Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena

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Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

1. Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

See another side to Sicily as you discover the natural beauty of Catania on this walking tour. Admire the Ursino Castle, walk around the squares and plazas and discover the famous sites. Meet your guide before departing on your adventure. Stroll the city center with your local guide who will fascinate you with the city's history. See monuments built centuries ago that are still standing to this day. Many of the structures you will witness date back to the Greek colonization of the city back in the 8th-century B.C. Enjoy this tour and see the following landmarks: the piazza Duomo, Pescheria, Castello Ursino, piazza San Francesco, via Teatro Greco, piazza Dante, via Gesuiti, scalinata Alessi, piazza Università, piazza Vincenzo Bellini, and the piazza San Placido. If you are in Catania, this tour is simply a must-do.

Benedictine Monastery of Catania: Guided tour in English

2. Benedictine Monastery of Catania: Guided tour in English

The guided tours last more or less 75 minutes and include a visit to the most important areas of the Benedictine Monastery of Catania: the two cloisters, the 16th century cellar now used as the Library of the Department of Humanities (Unict), the Roman House that is visible right under a modern mezzanine used by the students as part of the Library, the Garden of the Novices, the famous kitchens and cellars of the 18th century, work of the architect Vaccarini, and the sumptuous monumental staircase. The Officine Culturali team will accompany guests through the labyrinthine corridors and majestic architecture of the monastic complex, on a journey through time, from the Roman age to the present day, a journey that is only possible thanks to the contemporary refurbishment project by the architect Giancarlo De Carlo.

Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

3. Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

Uncover the vibrant soul of Catania with a private or group tour guided by a local, immersing yourself in the city's rich tapestry of history and culture. Start your journey in Via Etnea, and embark on an exploration of Catania's most revered landmarks and best-kept secrets. Begin at Duomo Square, where the magnificent Catania Cathedral stands as a testament to the city's enduring legacy. Then, lose yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Catania Fish Market, a bustling hub of activity and flavors that tantalize the senses. Continue with a visit to the elegant Palazzo Currò, a historic gem nestled amidst the cityscape. Traverse the ancient cobblestone streets to reach Ursino Castle, a formidable fortress steeped in centuries of intrigue and legend. Delve into the tranquility of the Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena, an architectural marvel that echoes whispers of the past. Then, wander along Via Crociferi, adorned with magnificent Baroque architecture, before arriving at the lively Piazza Stesicoro, pulsating with energy and vitality. Along the way, hear tales of Catania's storied past, with your guides offering insight and perspective that only a local can provide. Conclude your tour at Piazza Università in the historic center, where the spirit of knowledge and enlightenment fills the air.

Catania City Highlights and Street Food -Private or shared-

4. Catania City Highlights and Street Food -Private or shared-

Enjoy Catania “the black city” like the color of lava rock through this amazing walking tour.We will visit the main attractions such as the Benedictine monastery, the church of San Nicolò where we will see the typical “candelore” of the local tradition during the feast of Sant’Agata. We will visit a small cave where the river flows that the lava of 1669 covered forever.We will arrive at the Fish Market, the Cathedral, the historic Elephant Fountain and University Square. We will discover the unknown neighborhood of San Berillo, a hidden and unknown area of the city. We will end with a tasting of arancini and other street food in one of the best bars in Catania.

3-Hour Catania Segway PT Authorized Tour

5. 3-Hour Catania Segway PT Authorized Tour

Situated between the Ionian Sea and the slopes of Mt Etna, the town of Catania is rich in folklore, history, and beauty. On this guided Segway tour, you will be able to visit the entire Old Town. Start from the meeting point, where you'll learn how to use your Segway. From here we glide into the heart of the city to reach Piazza Duomo. Taking via Etnea, cross Piazza Università. From here, head to Piazza Vincenzo Bellini where there is the wonderful lyrical theater named after Vincenzo Bellini. Going along Via Etnea, you'll reach Piazza Stesicoro to see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater and the monument to Vincenzo Bellini; Catania’s Swan. Having covered another piece of vibrant Via Etnea, cross the green area of a public garden to reach the town's highest point where you can admire San Nicola church and the Benedictine’s Monastery. After that, continue riding your Segway to Piazza Federico di Svevia, where you will find Ursino Castle; a 13th-century structure that is the only surviving remnant of the medieval town.

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It was the best way to explore many of Catania’s historic attractions. We were looked after by two people all the time. None of us used Sagways before so our tour started with a short lesson how to ride one. It was a lot of fun. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, answering all our questions.

Fabulous! Totò, an excellent guide, prepared from every point of view, was able to involve us throughout the entire tour. Highly recommended for adults and children.

Truly engaging tour conducted by a professionally knowledgeable and captivating guide. To be recommended.

Excellent guide, expert, brilliant exposition with many details of history, culture and art history.

Excellent tour! Interesting history and very fun guide!