Norman Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Taormina: Hop-On Hop-Off Green Line Godfather Bus Tour

Taormina: Hop-On Hop-Off Green Line Godfather Bus Tour

This extraordinary open-top bus tour allows an overview of the main cities and attractions of the famous movie "The Godfather": Savoca, Forza d'Agrò (the GodFather Tour). The service is available out every day, with afternoon departure, upon reservation. At the Savoca stop, our tour includes about one-hour stop, during this time customers have the opportunity to visit the small village, famous for being the movie set and visit the famous Bar Vitelli, the Calvario Church, the Church of San Rocco, the Church of Santa Maria in Cielo Assunta, in whose underground crypt, in past centuries, the mummification of the bodies of the town's notables took place which then found their definitive location in the Crypt of the Capuchin Convent. After the visit to Savoca, our tour continues towards the town of Forza D'Agrò, also set for the movies "The Godfather", where the stop will be about 45 minutes. The places where the scenes were filmed in Forza D’Agrò concern the square and the church of SS. Annunziata.

BOAT TOUR WITH APERITIF ON BOARD IN THE CYCLOPS ISLANDS

BOAT TOUR WITH APERITIF ON BOARD IN THE CYCLOPS ISLANDS

1.Lachea Island - Aci Trezza The Lachea island, not large in size, is the largest of the outcrops that make up the Cyclops archipelago, just a little further off the coast of Aci Trezza, in Sicily. It is part of the nature reserve integral Lachea Island and Cyclops stacks, the protected area established by the Sicilian Region in 1998. The island, like the others of the archipelago, is of subvolcanic origin, formed for the intrusion of magma into the pre-existing rocks of the seabed. 2. The Faraglioni Consider that their origin is associated with the wrath of the Cyclops Polyphemus who, blinded by Ulysses, would have thrown the rocks into the sea at him the Greek hero to prevent him from escaping. A story that has certainly fueled legend about the Cyclops Islands, told also in the ninth book of the Odyssey. Fantasy aside, these are wonderful works of nature, carved over thousands of years by wind and rain, which fall within a protected marine area, composed of the Lachea Island 3. Norman Castle - Aci Castello The castle of Aci is located in Aci Castello in the province of Catania. The fortification of uncertain origin was the fulcrum of the development of territory of the Aci in the Middle Ages. During the Sicilian Vespers, it was subjected to the lordship of Ruggero di Lauria, therefore in the period Aragonese it belonged to Giovanni di Sicilia and finally to the Alagona being besieged several times. It is currently home to a museum civic. The basaltic promontory where the castle stands is constituted from underwater lava flows (pillows) that have an age radiometric about 500,000 years from the present. 4. Caves of Ulysses - Catania A bath in the history of supposedly legendary events occurred between the 13th and 12th centuries BC. 5. House of the Prince - Aci Catello It was February 1749 when Prince Don Luigi Riggio Don Stefano's successor has a palace built in Acitrezza majestic for his residence. The palace was built facing the sea, close to the beach, imposing, grandiose, with eleven windows in row on the facade and on the sea side, equipped with an embankment bastioned against the cannons of the Turkish ships, which they infested often the seas of eastern Sicily. DURATION 2 HOURS: Adults €60.00 DURATION 2 HOURS: Children up to 12 years €29.00 MAX 8 PEOPLE – MIN 2 PEOPLE DEPARTURE: May - June - July - August - September START ONLY TIME: 6.30pm EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK - ON RESERVATION Departure from the centenary port of Aci Trezza with 5 stops with a stop for swimming. INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: 1. Skipper and guide in Italian and English 2. Civil liability insurance 3. Evening aperitif with local wines and street food from centuries-old Sicilian culture with a view of Etna at sunset.

Aci Trezza: Cyclops Riviera Cruise with Aperitif & Swimming

Aci Trezza: Cyclops Riviera Cruise with Aperitif & Swimming

Explore the Cyclops Islands Marine Protected Area on a guided boat trip from Aci Trezza. Take in highlights such as Lachea Island, Faraglioni, and Ulysses Caves. Swim in the Ionian Sea during the bathing stop. Sip on Sicilian wine and sample local street food as you watch the sunset from the boat. Meet your guide and set sail from the ancient port of Aci Trezza. Head to your first stop, Lachea Island, an island of subvolcanic origin, home to prehistoric gems and a wealth of fauna and flora. Then, take in the Faraglioni and learn about the Greek legend associated with the iconic rocks. Next, stop by Castello Normanno in Aci Castello in the province of Catania. Learn about the fortification's fascinating history and the key role it played in the Middle Ages. Then, see the imposing Prince Riggio Palace, built facing the sea with ramparts for protection from Turkish ships. Then, take in Ulysses Cave, where you can take a dip in the warm waters of the Sicilian Ionian Sea. Finally, take in the sunset with views of Mount Etna. Taste local Sicilian wines and tuck into street food as you sail back to the port of Aci Trezza.

