioteca Comunale di Noto "Principe di Villadorata", Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit notoPass By: Biblioteca Diocesana del Seminario Vescovile, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicilyvisit noto

$64.59 Outdoor Activities

Etna Half Day Trip

Begin the day with a pickup from meeting point in Catania. Move towards the slopes of the volcano, crossing old villages full of history and tradition. See natural paths in the Etna Park area and walk on the edge of extinct craters to better understand the structure of the volcano and its eruption life-cycle.Explore a cave shaped by an old lava flow and safely equipped with ropes, flash-lights and helmets. Climb up old lava flows in the 4x4 to reach the magnificent sight of the Bove Valley. Enjoy amazing panoramic views on the mountain top where everyday is different. Colors, perfumes, flora and fauna completely change with the seasons, offering unforgettable scenarios. Great for all levels of experience, this excursion guarantees fun the whole family, including kids and friends.

$100.27 Day Trips & Excursions

Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Etna Tribe, Catania, Province of Catania, Sicilyexcursion made by etna tribeDuration: 7 hoursStop At: Rifugio Sapienzastop for breakDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Monte Etna, Catania, Province of Catania, SicilyTrekking through natural path of Monte etnaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna, Nicolosi, Province of Catania, Sicilyvisit of old sSilvestri cratersDuration: 1 hourStop At: Parco dell'EtnaTrekking through natural path of parco dell'EtnaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Grotta dei Tre Livellivisit of a lava cave with helmets and lampsDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Murgo Tenuta San MicheleSampling of wine Duration: 1 hour

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