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Piazza Stesicoro

Piazza Stesicoro: Our most recommended tours and activities

Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

1. Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

See another side to Sicily as you discover the natural beauty of Catania on this walking tour. Admire the Ursino Castle, walk around the squares and plazas and discover the famous sites. Meet your guide before departing on your adventure. Stroll the city center with your local guide who will fascinate you with the city's history. See monuments built centuries ago that are still standing to this day. Many of the structures you will witness date back to the Greek colonization of the city back in the 8th-century B.C. Enjoy this tour and see the following landmarks: the piazza Duomo, Pescheria, Castello Ursino, piazza San Francesco, via Teatro Greco, piazza Dante, via Gesuiti, scalinata Alessi, piazza Università, piazza Vincenzo Bellini, and the piazza San Placido. If you are in Catania, this tour is simply a must-do.

From Catania, Acireale, Giarre: Mount Etna Half-Day Trip

2. From Catania, Acireale, Giarre: Mount Etna Half-Day Trip

Choose this private or shared tour with small groups to discover the wonderful colors of Mount Etna with its landscape and taste some local products. Pick up in Piazza Stesicoro n.33 Catania or Acireale/Giarre (Specify where your hotel is located in Catania,Acireale or Giarre,indicating it by Email/WhatsApp after booking) with car or 8 seats plus driver minivan. (1 hour of transport to Etna with audio guide on board in your language) Enjoy the round trip transfers from and to Catania or Acireale/Giarre, crossing Etna villages and driving up to 2000 meters a.s.l. Admire the fabulous scenery of the contrasting colors of the volcano between its wild nature and its lava flows that destroyed homes and many hectares of land. Stop for a beautiful panoramic photo of the so called " Giant of Fire". Taste the traditional products of the Mountain and its "gold": the honey. Possibility to take the cable car to get to the top of the active craters ( ticket not included). Dicover the ancient dead craters and enjoy the exiting experience walking on a moon landscape during your free time (3 hours max.) At the end of the experience driving back to Catania or at your accomodation in Acireale/Giarre (only for departures from Acireale or Giarre) and drop off at Piazza Stesicoro in Catania or Acireale/Giarre ( 1 hour of transport to Catania )

Etna excursions at sunset ancient craters and lava flows

3. Etna excursions at sunset ancient craters and lava flows

Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe and a Unesco World Heritage Site, invites you to discover its lunar landscapes and unique flora. Our nature guides will accompany you on an exciting excursion. They will tell you all the secrets of our fascinating volcano, its eruptions and its relationship with its inhabitants, its flora and fauna. We will visit an extinct side crater. We will walk through recent and older lava fields. We will take an easy and very panoramic walk in one of the most suggestive paths of Etna (total length about 3 km). Our experience includes several stages that will allow us to see different aspects of the volcano. Total duration of the experience about 5 hours including car trips from Catania. Appointment at 3pm (the hour may vary depending on the sunset) in Piazza Stesicoro, close to San Biagio church. We recommend to wear: Winter/autumn: warm and layered clothing, the weather in the mountains can vary at any time. Mandatory closed and comfortable shoes (sneakers type). Spring/Summer: layered clothing, the weather in the mountains can vary at any time. Trousers, closed and comfortable shoes (sneakears type), jackets. For those who do not stay in Catania and have a rental car please let us know that we will establish a different meeting point.

Catania: Underground and Street Food Walking Tour

4. Catania: Underground and Street Food Walking Tour

Meet your expert guide, who will be waiting for you with a nameplate, in front of the ruins of the majestic Roman black amphitheater. Here begins your journey in search of the underground mysteries of the city, among ruins of bombed churches and prehistoric caves hiding ancient religious places. Find out what is hidden under the floor! Follow the guide through the colorful city market and stop here for a short break. Taste local street food and enjoy the atmosphere of a crowded and noisy Sicilian open air market. After the break, come back to discover the wonders of the city. Admire the magnificence of the great aristocratic palaces and the late baroque churches of via Etnea, the main street of Catania, up to the Piazza del Duomo, with its enigmatic black lava stone elephant. Discover the basement of the cathedral and then enjoy a goodbye typical drink at the kiosk with the guide.

Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

5. Catania: City Highlights Walking Tour

Uncover the vibrant soul of Catania with a private or group tour guided by a local, immersing yourself in the city's rich tapestry of history and culture. Start your journey in Via Etnea, and embark on an exploration of Catania's most revered landmarks and best-kept secrets. Begin at Duomo Square, where the magnificent Catania Cathedral stands as a testament to the city's enduring legacy. Then, lose yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Catania Fish Market, a bustling hub of activity and flavors that tantalize the senses. Continue with a visit to the elegant Palazzo Currò, a historic gem nestled amidst the cityscape. Traverse the ancient cobblestone streets to reach Ursino Castle, a formidable fortress steeped in centuries of intrigue and legend. Delve into the tranquility of the Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena, an architectural marvel that echoes whispers of the past. Then, wander along Via Crociferi, adorned with magnificent Baroque architecture, before arriving at the lively Piazza Stesicoro, pulsating with energy and vitality. Along the way, hear tales of Catania's storied past, with your guides offering insight and perspective that only a local can provide. Conclude your tour at Piazza Università in the historic center, where the spirit of knowledge and enlightenment fills the air.