Aci Castello: Guided SUP Tour

Aci Castello: Guided SUP Tour

You will start your tour with a short theoretical lesson on how to ride a SUP. The paddleboards used during the excursion are very stable and this allows everyone to be able to take part in the experience, even those who have never practiced this activity. You will have at your disposal all the necessary equipment and a qualified instructor to carry out the tour in complete safety. You will set off to discover the imposing Norman Castle, reach the islands of the Cyclops and from here enjoy a unique panorama. All along the way you will be accompanied by an instructor who will tell you the history of this beautiful area, steeped in curiosities and legends.

From Catania: Riviera of the Cyclops Tour in a Vintage Car

From Catania: Riviera of the Cyclops Tour in a Vintage Car

Start your tour from Catania. Hop in your vintage car and head to the seaside village of Aci Castello. Enjoy views of the crystal clear eastern coast of Sicily along the way. In Aci Castello, admire the massive Norman Castle with the spectacular Cyclopean Riviera as its backdrop. Continue to Aci Trezza, an enchanting fishing village, famous for its panoramic view dominated by the Cyclopean Isles. It was also made famous by the Giovanni Verga novel, “I Malavoglia”. See the house by the Medlar Tree, where the story of the life of Padron Ntoni and his family took place. Discover Acireale, a town preserving its precious artistic heritage. Walk through the city garden and enjoy the view of the sea from its amazing panoramic terrace. Admire the lava blocks, which cross the crystal clear waters of the Cyclopean Riviera, and see the Baroque churches of the Old Town before returning to Catania.

Boat tour in the Cyclop Islands in the reserved natural area

Boat tour in the Cyclop Islands in the reserved natural area

1.Island of Lachea Aci Trezza The island Lachea, not large, is the largest of the outcrops that make up the archipelago of the Cyclops, just off Aci Trezza, in Sicily. It is part of the Integral Natural Reserve Isola Lachea and Faraglioni dei Ciclopi, the protected area established by the Sicilian Region in 1998. The island, like the others of the archipelago, is of subvolcanic origin, formed by the intrusion of magma in the pre-existing rocks of the seabed. In 1869 a prehistoric diorite axe was found, while in 1919 two cave tombs were identified, carved into the rock by the hand of man. Of the late Roman period are the objects found inside one of the two large circular holes (about one meter deep) on the island: pots, amphorae, loom weights, bone needles, fragments of a bone comb and a small lamp. The naturalistic museum houses a rich collection of fauna and flora. 2. The Faraglioni It is thought that their origin is associated with the wrath of the cyclops Polyphemus who, blinded by Ulysses, would have thrown the rocks into the sea against the Greek hero to prevent him from fleeing. A story that has certainly fueled legend about the Cyclops Islands, also told in the ninth book of the Odyssey. Fantasy aside, these are wonderful works of nature, sculpted for thousands of years by wind and rain, which fall within a protected marine area, composed of Lachea Island, stacks and four other rocks arranged in an arch. Their origin – in addition to the legend of Polyphemus – can be traced back to the first of the four phases of the evolution of the volcano Etna, an intense volcanic activity that began about half a million years ago.  3. Norman Castle Aci Castello The castle of Aci is located in Aci Castello in the province of Catania. The fortification of uncertain origin, was the fulcrum of the development of the territory of the Aci in the Middle Ages. During the Sicilian Vespers, it was subjected to the lordship of Roger of Lauria, then in the Aragonese era it was of John of Sicily and finally of the Alagona being besieged several times. It is currently home to a civic museum. The basaltic promontory where the castle stands, consists of underwater lava flows (pillow) that have a radiometric age of about 500,000 years from the present. The basaltic cliff is surrounded by a lava flow of prehistoric times that in the historiography of the nineteenth century had been wrongly attributed to the eruption of 1169 Historically a first castle was built in the seventh century (according to others in the sixth century) by the Byzantines on a pre-existing fortification of the Roman period perhaps of 38 and called Castrum Jacis and aimed at defending the population from raids. 4. Ulysses' Caves in Ognina with swimming

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