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How to Spend 3 Days in Catania

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How to Spend 3 Days in Catania
The port city of Catania is the second largest municipality on Sicily and an excellent place to explore the island’s history and culture. Enjoy the local architecture and bustling food markets, then enjoy a helicopter trip over Mount Etna and a cruise along the coast. Here are a few ways to spend 3 days in Catania. 

Day 1: Flavors of Catania
Begin your trip by diving into local culture with a food-focused tour. A street food-focused tour will include stops at markets, bakeries, and street food stalls. If you want a more hands-on experience, opt for a tour and cooking class combo that takes you to a fish market to shop for local ingredients, then teaches you how to make traditional Sicilian dishes. Once the cooking is done, feast on the dishes you’ve prepared in a multi-course meal that includes local wines. 

In the afternoon, take a guided trip of the city to get your bearings. Learn about local architecture and history as you cruise through Catania quickly on a Segway tour. Stops include top landmarks such as the 13th-century Ursino Castle, the Piazza Duomo, and the gardens of Villa Bellini. 

Day 2: Mount Etna Hiking and Helicopters
Discover Sicily’s natural beauty with a visit to nearby Mount Etna. Several types of tours are available: Choose a wine-focused tour to visit vineyards at the base of the volcano, learn about Sicilian winemaking methods, and taste several varieties. Alternatively, you can head out on a sightseeing tour that includes a stop at the nearby town Taormina, which boasts a stunning ancient Greek theater. You can also get a bird’s eye view of Mount Etna with a helicopter ride. Adventurous travelers may want to opt for tours that include exploring the volcano’s ancient lava tunnels or a canyoneering trip to the Alcantara Gorges. Complete your visit to Mount Etna with a relaxing wine tasting or an early evening hike along lava fields to watch the sunset.

Day 3: Day Trips by Land and Sea
On your last day, head out on a day trip to see more of Sicily. As a port, Catania is the base for a variety of boat tours. Take a sailing tour, and learn basic sailing skills, then go swimming and snorkeling while you cruise along the coastline. Or spend a day on a sightseeing cruise. Some boat tours have an adventure focus and offer scuba diving and fishing. 

Alternatively, spend the day visiting Sicily’s charming small towns, such as the historic towns of Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto. Move buffs can choose a tour that goes to locations where the Godfather movies were filmed. Most trips (regardless of the focus) include free time to allow you to explore the towns’ charming squares and back streets. In the evening, return to Catania for a lesson in the art of the Italian aperitivo and a last night enjoying the city’s nightlife.
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Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

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Marvel over the geological wonders of Mount Etna, then visit the elegant resort town of Taormina on this action-packed full-day tour from Catania. Soak up the dramatic scenery of Europe’s highest active volcano as you visit the hilltop resort of Rifugio Sapienza; ride the cable car to the 9,514-foot (2,900-meter) peak of Mount Etna (optional) and explore a natural lava cave. Then, cool off with a swim on Isola Bella island, before spending the afternoon enjoying Taormina’s medieval churches, ancient Greek theater, and lively shopping district.
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  • 9 hours
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Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

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Experience a different side of Sicily on a full-day tour to Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Your guide shares informative commentary about the history, geology, and wildlife of Mt. Etna as you take nature walks, tour a cave created by lava flows, and see old volcanic craters. Select from hiking or cable car options to customize your visit, then end the day with a wine tasting accompanied by a platter of delicious local foods. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Catania.
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  • 7 hours
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$103.20
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Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Catania

Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Catania

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Enjoy a physical perspective of Sicily on a tour to Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. Do a little trekking, check out an old crater and lava flow caves, and admire gorgeous views of the mountain and surrounding landscape at sunset. Plus, stop by a farm to taste local products like honey and wine. Hotel pickup in Catania is included.
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  • 6 hours
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Small-group Taormina Coastline and Isola Bella Boat Tour

Small-group Taormina Coastline and Isola Bella Boat Tour

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See why Taormina earned the nickname ‘the Pearl of the Ionian’ while exploring its picturesque coastline from the water. On this half-day boat tour, get the best perspective of dramatic sea caves, the Grotta Azurra and Capo Taormino as your captain navigates along the rocky shore and through spectacular bays. Splash into the crystal-clear waters for a swim, and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch with views of the Isola Bella island nature reserve.
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  • 4 hours
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Fish market tour and hands-on cooking class in Sicily

Fish market tour and hands-on cooking class in Sicily

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Discover Catania’s unique culinary tradition during this 4-hour hands-on cooking class. Begin the tour at the historic fish market to select your fresh ingredients for your meal. Then head to the guide’s apartment to prepare a 3-course meal from a menu of Italian specialties such as bruschetta, gratin mussels, risotto, fresh ravioli, swordfish, stuffed squid and more. Then sit down and enjoy your freshly prepared meal that you created.
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  • 4 hours
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Catania Sailing Tour

