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Catania: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

1. 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.

Catania: Street Food Walking Tour

2. Catania: Street Food Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the exquisite food of Sicily on a street food walking tour through Catania, and gain fascinating insights into the culinary traditions of the town from an expert guide. Tuck into arancino, stuffed Italian rice balls coated with bread crumbs, a staple of Sicilian cuisine. Savor the taste of granita, a semi-frozen dessert, and sip on Seltz Limone e Sale, the typical refreshment drunk on the beaches around Catania. Satisfy that sweet tooth by gorging on cannolo, Italian pastries which contain a creamy filling. Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about the local culture as you make your way through a traditional fish market and the winding alleyways of the Old Town.

Catania: Nighttime Street Food Small Group Tour

3. 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.

Catania Street Food Tour

4. Catania Street Food Tour

Set off on a journey through the flavors, aromas, and gastronomic traditions of Catania. Start from the meeting point in Piazza Duomo 18, in front of the pharmacy. Admire the Town Hall, the wonderful St. Agata's Cathedral, the Obelisk of the elephant or “Liotru” (symbol of the city) and the Amenano fountain. Continue on Via Etnea, Catania's main street whose name comes from the Etna volcano, visible from the beginning to the end of the boulevard. Pass through Piazza Università with its magnificent baroque buildings, erected after the destruction of the earthquake of 1693. Discover Via dei Crociferi, a small jewel of baroque art and churches, often immortalized by the greatest Italian filmmakers. During the walk, taste a good selection of local products. Savor refreshing drinks that you can taste in the kiosks in the central squares, such as lemon mandarin, and seltz lemon and salt. Sample fried fish enjoyed in the fish market, the iconic “Arancino", and you will finish the experience with local pastries.  Enjoy the afternoon with your guide, visiting the most important monuments and discovering the secrets of Sicilian gastronomy.

Catania Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

5. Catania Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Catania: Evening City Secrets and Aperitif Tour

6. Catania: Evening City Secrets and Aperitif Tour

Begin your experience touring the historical center of Catania. This area is surrounded by legends, whether it’s the Elephant Fountain or the cathedral with its venerable patroness Saint Agatha. Moving on, discover the Biscari Palace - which is still owned by a Sicilian aristocratic family, or the Roman Spa. Following that, hear about Greek artifacts that date back to the 7th century B.C., as well as parts of the city which contain traces of Prehistoric times. Towards the latter end of your tour, encounter the monumental Benedictine Monastery of Saint Nicolò, where the acropolis of the ancient city stood. Finally, cap off your tour with a Sicilian aperitif experience. This conclusion to your tour sees you sipping an aperitif and tasting the best Italian street food in a place where locals meet.

Catania: Guided Food Tour with 3 Tastings

7. Catania: Guided Food Tour with 3 Tastings

Eat like a local as you taste your way around Catania on this city food tour. Follow your guide to the best eateries in town for authentic Sicilian cuisine and hear interesting facts along the way. Make your way into the heart of Catania and immerse yourself in the sights and smells. With your guide, familiarize yourself with the term "tavola calda" (hot table), which can be found in bars and restaurants alike. The king of the table is the arancino, but there are many other specialties you could try, including: The cipollina: a puff pastry stuffed with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and dried onionsThe Siciliana: a fried calzone with tuna and salted anchoviesThe scacciate: a type of pizza with vegetablesThe crispelle: fried dough with ricotta cheese and anchovies or honeyA grilled meat panini Along the way, stop at a historic kiosk for a traditional drink, such as mandarin and lemon juice or lemon and salt seltz. Finish your tour on a sweet note with a cannolo or a cassatella.

Catania: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

8. Catania: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

You will start the tour by visiting the Cathedral, in the heart of Piazza Duomo, accompanied by a local guide. After that, you will enter Catania's fish market, where you will taste typical products and the best fried fish in town. The next stop will take you to Via Crociferi, famous for its churches, followed by Via Etnea, Catania's main street, and Piazza Stesicoro, where the splendid Amphitheater is located. Nearby, you'll find the historic Bar Savia, where you can taste the best arancini in town, and next you'll go to Panetteria Pacini, where you can taste the famous "cipollina," a unique specialty of Catania cuisine. The next destination is to Catania's most important kiosk, Chiosco Costa, where you will drink the typical Sicilian fizzy drink made with Selz and syrups. Opposite the harbor, the penultimate stop of the tour awaits you, where you will enjoy a mixed meat dish with horse meatballs and "Cipollata." At the last stop you will have reserved a delicious dessert, the famous Sicilian ricotta cannolo, cassatella and almond paste or Sicilian granita, depending on the time of year. To conclude this guided street food discovery tour, you will receive a souvenir postcard "The Elephant's Way," where all the stops and different foods tasted during the tour will be marked.

Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

9. 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.

Catania: Private Tour with Arancino Tasting

10. Catania: Private Tour with Arancino Tasting

Join this guided tour and see Sicily's hidden gems. Discover the rich history of the picturesque town, Catania. Visit the Ursino Castle, the Cathedral of Sant'Agata, and the most famous theatre in Italy. Start your tour from the 13th-century Ursino Castle. Make sure you have your camera as you don't want to miss taking a snapshot of the superb architecture, a creative mix of Eastern and Western design. Pass by the Via Auteri, the Roman baths, and you will see Catania's fish market. Marvel at the array of sea creatures as you walk along. From the fish market, you will head to the Piazza del Duomo. Admire the Baroque buildings and the elephant fountain.  Next, you will visit the Cathedral of Sant'Agata, built-in 1090 above the Roman baths of Achille. After the earthquake of 1693, the Cathedral was completely rebuilt. Inside, see the tomb of the famous composer Vincenzo Bellini and many Aragonese kings.  Feeling hungry? No worries, enjoy some famous Sicilian arancino, a specific product in the shape of a drop and filled with rice and meat sauce, to be eaten strictly with the hands holding it from the bottom end. Continue walking to the Bellini Theater, which stages the Opera. Admire the magnificent building. Make sure you take pics as you will want to get this impressive building on your Instagram feed.  Next, stroll along to the Via Vittorio Emanuele. Finally, the tour will end at the Benedictine monastery and the Church of San Nicolò.

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What people are saying about Catania

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Our tour was excellent! A 3 hour guided tour with Agata in which we learned not only the basics of the Sicilian cuisine, but also tips and tricks about how to get around Catania/Sicilian culture. Agata is extremely friendly, she speaks great English and has traveled most of Europe. She is very passionate about her job and exactly this type of attitude made the experience of the participants unforgettable. Many thanks, will definitely create a new habit of booking food tours when traveling abroad.

Nice guide (Angela ...?) Who showed and told about the city. Had the luxury of being alone on this guided tour so it became a private tour. Got to taste specialties, very satisfied!

Agata was a great guide, really informative and knowledgable. The food was amazing, we would would have liked to try more seafood.

The street food tour in Catania was awesome. Many stops very traditional very varied just delicious

Unique experience in the center of Catania!! Tasting rich in gastronomic surprises