Sicily (Catania), Italy

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.

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Points of Interest

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

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  • 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.

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Catania Adventure: Trek Around Crateri Silvestri on Mount Etna

4.5 hours | Sicily (Catania) | C T A - 3 8 5
  • Mt. Etna

Lace up your walking shoes for a trek around Sicily's most iconic landmark-Mount Etna. Behold the beauty of Crateri Silvestri as you walk along the edge, marvel at the fertile farmlands that rose from multiple eruptions and learn how Catania was changed forever when Europe's largest volcano exploded 300 years ago.

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Military Landing Museum & Catania Sights

3.5 hours | Sicily (Catania) | C T A - 2 1 0
  • Catania

Learn how Catania played a vital role in Italy's liberation from fascism with a guided tour of the Allied Landing Museum. Intriguing dioramas, artifacts, bunkers, vehicles, Red Cross tents and testimonials are among the dramatic displays detailing the World War II military campaign.

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The Godfather on Location

5.45 hours | Sicily (Catania) | C T A - 1 2 0
  • Town of Savoca

Attention, "Godfather" fans! Step into Hollywood history with the ultimate "Godfather" tour and visit the sites that starred in all three blockbuster films. Travel to Savoca and see the church where Michael and Apollonia were married and walk in the footsteps of Don Corelone in the town of Forza d'Agro.

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Easy Catania and Coastline

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

Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing tour of Catania and the charming villages that dot the lovely coastline. Delight in the Baroque sights of Old Town, rebuilt after a devastating eruption and earthquake. Pass through the village of Acitrezza, featured in Homer's "Odyssey" and stop for photos at a Norman castle.

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Sicilian Wine Tasting

4 hours | Sicily (Catania) | C T A - 3 0 5
  • Sicilian Food or Wine

Sip and savor the aromatic flavors of wines specially grown on the slopes of Mount Etna. After a wine tasting at one of the region's most prestigious wineries you'll travel to Zafferana for a look at the lava flows that resulted from the eruptions of 1991 to 1993.

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Taormina Walking Tour

4.5 hours | Sicily (Catania) | C T A - 3 8 0
  • Greek Theater
  • Taormina

Walk through the pages of history with a guided tour of ancient Taormina. View many of the town's most historic landmarks including the 15th century Palazzo Corvaja and the well-preserved 2,300-year-old Greco Roman Theater. Then, shop 'til you drop along medieval Corso Umberto, the city's most popular street.

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Silvestri Craters & Sicilian Wine

7 hours | Sicily (Catania) | C T A - 3 1 5
  • Sicilian Food or Wine

Learn how Mother Nature's powerful forces turned Mount Etna's rich volcanic soil into the perfect medium for growing grapes. Following a scenic walk around the famous Silvestri Craters, enjoy a tour and a generous lunch at the San Michele Estate whose award-winning wines have graced Sicilian tables since 1860.

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Piazza Armerina & Villa Del Casale

8 hours | Sicily (Catania) | C T A - 1 1 5
  • The village of Piazza Armerina

Walk in the footsteps of the Roman emperor Maximian with a tour of his magnificent Imperial Roman villa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Behold the amazing mosaics, which cover more than 12,000 square feet. Then, enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of Catania en route to your ship.

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Ortygia at Siracusa

8 hours | Sicily (Catania) | C T A - 1 2 5
  • Siracusa (Syracuse)

Set out on an epic journey to Siracusa where Hellenic, early Christian, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque buildings line cobbled squares and narrow streets. Cross the bridge to the island of Ortygia and admire Siracusa Cathedral, then walk through a time capsule of ancient landmarks including the Greek Theater and the Roman Amphitheater.

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Best of Castelmola and Taormina

8 hours | Sicily (Catania) | C T A - 1 0 0
  • Taormina
  • Greek Theater

Soak up the splendor of Taormina and Castelmola, two enchanting villages with deep roots in the ancient past. Behold the magnitude of Taormina's most famous Greco-Roman Theater, once the site of gladiator battles. In nearby Castelmola, stroll the labyrinth of charming streets that wind around the picturesque Piazza del Duomo.

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Local Connections: Cooking & Gardening with the Bonaiuto Family

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

Indulge in a taste of Sicily with an excursion to the quiet village of Mascalucia, home of the beautiful Villa Trinità. Following a walking tour of the impressive grounds take a culinary tour of the Villa's restaurant and join the owners for a cooking demonstration and a delicious Sicilian lunch.

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Catania Adventure: 4x4 Jeep Adventure on Mt Etna

8 hours | Sicily (Catania) | C T A - 4 6 0
  • Mt. Etna

Witness centuries of Mount Etna's destructive powers on a jaw-dropping 4x4 Jeep adventure. Drive through a lunar landscape of lava formations, summit craters, and cinder cones. Your camera will be working overtime when you visit the impenetrable cliffs of Valle del Bove and hike along Alcantara Gorge.

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