Things to do in Catania

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2 Days in Catania for First Timers

Curated by Jessica Colley ClarkeJessica Colley Clarke is a freelance writer and curious traveler based in New York City. Her stories have appeared in AFAR magazine, BBC Travel, The Daily Beast, and the New York Times, among other publications.

Explore the beauty of Sicily’s eastern coast from the port city of Catania. With two days you can visit the city’s historic center, wander through traditional markets, and go sailing along the coastline. Here are our top picks for how to spend 48 hours in Catania. 

Day 1: Morning

Maximize your time in Catania with an introductory tour. Join a guide for a Segway tour and cover ground quickly throughout the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about popular landmarks including Castle Ursino and Cathedral Square (Piazza Duomo), and see the Fountain of the Elephant, Villa Bellini park, and Via Etnea, the historic center’s main shopping street.

Day 1: Afternoon

Learn the secrets behind Sicilian cooking with a hands-on class. Some classes begin in the fish market to source ingredients, while others get started in the kitchen. Make a variety of classic Sicilian dishes such as arancini, and eat what you prepare after the class. 

Day 1: Night

Visit a farm outside Catania, where you can try local delicacies including cured meats and cheeses, sample several different kinds of Sicilian wine, and learn about local winemaking methods. Alternatively, check out a winery at the foot of Mount Etna for a guided tasting. 

Day 2: Morning

Kick off the day with a walking tour focused on the gastronomy of Sicily. Join a food-loving guide for a stroll to taste your way through the city’s markets, bakeries, and street-food stalls, and get tips on where to eat and drink during the rest of your visit. 

Day 2: Afternoon

This afternoon, climb aboard a boat for a scenic trip along the Sicilian coastline; virtually all tours include time for swimming and fishing. Some include the chance to learn basic sailing skills, while others are focused on scuba diving and snorkeling. 

Day 2: Night

Spend your final evening discovering the beauty of nearby Mount Etna. Choose a sunset tour that includes a trek to see a crater and lava flows or a scenic helicopter tour that includes many different views of the volcano and nearby coastline. 

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