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Discover Catania

The city of Catania can boast a splendid historic center, protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Its architectural wonders, but also the liveliness of the popular markets, the wild beauty of Etna, and the clear sea of ​​the coast will captivate you.

The Cathedral of Sant'Agata (the patron saint of the city), the Bellini Theater, the popular markets, via Etnea, the splendid Benedictine Monastery (seat of the University's Department of Human Sciences), and Mount Etna are just some of the wonders of this city.

 

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Obviously, it is impossible to overlook the culinary delicacies of the Catania tradition, such as arancini (yes, here they are called in the masculine!), Iris (fried or baked stuffed bombs), Olivette di Sant'Agata and brioche with granita.
To try them all!

 

And for lovers of grilled horse meat, a symbol of the Catania gastronomic tradition, a must is via del Plebiscito, a street in the historic center flooded with the unmistakable scent of the ever-burning embers. Another unmissable stop just outside Catania is the coast and in particular the Gulf of Acitrezza, an enchanting place that with its stacks was chosen by Giovanni Verga as the setting for his most famous novel, "I Malavoglia".

Starting from Catania you can live the unique experience of conquering the summit of the highest active volcano in Europe declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2013. You can choose to take a splendid morning excursion around the ancient and fascinating basaltic lava flows, at craters and centuries-old woods that characterize the surroundings of Etna; go to the discovery of the lunar landscape of the "Valle del Bove" or the desert of black ash or at sunset, to admire the colors of the sunset from an altitude of about 2000 meters. ,

The tour ends with a sweet aperitif based on sweet wine and almonds, in full Sicilian style.

 

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Crossing the plain of Catania, crossing rural villages, you can go to Agrigento and take a tour in the Valley of the Temples, one of the most important and popular tourist destinations in Sicily, an archaeological site that has been a World Heritage Site since 1997 and then move to Piazza Armerina.

The city is ​​famous for the beautiful Villa Romana del Casale, which owes its fame to the floors made entirely with mosaics depicting mythological stories.

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