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Catania is your gateway to the majestic Mount Etna and the enchanting villages that live in its imposing 10,902-foot shadow. The towns of Taormina and Castelmola may date back to antiquity but their medieval structures are postcard perfect. For a look at Greek and Roman life be sure to visit Siracusa, home to stunning amphitheaters and Piazza Armerina, site of the spectacular Villa del Casale. But there's much to discover in Catania, as well. Following a catastrophic eruption and earthquake in the 17th century the city was rebuilt to reflect the times. The result is a treasure trove of Baroque architecture, acclaimed as the best in all of Sicily. From its exalted history to its scenic environs Catania will never fail to delight, inspire and surprise.

Points of Interest

  • The village of Piazza Armerina
  • Town of Savoca
  • Siracusa (Syracuse)
  • Catania
  • Sicilian Food or Wine
  • Mt. Etna
  • Taormina
  • Greek Theater

More about Sicily (Catania), Italy Points of Interest

  • The village of Piazza Armerina -

    Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Roman villa embellished with mosaics, this quaint town reveals a glorious history through its architecture. Stroll through this showcase of baroque-style monuments, Arab-influenced houses and magnificent palaces.

  • Town of Savoca -

    This mountaintop village is famously known for the catacombs of its Capuchin monastery and its starring role in The Godfather films. Movie buffs will enjoy exploring its narrow streets, identifying key locations and reenacting favorite scenes.

  • Siracusa (Syracuse) -

    Originally founded as a Greek colony in 734 B.C. this ancient town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural significance. Explore its Roman and Greek ruins, baroque architecture, and Duomo, a massive cathedral once a Greek temple.

  • Catania -

    Sicily's second-largest city is a vibrant metropolis noted for its baroque architecture and collections of art and artifacts. Take in the Piazza del Duomo and its famous Elephant Fountain, then sample local fare and enjoy the banter at the colorful markets.

  • Sicilian Food or Wine -

    A cornucopia of cultures, Sicily has been endowed over the centuries with Greek, French, Arab and Spanish influences, contributing to the complexity of its cuisine. One of Europe's oldest homes of viticulture, its wines pair perfectly with the local gastronomy.

  • Mt. Etna -

    Europe's tallest and most active volcano has erupted over 130 times in recorded history. Enjoy views of the summit as well as the town of Catania, buried by an eruption over 300 years ago.

  • Taormina -

    This has been a coastal resort town since Roman times. You'll find remnants of its Greek and Roman history, a fine medieval quarter and castle ruins, and many modern shops and restaurants.

  • Greek Theater -

    Built in the 3rd-century B.C, with some alterations made during the Roman era, this ancient theater in Taormina is still perfectly conserved. It's still used today for concerts and classical productions.

16 Excursions

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Piazza Armerina & Villa Del Casale

8 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-115 C T A - 1 1 5

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From $159.95

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The Godfather on Location

5.45 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-120 C T A - 1 2 0

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From $64.95

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Ortygia at Siracusa

8 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-125 C T A - 1 2 5

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From $174.95

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Easy Catania and Coastline

3.5 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-290 C T A - 2 9 0

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From $69.95

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Sicilian Wine Tasting

4 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-305 C T A - 3 0 5

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From $79.95

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Silvestri Craters & Sicilian Wine

7 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-315 C T A - 3 1 5

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From $124.95

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Local Connections: Cooking & Gardening with the Bonaiuto Family

6 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-320 C T A - 3 2 0

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $209.95

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Taormina Walking Tour

4.5 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-380 C T A - 3 8 0

Moderate Activity

From $89.95

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Catania Adventure: Trek Around Crateri Silvestri on Mount Etna

4.5 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-385 C T A - 3 8 5

Moderate Activity

From $44.95

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Catania Adventure: 4x4 Jeep Adventure on Mt Etna

8 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-460 C T A - 4 6 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From $269.95

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Catania by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-900 C T A - 9 0 0

Easy Activity

From $1399.95

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Catania by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-905 C T A - 9 0 5

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From $1299.95

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Catania Private Vehicle - Van Class Half Day (With Guide)

4 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-910 C T A - 9 1 0

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From $1099.95

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Catania by Private Vehicle - Car Class Half Day (With Guide)

4 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-915 C T A - 9 1 5

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From $949.95

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Catania by Private Vehicle - Van Class Half Day (Driver Only)

4 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-930 C T A - 9 3 0

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From $749.95

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Catania by Private Vehicle - Car Class Half Day (Driver Only)

4 hours | Sicily (Catania) | CTA-935 C T A - 9 3 5

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From $649.95

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