Catania Street Food Tour

6. Catania Street Food Tour

Wander through the charming alleys and squares of Catania downtown, indulging in a variety of delicious local treats. Admire the Baroque architecture of Piazza Duomo with the Town Hall, the wonderful St. Agata's Cathedral, the Obelisk of the elephant or “Liotru” (symbol of the city) and the Amenano fountain before venturing to the nearby Market to savor local cheeses, olives, and oil. Follow Via Crociferi, a small jewel of baroque art and churches often immortalized by the greatest Italian filmmakers, to finally arrive in front of the ruins of the Roman amphitheater on Piazza Stesicoro. Make a stop at Pasticceria Savia, known for preparing the finest "Arancini" in Catania. Taste the specialty crafted "Cipollina" made with puff pastry, tomato, mozzarella, ham and onion. Traverse the bustling City market to get to Chiosco Costa and experience a "Seltz" which is a fresh sparkling drink. Proceed to the port area to savor grilled horse-meat meatballs. Conclude your culinary journey by sampling the real "Cannolo" filled with ricotta or the Sicilian "Granita". As a memento, receive a special gift detailing all the delectable treats you've enjoyed.

Catania e Siracusa

7. Catania e Siracusa

Transfer by Gran Turismo bus to Catania. Walking tour with the guide through the streets of the historic center of Catania, a UNESCO heritage site. Visit of Piazza Duomo, the symbolic statue "U liotru", il Municipio, Via Etnea, Piazza Stesicoro and the remains of the Roman Amphitheater, the monument to Vincenzo Bellini and Villa Bellini. Visit of the "pescheria", an open-air fish market, famous for its particular colours. Transfer from Catania to Syracuse, where you will have a lunch break. (LUNCH NOT INCLUDED). Visit to the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, the archaeological area of Syracuse, where it is possible to admire impressive monuments such as the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, the Ear of Dionysius and the Altar of Hieron II. Then we go to the Island of Ortigia, the oldest area of the city of Syracuse. Visit of Piazza Archimede where it is possible to see the Fountain of Arethusa and Piazza del Duomo, which stands on the ruins of the Temple of Athena. After the visit of Ortigia, return to the places of departure.

Catania: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

8. Catania: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

You will start the tour by visiting the Cathedral, in the heart of Piazza Duomo, accompanied by a local guide. After that, you will enter Catania's fish market, where you will taste typical products and the best fried fish in town. The next stop will take you to Via Crociferi, famous for its churches, followed by Via Etnea, Catania's main street, and Piazza Stesicoro, where the splendid Amphitheater is located. Nearby, you'll find the historic Bar Savia, where you can taste the best arancini in town, and next you'll go to Panetteria Pacini, where you can taste the famous "cipollina," a unique specialty of Catania cuisine. The next destination is to Catania's most important kiosk, Chiosco Costa, where you will drink the typical Sicilian fizzy drink made with Selz and syrups. Opposite the harbor, the penultimate stop of the tour awaits you, where you will enjoy a mixed meat dish with horse meatballs and "Cipollata." At the last stop you will have reserved a delicious dessert, the famous Sicilian ricotta cannolo, cassatella and almond paste or Sicilian granita, depending on the time of year. To conclude this guided street food discovery tour, you will receive a souvenir postcard "The Elephant's Way," where all the stops and different foods tasted during the tour will be marked.

3-Hour Catania Segway PT Authorized Tour

9. 3-Hour Catania Segway PT Authorized Tour

Situated between the Ionian Sea and the slopes of Mt Etna, the town of Catania is rich in folklore, history, and beauty. On this guided Segway tour, you will be able to visit the entire Old Town. Start from the meeting point, where you'll learn how to use your Segway. From here we glide into the heart of the city to reach Piazza Duomo. Taking via Etnea, cross Piazza Università. From here, head to Piazza Vincenzo Bellini where there is the wonderful lyrical theater named after Vincenzo Bellini. Going along Via Etnea, you'll reach Piazza Stesicoro to see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater and the monument to Vincenzo Bellini; Catania’s Swan. Having covered another piece of vibrant Via Etnea, cross the green area of a public garden to reach the town's highest point where you can admire San Nicola church and the Benedictine’s Monastery. After that, continue riding your Segway to Piazza Federico di Svevia, where you will find Ursino Castle; a 13th-century structure that is the only surviving remnant of the medieval town.

Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

10. Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

Discover the beautiful architecture and ancient history of Catania on this guided tour. Visit the Ursino Castle and the Cathedral of Sant'Agata, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage.  Start your day with a pickup, meet your local guide, and set off to explore the sites of Catania. First, you will visit the fish market - the biggest and the most colorful fish market in Sicily. Next, walk to Ursino Castle and be sure to take photos. Continue to Via Etnea and visit one of the oldest and most famous rosticceria bars. Taste Sicilian arancini's - delicious rice balls stuffed with meat ragout and peas. Stroll along until your reach Duomo Square. See the Elephant Fountain and visit the famous Cathedral - the most important church in Catania with a statue of the city's patron saint, Sant'Agatha.  Finally, you will walk around Piazza Stesicoro and see the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater.

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What people are saying about Piazza Stesicoro

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4.7
(3 reviews)

Orazio was a really polite, sweet and amazing guide. He really spent time and energy to explain the history and so many things about the Etna Volcano, drove us and did mini stops to explain the sites and views. He brought us to two places for wine, spirit, chocolate, nougat and almond tasting. Perfect experience 11/10.

The driver and guide - Orazio - was great, he knows a lot about the places we visited and we learned a lot. Also he is a smooth driver. I recommend private tours because you can make your own schedule. Overall the experience is totally worth it. We woud choose the same company if we ever came back in Sicily.

It was the best way to explore many of Catania’s historic attractions. We were looked after by two people all the time. None of us used Sagways before so our tour started with a short lesson how to ride one. It was a lot of fun. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, answering all our questions.

We had a great time at Etna. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history and culture surrounding the volcano. He is also a fantastic driver and knows his way around Etna very well. We can definitely recommend this guided tour to Etna.

Excellent guide, expert, brilliant exposition with many details of history, culture and art history.