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Piazza dell'Università, Catania

Piazza dell'Università, Catania: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Catania: Heart of the City Guided Walking Tour

2. Catania: Heart of the City Guided Walking Tour

Dive into the main monuments in Catania's city center on this guided walking tour. Follow a local guide to uncover history, legends, and facinating anecdotes about daily life in Sicily. Get tips on what to see and do during your time in the city. Meet your licensed guide in Piazza Duomo and admire the statue of the elephant, which is the symbol of Catani. Take a peak inside the Cathedral of Catania, which is the seat of the Archbishops of Catania. Stroll through the lively fish market to see nice restaurants and view an area with a rich nightlife. Stop outside the Ursino Castle, the only medieval monument that survived the terrible earthquake which destroyed Catania in 1693. Enjoy the stunning monasteries, churches and palaces which have made the Via Crociferi street so famous. Finish the tour in Piazza Università, one of the most scenic squares in the city and just a short walk from Duomo Square.

Catania: City Highlights Tour with Guide

3. Catania: City Highlights Tour with Guide

Discover the soul of the ancient city of Catania on a guided walking tour. Explore the historical center of Catania with a local guide. Gain insight into the history and architecture of this city with a local guide. Meet your guide at the Elephant Statue and symbol of Catania in Piazza del Duomo. Marvel at the stunning dome of the cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. See how lava stone has given a unique flair to churches and late Baroque palaces in Catania. Head to Pescheria, the vibrant historic fish market. Reach Crociferi street where you can see the ornate church of San Benedetto and the church of San Giuliano which is a stunning example of Catania Baroque. Finish at Etnea where there are ruins, historical buildings, and shopping. Have the option of purchasing an arancino, a Sicilian cannoli, or another delicacy.

Catania: The heart of the City - Guided tour in Italian

4. Catania: The heart of the City - Guided tour in Italian

Immerse yourself in the history of Catania and discover its monuments together with your guide who will not only talk to you about the past but will also make you discover everyday life by giving you information on what to do and what to see in your free time The tour begins in Piazza Duomo where you will meet your guide at our Guidingsicily infopoint and from there you will admire the elephant symbol of the city, the Cathedral, the magnificent baroque of the square and then continue towards the fish market, the Ursino castle, the only medieval monument to have survived the earthquake of 1963, and passing through the magnificent via Crociferi, the most beautiful baroque street in Catania, location of very important films (Zeffirelli's La capinera etc) you will arrive at Piazza Università where the tour ends, always in the heart of the city.

Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

5. 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 Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

6. Catania Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

The Sherlock Holmes City Game is a self-guided tour that gives you a fun and interactive way to walk around the city. All you need is a phone with an internet connection. As soon as you book the game, we will send you all the information you need via email. By moving around the city, you will unlock assignments. Here you will find characters who are willing to help. But the information comes at a price! Solve their puzzles, take on hilarious photo challenges, chase down culprits and play along to get closer to solving the murder of Balthasar. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: - Difficulty level: easy – also suitable for families with children - Duration: 2 hours - Tickets: You only need to buy 1 ticket per group (1-4 people) - Each group will play with 1 device. For groups of more than 4 people, you can buy 2 or more tickets. - To book this game you need to indicate a date/time, BUT you can start whenever you like. - *NOTE: this City Game uses the city as an interactive playing field but DOES NOT provide any information about the city! HOW TO PLAY: Book the City Game, check the email we send you with the instructions, download the Loquiz App, and begin your gaming experience! Explore the city at your own pace while playing the Sherlock Holmes City Game, a self-guided tour that offers a lot of freedom and flexibility. You can play when, where and with who you want. Whether you want to play alone for personal excitement or with a group of people this is the game for you! Playing with more groups will turn into a competitive experience, perfect as a teambuilding activity. This game is a fun activity you can do while visiting a city with your family and friends or as a couple. Our City Game offers the maximum independence, you can play pause & continue whenever you want!

2 hours guided tour of Catania

7. 2 hours guided tour of Catania

A tour to discover Classical Catania, a group tour departing every day, our specialised guides will meet you and give you earphones to make it easier to listen to your guide's explanations. You will walk through the streets of Catania and discover Piazza Duomo, the Cathedral, City Hall, and the Elephant Fountain. Your guide will also accompany you to the Fish Market where you will discover Sicilian culture. The tour will continue to the Ursino Castle, Piazza San Francesco, Via dei Crociferi and Piazza Università. All places will be visited from the outside. For other languages please inform us as during the high season we can have tour in french, spanish or german, but it is not guaranteed.

Catania City Highlights and Street Food -Private or shared-

8. 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.

Catania: the heart of the City - Guided Walking Tour

9. Catania: the heart of the City - Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of the most important monuments of Catania city center with this guided tour. Follow a local guide to discover the history, legends, and anecdotes of everyday life. Receive the information you need for your free time in the city Meet your guide in Piazza Duomo and admire the statue of the lucky elephant which is the emblem of Catania. We will also visit the interior of the Cathedral Stroll through the fish market where we also discovered several restaurants of Catania's nightlife. Stop in front of the Ursino Castle, the only medieval monument to survive the earthquake that destroyed the city of Catania in 1693. Admire the beautiful convents and churches that made Via Crocifera the most beautiful street of the Baroque. The tour ends at the place of the university listed as a UNESCO heritage site.

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What people are saying about Piazza dell'Università, Catania

Overall rating

4.7
(202 reviews)

The tour with Matteo was really great. The tour is perfect for getting your bearings in Catania and planning further activities. Matteo gave lots of tips on what to see and what excursions to take. He is very personable and nice. I can only recommend it!

Maria was an excellent guide. In 2 hours she gave us a lot of information on the city, its history and the sites.

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

Maria Luisa was wonderful. She was funny and with great knowledge of catania. Recommendedd

Very passionate guide who had a wealth of knowledge