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  • Etna: Guided Climbing Tour to Summit Craters

    1. Etna: Guided Climbing Tour to Summit Craters

    Climb up Mount Etna and tour its summit craters with a guide. Take in rewarding views as you reach the top.

    After a briefing at the mobile information point, your excursion will start, up to the top of Mount. Etna at 3,300 meters. Take the cable car to quickly gain altitude up to 2,500 meters and then with special 4x4 minibusses, go up to 2,900 meters, near Torre del Filosofo.  During the 2-hour ascent, take 2-3 intermediate breaks to enjoy the view. Travel through the lunar-looking lava fields that will lead you under the summit craters.

    With a final demanding climb, reach the summit of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Admire the peculiarities that characterize the summit area.  Descend on foot to the upper station of the cable car that will take you back to the starting point.

    The trek was amazing. I couldn't fault the staff at all. Warm welcome and super interesting guides. We had Massimo who was a fantastic guide and knew an exceptional amount about the volcano. I'd highly recommend a trek if you feel up for it.

  • Godfather Private Tour with Optional Wine Tasting and Lunch

    2. Godfather Private Tour with Optional Wine Tasting and Lunch

    Enjoy the sights and tastes of Italy à la The Godfather in the company of a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or port at a time suitable to you before beginning your tour in Savoca, a medieval hilltop town where the fictitious Michael Corleone hid out during the "Going to the Mattresses" scene. In Savoca, you will stop at Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly as it did in the movie. At Bar Vitelli, you will be invited to take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun, see pictures from The Godfather movie, enjoy the view from the square where the wedding scene was filmed and purchase souvenirs. The highlight, however, will be an optional tasting of Sicilian cannoli and lemon granita. Your next stop will be the church of Santa Lucia, where Michael and Apollonia got married. You will follow in the footsteps of the newlyweds down the hill in...

    We had an amazing all-day private Godfather tour with Marco! The experience is worth having for anyone visiting Sicilia: history, movie sites, bar, stunning views, distant villages where you’re welcome with treats like caponata and parmigiana. All that and a great attention to details from Marco and his boss, made this trip a true highlight of our vacation. Love Italy!

  • Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

    3. Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

    Your personal guide will pick you up from your hotel/ port and you will start your wonderful private tour around the top Etna wineries. Driving by comfortable, air-conditioned car through the small authentic mountain villages, you will admire unforgettable picturesque views of the Sicilian countryside full of oranges and lemon plantations, olives and almond trees, houses and churches built of lava stone. The Mount Etna eruptions feed the soil, and that is why this region is considered to be one of the best in the world for growing grapes and wine production. You will visit the three best wineries at the Etna slopes. Wines from these wineries are on the top lists of premium international wine associations. The first venue will be a family run winery, world-famous with its outstanding wines. Here, you will be welcomed by the owner with a glass of an awesome white wine aperitif. Sipping re...

    We were picked up at 10.30am by Roberto, our tour guide.As we sped along in his battered Ford he explained about the lava, it's use in building and architecture,it's fertile minerals,the importance of the sun,the wind,the rain and the old ways of making wine. We started with a small producer, meeting up with two other couples and their guides.We sampled a white, a rose and two reds, all generously poured, the perfumed white proved to be our favourite of the day. Next we went to a slightly bigger outfit where we sat down at tables and were given a light meal of foccacia, sun-dried tomatoes, aubergine pickled with celery, olives marinated with fennel, small slices of salami and cubes of cheese. Still only the three couples, we sampled a white, a rose, two reds and a red dessert wine. Lastly we went to the Gambino estate, the panoramic view was simply stunning.Pleasantly full and slightly stupified we relaxed in the back of the Ford instead worrying about the cracked windscreen!

  • From Catania: Mount Etna Half-Day Tour and Wine Experience

    4. From Catania: Mount Etna Half-Day Tour and Wine Experience

    Start with pickup from your hotel and begin your exploration of Mount Etna. Start by discovering some craters on a trek led by an expert multilingual naturalistic guide. Along the route, admire the ancient lava flows and breathtaking landscapes. Explore a lava cave with helmets and torches. After exploring Mount Etna, discover the famous wine of the region, notable for its distinct characteristics given by the fertile, mineral-rich soil surrounding the volcano. Taste a selection of local wines, and enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch made with local products.

  • Catania Street Food Tour

    5. 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 ...

    Found this tour very interesting. Learnt a lot about the history and really enjoyed the food. Glad we did it.

  • Catania Like a Local: Customized Private Walking Tour

    6. Catania Like a Local: Customized Private Walking Tour

    Escape the endless historical facts of many sightseeing tours and discover Catania like a local. Get assigned a local host who will show you what it is really like to live in the city! Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Chat with a local who is passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. As they are not professionals, and only do tours occasionally, they provide an experience that is authentic and personal. Meet where you are staying to get familiar with the neighborhood. Find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around and the hidden gems you might otherwise miss. Learn about cultural differences, local events and what it’s like to be a true resident of the city. By the end of the experience, you will feel more comfortable navigating on your own, confident that you ...

    Antonella was a spectacular guide for this city. As a resident she knew all of the wonders of Catania. After the tour, my wife wanted to purchase baking pans that cannot be found in the USA. Antonella knew where to purchase them and took us there. A great day.

