Our city tour starts right when our friendly driver picks you up at your hotel to take you straight to the beating heart of Catania: “a Piscaria", a place where people improvise and tell about tales of the sea and its dangers.
Catania's market has long been a popular tourist destination and it's becoming even more so now simply because it's the best place where curious tourists can really get a feeling of authentic Sicilian life. We will stand and watch the spectacle before walking through the boisterous and colorful market while fishmongers yell out and locals buy their fresh delicacies.
Later we will start walking through Piazza Duomo, a triumph of Baroque style, a square boasting several buildings of great interest such as Palazzo dei Chierici, built at the beginning of the 18th century, and Palazzo degli Elefanti, now the Town Hall. At the center of the square lies the symbol of the city: a small elephant made of basalt, which in turn supports an obelisk. The tour continues to via dei Crociferi, a surprisingly short street lined with an incredible number of buildings that are definitely worth a visit.
Moving on to via Etnea, Catania's most vibrant street, we'll reach Piazza Stesicoro. Here, a walk through the ghostly underground tunnels of this well-preserved ancient structure will transport you back to the days of the Roman Empire.
After a break for lunch (at your own expense), we will conclude the city sightseeing at the Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò L'Arena, one of the largest and most beautiful monasteries in Europe.