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Catania: Sightseeing Walking Tour at Night

1. Catania: Sightseeing Walking Tour at Night

Catania walking tour by night with a licensed tour guide. If Catania fascinates you during the day with its smells and the voices of its markets, at night it totally envelops you. The city of Verga and Bellini, filmed by Bolognini and Germi, sung by Battiato and Consoli, has a night and restless soul that lights up at sunset. There is a sort of physical need in the inhabitants to meet each other in the streets. At sunset, you can experience another dimension and another face as it happens in each big metropolis. The guided tour of Catania starts from the Ursino castle, a building commissioned by Emperor Frederick II of Swabia, on an old Norman fortress, built between 1239 and 1250. The castle has a square plan, with four sides around an inner courtyard. Four round corner towers make it as strong as the models of the French castles. Then, passing from Via Auteri in front of the ruins of the Roman baths, you will reach the fish market of Catania and the life of the "fish market" the food market and the beating heart of the city. From the fish market, a staircase leads directly to Piazza del Duomo with its numerous Baroque buildings and the emblem of Catania, the Elephant Fountain. Here we will visit the Cathedral of Sant'Agata built in 1090 above the Roman baths of Achille, right in the place of the martyrdom of Sant'Agata in 251. After the earthquake of 1693 it was completely rebuilt. Inside you can see the tomb of the famous composer Vincenzo Bellini and many Aragonese kings. After seeing the cathedral you will continue in the direction of the Bellini Theater, one of the most famous theaters in Italy, in neo-Renaissance style, inaugurated in 1890. After a few steps you will pass the Roman Theater and continuing along Via Vittorio Emanuele the tour will end at the Benedictine monastery and the church of San Nicolò. Meeting point piazza Duomo/via Merletta (Info Point)

Catania: Private Tour with Arancino Tasting

2. 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.

Catania: Ursino Castle and Bellini Theater Private Tour

3. Catania: Ursino Castle and Bellini Theater Private Tour

Discover the beautiful architecture and ancient history on this guided tour of Catania. Visit the Ursino Castle and the stunning Cathedral of Sant'Agata. Commence your guided tour of Catania from the iconic Ursino castle. Admire the grounds of this architecturally unique structure and learn about its role in Sicilian history.  Stroll to the Via Auteri, which is in front of the ruins of the Roman baths, and you will then reach the fish and food markets of Catania, often considered to be the city's beating heart.  Pass by the fish market and head to the del Duomo. Here, you can discover its numerous Baroque buildings and the Elephant Fountain.  Next, visit the Cathedral of Sant'Agata, built-in 1090. Marvel at the tomb of the famous composer Vincenzo Bellini. Continue to the famous Bellini Theater. After taking photos, you will pass the Roman Theater and continue along Via Vittorio Emanuele, where the tour will end at the Benedictine monastery and the church of San Nicolò.

Catania: City Highlights Tour with Guide

4. 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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