Via Crociferi

Via Crociferi: 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 Street Food Tour

3. Catania Street Food Tour

Experience the amazing street food scene of Catania like a local, and get an historical overview of the city along the way. Explore the enchanting alleys and squares of the Old Town and sample a selection of tasty produce. Marvel at the Baroque architecture of Piazza Duomo before you visit a market to try some local cheeses, olives and oil. Continue along Via Crociferi to reach the remains of the Roman amphitheater on Piazza Stesicoro. Discover the famous Pasticceria Savia that serves the best arancini in the city. Sample a specialty made of puff pastry, tomato, onion, mozzarella and ham. Cross the largest market to try a unique sparkling drink at the Chiosco Costa. Move on to the port area to try some horse-meat meatballs barbecued on hot coals. End with a sweet-tooth tasting of some authentic cannoli with ricotta or Sicilian granita. Receive a unique gift that details all your tasty treats.

Catania: City Highlights Tour with Guide

4. 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

5. 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: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

6. Catania: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

Meet your expert guide, then set off on your 3-hour tour around Catania. Visit some of the city’s most popular food spots, as well as hidden gems that only the locals know about.  Follow your guide as you walk through the atmospheric city streets, soaking up the sights and smells all around you. Then, pass by the famous Piazza Federico di Svevia and Castello Ursino. Along the way, sample a selection of traditional dishes and delicacies, and learn about the history of each dish. Highlights of the tour include a delicious arancini al ragu, spicy anchovies, and baked cipollina. You’ll also enjoy a fruit seltz drink and beer toast.  End the tour with a tasty brioche or ricotta minnuzza cake.

Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

7. 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 Street Food Tour

8. Catania Street Food Tour

Wander through the charming alleys and squares of Catania downtown, indulging in a variety of delicious local treats. Admire the Baroque architecture of Piazza Duomo with the Town Hall, the wonderful St. Agata's Cathedral, the Obelisk of the elephant or “Liotru” (symbol of the city) and the Amenano fountain before venturing to the nearby Market to savor local cheeses, olives, and oil. Follow Via Crociferi, a small jewel of baroque art and churches often immortalized by the greatest Italian filmmakers, to finally arrive in front of the ruins of the Roman amphitheater on Piazza Stesicoro. Make a stop at Pasticceria Savia, known for preparing the finest "Arancini" in Catania. Taste the specialty crafted "Cipollina" made with puff pastry, tomato, mozzarella, ham and onion. Traverse the bustling City market to get to Chiosco Costa and experience a "Seltz" which is a fresh sparkling drink. Proceed to the port area to savor grilled horse-meat meatballs. Conclude your culinary journey by sampling the real "Cannolo" filled with ricotta or the Sicilian "Granita". As a memento, receive a special gift detailing all the delectable treats you've enjoyed.

2 hours guided tour of Catania

9. 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: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

10. Catania: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

You will start the tour by visiting the Cathedral, in the heart of Piazza Duomo, accompanied by a local guide. After that, you will enter Catania's fish market, where you will taste typical products and the best fried fish in town. The next stop will take you to Via Crociferi, famous for its churches, followed by Via Etnea, Catania's main street, and Piazza Stesicoro, where the splendid Amphitheater is located. Nearby, you'll find the historic Bar Savia, where you can taste the best arancini in town, and next you'll go to Panetteria Pacini, where you can taste the famous "cipollina," a unique specialty of Catania cuisine. The next destination is to Catania's most important kiosk, Chiosco Costa, where you will drink the typical Sicilian fizzy drink made with Selz and syrups. Opposite the harbor, the penultimate stop of the tour awaits you, where you will enjoy a mixed meat dish with horse meatballs and "Cipollata." At the last stop you will have reserved a delicious dessert, the famous Sicilian ricotta cannolo, cassatella and almond paste or Sicilian granita, depending on the time of year. To conclude this guided street food discovery tour, you will receive a souvenir postcard "The Elephant's Way," where all the stops and different foods tasted during the tour will be marked.

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(5 reviews)

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.

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!

Alessandra was very informative and outgoing. She told us many interesting things about the city, and showed us a few of the landmarks of Catania. The traditional dishes we tasted were very delicious.

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

Very passionate guide who had a wealth of knowledge