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Best Free Tours in Catania
Catania is a gem flourishing under the shadow of Mt. Etna, a massive volcano that has devastated the city several times in history. When, in 17th century, a powerful earthquake also crumbled the city to ruins, the brave population took action to rebuild part of the city in Baroque style. The building material was, surprisingly, lava! This and much more is what you will learn with Free Walking Tours in Catania. For first-timers, we recommend booking the Essential City Tour of Catania —an easy introduction to the history, main archaeological highlights, gastronomy, famous characters and customs of the city led by an expert guide. There are, of course, Free Food Tours in Catania departing several times a week that will let you discover the real flavors of the best Sicilian cuisine in no-nonsense local eateries. Finally, there are some Free Catania by Night Tours where guests will experience the magical atmosphere of the city after sunset.
Highlights of a Free Tour in Catania
Did you know that a black elephant is the symbol of the second biggest city in Sicily? Join Free Tours in Catania and discover the best attractions in the city as you walk with a passionate guide that will share interesting information about each landmark! Along your Catania Free Walking Tour, you will explore Piazza del Duomo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will enjoy the majestic sight of the City Hall (Palace of the Elephants), the Cathedral of Saint Agatha, the Castello Ursino, the Roman Amphitheater, the Palazzo Biscari, and much more. Music lovers will particularly enjoy the stunning façade of the Massimo Bellini Theater, dedicated to the memory of this famous local composer. The Palazzo Platamone is currently a cultural venue hosting concerts and exhibitions that will interest all art lovers. And of course, at the Fountain of the Elephant, you will learn the meaning behind this whimsical statue!
Things to Do in Catania
Catania is home to great architectural wonders, but there’s so much else to see and to do in this city! La Pescheria, just in the old town, is one the best attractions in Catania. This riotous weekday fish market surrounded by seafood restaurants will be a nice way to discover the colorful Sicilian culture. And do not leave without trying at least one cannolo o one arancino, probably the better-known Sicilian treats! After a day of sightseeing in bustling Catania, you might feel like taking a stroll around a quiet park. Then you should walk up charming Via Etna and head to Villa Bellini. This landscaped park, the oldest green area in the city, is perfect to unwind and take great photos. Some of the best outdoor activities in Catania take place around Mount Etna and the Cyclopean Islands. In the former, travelers can go hiking and cycling; the latter is ideal for kayaking, snorkeling and diving.