  • Mt. Etna South Side Day Tour

    7. Mt. Etna South Side Day Tour

    This is a 1-day excursion by bus from Taormina to Mount Etna. The highest volcano in Europe (10,922 feet high), its smoking peak can be seen throughout Sicily with seismic activity constantly changing its shape. There are 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters. You'll be picked up from Taormina at 08:30 AM from where you'll be driven to the Etna refuge. From here, you'll be able to trek around the the Silvestri’s Craters at 1.900 meters. You then have the option (at extra cost) to head to the top of the volcano by funicular and a 4x4-wheel drive. Eruptions at the summit are extremely spectacular, but rarely threaten the inhabited areas around the volcano. An eruption in 1669 lasted 122 days and destroyed several towns. Since then, there have been countless summit eruptions and at least 60 flank erup...

    The leader is very knowledgeable, providing information in 3 languages. We were very pleased with her!

  • Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

    8. Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

    Learn to cook like a real Sicilian in a typical palazzo located in Catania city center and get hands-on help preparing your own lunch or dinner from a friendly cook. Enter the home of your cook and teacher, Claudia, located in the heart of Catania, very close to all historic attractions, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, and theaters. Along with her husband, she has developed a refined menu of Sicilian recipes, using fresh produce and raw materials from the island. During your lesson, discover how to prepare the fish and vegetables bought from the local market and use olive oil produced in Sicily. Prepare a typical four-course meal composed of dishes based on the Sicilian tradition such as tomato and eggplants pasta or anchovies, flan, pasta with zucchini and pistachios, vegetable rolls with orange, and, of course, Panna cotta from the Etna region, all paired with local red wines.

    My husband and I enjoyed our time with Anna! She was a great host and amazing cook. Her passion for food is evident in her explanations in different types of food, wheat, flour... Apparently food runs in her family's blood! We made a delicious caponata, trapanese pesto and fresh pasta. She made us work for our lunch which is exactly what we look for in a cooking class. Definitely recommend her!

  • Etna: Wine Tasting Tour

    9. Etna: Wine Tasting Tour

    First stop of the Etna Wine Tasting Tour will be the medieval towns of Linguaglossa or Castiglione di Sicilia – depending on the schedule of the Tour. A walk through the historic center of these villages gives you an opportunity to visit the beautiful Cathedral of Linguaglossa, or the majestic Norman castle in Castiglione di Sicilia. Breathe the peaceful life of two of the most beautiful villages at the feet of the Volcano. Breakfast or snacks will be offered to start the day. Next, you will move on to an Etna winery dating back to the 1980s, and meet an expert sommelier who will introduce you to the world of Etna wines. Learn the story behind the production of each bottle, from pruning to harvesting. Finally, led by the sommelier, you will have the opportunity to taste six different wines, not only from Mount Etna. Finally, stop at a winery in Linguaglossa where you will meet with a f...

    Highly recommend to anyone interested in wine. The tour was excellent and made by the amazing group we were fortunate to be part of. The wine and food were delicious and our guide was very knowledgeable and safe through all of the windy roads. If you're in Catania, fancy a day trip and like wine, do this one. Scenery is also breathtaking.

  • Catania: Evening City Secrets and Aperitif Tour

    10. Catania: Evening City Secrets and Aperitif Tour

    Begin your experience touring the historical center of Catania. This area is surrounded by legends, whether it’s the Elephant Fountain or the cathedral with its venerable patroness Saint Agatha. Moving on, discover the Biscari Palace - which is still owned by a Sicilian aristocratic family, or the Roman Spa. Following that, hear about Greek artifacts that date back to the 7th century B.C., as well as parts of the city which contain traces of Prehistoric times. Towards the latter end of your tour, encounter the monumental Benedictine Monastery of Saint Nicolò, where the acropolis of the ancient city stood. Finally, cap off your tour with a Sicilian aperitif experience. This conclusion to your tour sees you sipping an aperitif and tasting the best Italian street food in a place where locals meet.

    Due to COVID travel restrictions, we decided to do a "staycation" activity. Some features of this tour had to be modified due to COVID (e.g. cafe's now close at 6 pm), but the walking tour portion was informative and our guide, Anna knew much about the history of Catania. An enjoyable evening!

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What people are saying about Province of Catania

We had an amazing all-day private Godfather tour with Marco! The experience is worth having for anyone visiting Sicilia: history, movie sites, bar, stunning views, distant villages where you’re welcome with treats like caponata and parmigiana. All that and a great attention to details from Marco and his boss, made this trip a true highlight of our vacation. Love Italy!

Funny, knowledgeable, and easy going guides took us on a wonderful hike up the volcano. We were never concerned about safety or pushing the limits. Max did an incredible job navigating the terrain and explaining every feature we encountered! Super easy to book and clear instructions were sent to us before arrival.

Super experience. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and took plenty of time so to enable everyone to truly enjoy this hike. I’d recommend anyone coming to Sicily to give this a go.

Positive experience, our guide (Fabio) was very knowledgeable helping to make our experience unforgettable

Very good experience I recommend Very attentive and fun guide