The port city of Catania is a popular gateway to the many pleasures of Sicily, but within the city itself is much to see and do, from its historic core—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—to bustling markets. Here’s how to get the most out of 24 hours in Catania.
Get your bearings in Catania with an introductory tour. On a guided Segway tour, you’ll cover the UNESCO-listed historic core quickly and learn about Catania’s history at city landmarks such as the 13th-century Castle Ursino and Cathedral Square (Piazza Duomo). For an alternative view of this region of Sicily, start your day with a scenic helicopter tour. Fly above the crater of Mount Etna and see the surrounding lava fields, taking in views of vineyards, citrus groves, and the coastline from the air.
This afternoon, taste the local flavors of Catania with a gastronomic tour focused on street food. Explore the city on foot with a guide who leads the way to bakeries, bars, and street-food stalls. Learn about what makes Sicilian cuisine unique as you snack your way through the city. Alternatively, get to know the coastline of Sicily with a sailing tour from Catania. During the tour you’ll learn sailing basics, cool off in the water with swimming and snorkeling, and try your hand at fishing. Tours often include stops along the coastline at charming villages such as Aci Trezza.
Sample Sicilian wines with a visit to a winery at the foot of Mount Etna. Tastings often include multiple wines and the chance to learn about local winemaking methods. Then learn about local culinary traditions with a hands-on cooking class. Some tours begin with a visit to the local fish market and include the preparation of a multicourse meal with classic Sicilian dishes such as arancini. After the class, sit down to feast on everything you cooked. Private cooking classes can be customized according to your interests and adjusted depending on individual dietary restrictions.