Catania Sailing Tour

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Spend your afternoon sailing—and swimming—along the Coast of the Cyclops. The 10-passenger yacht offers a small-group experience, allowing for anyone to learn the basics of sailing. Help to steer the boat if you’d like, and dive in at Ulysses’ Grotto. Toast your Catania sailing trip with a glass of provided Prosecco and a Sicilian aperitif. Bonus: booking this tour supports a non-profit mission to promote sustainable life at sea.
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  • 3 hours
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Syracuse Ortigia and Noto Day Trip from Catania

Syracuse Ortigia and Noto Day Trip from Catania

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Delve into ancient Roman and Greek history on a visit to both Neapolis Archaeological Park and Ortygia Island in Syracuse. Neapolis is home to some of Syracuse's most notable ruins, including a massive Greek amphitheater that is still used for performances during the summer months. Marvel at age-old quarries and a Roman amphitheater where gladiators fought each other to the death. Afterward, head over to Ortygia Island―a small island that serves as Syracuse's historic center―and nearby Noto, a stunning town filled with exquisite, photo-worthy baroque architecture.
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  • 8 hours
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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania

Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania

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The volcanic landscapes around Mt. Etna draw travelers from far and wide, but reaching the highest peaks can be a challenge. This adventurous full-day tour from Catania includes food-tastings in Zafferana Etnea and a visit to the Parco dell’Etna. Delve into a lava cave with a guide, marvel at Italy’s volcanic landscape from the Rifugio Sapienza, and explore the Alcantara Gorges—home to lava formations shaped over millions of years.
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  • 9 hours
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Taormina, Savoca and Castelmola one day tour small group

Taormina, Savoca and Castelmola one day tour small group

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Sicily’s small towns bring sea views, medieval and ancient history, and vibrant culture. This full-day tour visits the towns of Taormina, Savoca, and Castelmola in a small group setting. Your first stop is medieval Savoca and its Bar Vitelli, where scenes from The Godfather were filmed. Next, you’ll explore the terraced seaside town of Taormina, followed by the mountaintop town of Castelmola.
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  • 8 hours
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Mount Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour from Taormina

Mount Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour from Taormina

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Spend a day discovering Europe’s highest active volcano and lava caves on this Mt. Etna tour. As you travel from Taormina or Giardini Naxos, learn all about the infamous Sicilian volcano from a guide. Then, leave the vehicle to trek along the trails of Parco dell’Etna, and visit an intriguing lava cave back at ground level. On your return to Catania, you have time for one last stop at an organic farm where samples of wine and honey await.
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  • 6 hours
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Catania Street Food Walking Tour

Catania Street Food Walking Tour

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Discover the street food and snacks of Catania on a daytime walking tour around the city. Visit the main piazza, and the elegant Via dei Crociferi or Benedettini enclave, learning about Catania’s food and its place in Sicilian culture as you stroll. Sample treats at market stalls and bakeries, and then leave armed with tips for the best places to eat in town. A food 'passport' is included so you can keep track of your favorite bites along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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The Godfather Tour from Catania

The Godfather Tour from Catania

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Perfect for movie-buffs and die-hard “Godfather” fans, this walking tour takes you deep into the Sicilian settings of the Francis Ford Coppola classic. You’ll get a first-hand peek at backdrops for the film’s standout scenes. Discover hidden landmarks along the way, like a 15th-century synagogue and Roman-built village centers. Admire spectacular views along the Ionian coast with free time to explore at your own pace.
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  • 7 hours
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Catania Segway Tour

Catania Segway Tour

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Glide through the historic streets of Catania on a 3-hour Segway tour. Follow a local guide through the UNESCO-listed city center, passing the Fountain of the Elephant, the bustling street of Via Etnea and the park of Villa Bellini. Pause to admire the 13th-century Castle Ursino and learn more about the city’s medieval history. Your tour will conclude back at your original departure point.
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  • 3 hours
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The art of the Italian Aperitivo with a local: Learn & Enjoy in Catania

The art of the Italian Aperitivo with a local: Learn & Enjoy in Catania

Your day in Catania is just winding down, the sun's about to set... It's time for an Aperitivo. This glamorous Italian tradition is loved all over the world, and this is your chance to learn how to prepare it for yourself, the perfect souvenir.  Preparing the perfect aperitivo is an art; you will learn how to prepare a selection of five elegant nibbles to pair with with a refreshing glass of fizz, ideal for sharing with friends in the early evening. Your aperitivo will be a bite-size representation of its local culture, using typical regional ingredients and local wines, such as a sparkling prosecco or a light red. This experience is held by Cesarine: Italy’s oldest network of 1000+ home cooks all over the country in more than 500 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.
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  • 2 hours
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$124.56
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Etna and Taormina Helicopter Tour

Etna and Taormina Helicopter Tour

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Sicily’s spectacular natural landscapes and ancient attractions from the air on a 35-minute helicopter tour. Soar above Taormina’s dramatic coastline to fully appreciate how it earned the nickname ‘the Pearl of the Ionian,’ and get an unbeatable aerial perspective of its ancient Greek theater perched on a cliff. Then, fly over the lava fields and crater of majestic Mt Etna for a bird’s-eye view of Europe’s largest active volcano.
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  • 2 hours 35 minutes
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