Catania and the Cyclops Riviera
One of the liveliest cities in Southern Italy, Catania is a bustling town with a melting pot attitude. This baroque gem is a vibrant and enthralling place with energy to sell and a beautiful UNESCO listed historic centre. Grandiose black and white palazzos tower over baroque piazzas and seething markets.
Set on the coast of Aci Trezza, a pretty fishing village 10km North of Catania stand three tall, column-shaped islands. According to one of many local myths, these great stones are the ones hurled by Polyphemus at Ulysses boat from the summit of Etna after being blinded in one eye by Ulysse.
This excursion lasts around 5 hours; we will pick you up from your preferred location and head for the centre of Catania. Our walk down the famous shopping area the Via Etnea will take in the luscious green Villa Bellini, admire the beautiful Duomo and experience the chaotic Fish market.
Our next stop is Aci Castello; you will get some great photo opportunities of this fantastic Normans built castle and picturesque fishing village.
We move onto Aci Trezza, where we are greeted by 3 large lave made boulders in the sea, these are known as the Faraglioni, full of myths and legends.
Aci Trezza is also famous for its love affair with the writer Giovanni Verga, here he wrote his most famous novel La Malavoglia (The house by the Medlar tree).
A small museum relating to the book can also be visited in this quaint little town. Our journey back to your desired drop off location will be finished with an all-important ice cream stop.
Please note: This is a private excursion with a dedicated driver and vehicle, entrance fees to archaeological sites ARE NOT included in the cost. All of our excursions and tours have been organised for pick up within a 10km radius of Taormina and Giardini Naxos. We would be more than happy to quote for pick up outside this area. On receiving your booking we will contact you to arrange pick up location, time and address or any special requirements you may have.