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Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

1. Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

See another side to Sicily as you discover the natural beauty of Catania on this walking tour. Admire the Ursino Castle, walk around the squares and plazas and discover the famous sites. Meet your guide before departing on your adventure. Stroll the city center with your local guide who will fascinate you with the city's history. See monuments built centuries ago that are still standing to this day. Many of the structures you will witness date back to the Greek colonization of the city back in the 8th-century B.C. Enjoy this tour and see the following landmarks: the piazza Duomo, Pescheria, Castello Ursino, piazza San Francesco, via Teatro Greco, piazza Dante, via Gesuiti, scalinata Alessi, piazza Università, piazza Vincenzo Bellini, and the piazza San Placido. If you are in Catania, this tour is simply a must-do.

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Sicily: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

2. Sicily: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

On this informative tour, follow in the footsteps of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Discover the beautiful medieval villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò nestled on 2 beautiful hills where Francis Ford Coppola shot the famous movies. Explore the splendid hidden corners of Sicily as you go off the beaten path. Visit St. Lucy Church where Michael married Apollonia and the Cathedral of Forza d'Agrò where another wedding scene was shot. Enjoy a drink or lemon granita at Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone asked Mr. Vitelli if he could marry his daughter. Then, explore the beautiful Castello Degli Schiavi.

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Inspector Montalbano Locations Tour of Southeast Sicily

3. Inspector Montalbano Locations Tour of Southeast Sicily

Benefit from pick-up in Catania or Taormina, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle on a locations tour of the TV series "Inspector Montalbano" in southeast Sicily. Discover the real locations of imaginary sites such as Mànnara, the town of Vigata where the TV drama was set and the small fishing village of Punta Secca where Montalbano lived in fictional Marinella. Get the chance to enjoy lunch at the Da Enzo a Mare restaurant, where many scenes from the series, adapted from the novels by Andrea Camilleri, were shot.

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Catania Like a Local: Customized Private Walking Tour

4. 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 have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.

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Catania: Ursino Castle and Old Town Segway Tour

5. Catania: Ursino Castle and Old Town Segway Tour

Situated between the Ionian Sea and the slopes of Mt Etna, the town of Catania is rich in folklore, history, and beauty. On this guided Segway tour, you will be able to visit the entire Old Town. Start from the meeting point, where you'll learn how to use your Segway. From here we glide into the heart of the city to reach Piazza Duomo. Taking via Etnea, cross Piazza Università. From here, head to Piazza Vincenzo Bellini where there is the wonderful lyrical theater named after Vincenzo Bellini. Going along Via Etnea, you'll reach Piazza Stesicoro to see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater and the monument to Vincenzo Bellini; Catania’s Swan. Having covered another piece of vibrant Via Etnea, cross the green area of a public garden to reach the town's highest point where you can admire San Nicola church and the Benedictine’s Monastery. After that, continue riding your Segway to Piazza Federico di Svevia, where you will find Ursino Castle; a 13th-century structure that is the only surviving remnant of the medieval town.

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From Catania: Southeast Sicily Inspector Montalbano Tour

6. From Catania: Southeast Sicily Inspector Montalbano Tour

Experience Southeast Italy through the perspective of the popular Italian television series Inspector Montalbano. This tour visits the places of Inspector Montalbano, the series main character, in Punta Secca, Ragusa, and Scicli. Meet your guide in Catania and head to the quaint villa of Punta Secca. Visit the inspector's seafront house, Marinella. Continue on to Ragusa to explore the many alleyways of its historic center. Take note as you walk through the backdrop of many scenes in the series. Afterward, go to the town of Scicli. As you wander through its historic center admire the many Baroque buildings and churches featured in the series, including the town hall, which served as the location of the Vigata police station.

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Catania: Nighttime Street Food Small Group Tour

7. Catania: Nighttime Street Food Small Group Tour

Meet your guide in the main historical square of Catania. Walk through the backstreets of the pescheria area and try some local street food at locations carefully selected by your Catanese guide. Enjoy baked cipollina before your guide takes you to a secret underground tunnel where you'll discover the unexpected. This tour is made for real foodies who will really enjoy the third stop at the butcher. Try horse meatballs, one of the most renowned street foods of Eastern Sicily. Enjoy a beer and explore the Civita area to learn about local daily life. Try some more fried street food before reaching the beautiful Opera Square. Take a seat and enjoy a delicious pistachio granita. Your guide will unveil more than just street food to you - they'll also share the most intimate secrets of city life, discussing controversial topics and significant historical facts. This is your chance to know and enjoy an unfiltered Catania while avoiding the tourist traps.

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Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

8. Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

Discover the beautiful architecture and ancient history of Catania on this guided tour. Visit the Ursino Castle and the Cathedral of Sant'Agata, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage.  Start your day with a pickup, meet your local guide, and set off to explore the sites of Catania. First, you will visit the fish market - the biggest and the most colorful fish market in Sicily. Next, walk to Ursino Castle and be sure to take photos. Continue to Via Etnea and visit one of the oldest and most famous rosticceria bars. Taste Sicilian arancini's - delicious rice balls stuffed with meat ragout and peas. Stroll along until your reach Duomo Square. See the Elephant Fountain and visit the famous Cathedral - the most important church in Catania with a statue of the city's patron saint, Sant'Agatha.  Finally, you will walk around Piazza Stesicoro and see the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater.

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Catania: City Highlights Tour with Guide

9. Catania: City Highlights Tour with Guide

Discover the soul of the ancient city of Catania on a guided walking tour. Explore the historical center of Catania with a local guide. Gain insight into the history and architecture of this city with a local guide. Meet your guide at the Elephant Statue and symbol of Catania in Piazza del Duomo. Marvel at the stunning dome of the cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. See how lava stone has given a unique flair to churches and late Baroque palaces in Catania. Head to Pescheria, the vibrant historic fish market. Reach Crociferi street where you can see the ornate church of San Benedetto and the church of San Giuliano which is a stunning example of Catania Baroque. Finish at Etnea where there are ruins, historical buildings, and shopping. Have the option of purchasing an arancino, a Sicilian cannoli, or another delicacy.

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Catania: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

10. Catania: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

Meet your expert guide, then set off on your 3 hour tour around Catania. Visit some of the city’s most popular food spots, as well as hidden gems that only the locals know about.  Follow your guide as you walk through the atmospheric city streets, soaking up the sights and smells all around you. Then, pass by the famous Piazza Federico di Svevia and Castello Ursino. Along the way, sample a selection of traditional dishes and delicacies, and learn about the history of each dish. Highlights of the tour include a delicious arancini al ragu, spicy anchovies, and baked cipollina. You’ll also enjoy a fruit seltz drink and beer toast.  End the tour with a tasty brioche or ricotta minnuzza cake.

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What people are saying about Catania

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 83 reviews

Excellent tour by Alessio, an exceptional guide. The first stop on our day trip was at Bar Vitale. The Cappuccino I drank was the best I have ever had. From there it was to the Church in Savoca. Afterwards a short drive to Forza D Argo, which was used for Corleone in all 3 films. We took in these sights then had a nice lunch at a local Cafe which the movies production staff ate at. Pictures of the Town's filming locations adorned one wall. We added the extra option of a visit to Castello Degli Schiavi, Don Tommasino's Villa in the trilogy. It was there we were welcomed by the owner, The Baron. A very friendly and warm host, who gave us a tour of his home and showed us some very rare production items. The prop in front of his mansion made the hair stand up on the back of my neck with excitement. Make sure you add this on your tour as only a few operators are able to arrange this Alessio is one of them. This tour was the highlight of my trip to Sicily. Highly recommended.

Alessio was a great guide for the Godfather tour - a true film enthusiast with great knowledge of the region and production details. Despite pouring rain during parts of the tour it was a great experience and we could chat about a lot of film details, not only about the Godfaher trilogy but movies in general. We got to see prominent places of the movie as well as more hidden and secret spots which only true experts know. I really can recommend a private tour with Alessio when you are a fan of the Godfather trilogy or even as a movie fan in general.

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. We would not have enjoyed our visit to Catania without her insight and love for her city. It was a truly enjoyable 2+ hours.

It was a noce expwrience to go around Catania with a local person. We had good time thank you

Fantastic day with Alessio and we greatly enjoyed the tour and the chat.