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Sicily Walking Tours: City Tours

Introductory Tour of Catania


Discovering Catania: A City Carved from Lava

An Introductory Tour of Catania with Your Own Italy offers a deep dive into the vibrant heart of Sicily’s second-largest city. Set against the backdrop of the imposing Mount Etna, Catania is a city of rich history, baroque beauty, and resilient spirit. This personalized journey takes you through its bustling streets, baroque squares, and ancient ruins, revealing the layers of history and culture that define this dynamic city. From the majestic Duomo di Catania to the lively fish market and the black lava streets, Catania offers an unforgettable exploration of Sicilian life and heritage.

Discovering Catania: A City Carved from Lava

Piazza del Duomo and the Cathedral of Saint Agatha
Begin your tour in the heart of Catania at the Piazza del Duomo, a stunning example of Sicilian Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the center of the square, marvel at the Fontana dell’Elefante, featuring an ancient Roman elephant statue that is considered the city’s symbol. The Cathedral of Saint Agatha, dedicated to Catania’s patron saint, showcases magnificent baroque art and houses the relics of St. Agatha in its richly adorned chapels.

The Lively Fish Market (La Pescheria)
Just steps from the Piazza del Duomo, experience the vibrant atmosphere of La Pescheria, Catania’s famous fish market. This bustling market offers a glimpse into the city’s maritime culture, with vendors selling a wide variety of fresh seafood, from swordfish and octopus to sea urchins. The sights, sounds, and smells here are a testament to the importance of the sea in Catania’s culinary traditions.

Via Etnea and the Gardens
Stroll along Via Etnea, the city’s main shopping street, which stretches from the Piazza del Duomo towards Mount Etna. Lined with elegant shops, cafes, and baroque buildings, Via Etnea is perfect for leisurely exploration. Along the way, visit the verdant Villa Bellini, Catania’s largest public park, offering beautiful walkways, statues, and panoramic views of the city against the backdrop of Mount Etna.

The Roman Amphitheatre and Ursino Castle
Delve into Catania’s ancient past at the Roman Amphitheatre, situated in the heart of the city. This impressive structure, partially buried under lava from past eruptions, reveals the grand scale of Roman entertainment and public life. Continue to the Ursino Castle, built in the 13th century by Emperor Frederick II. Once a coastal fortress, the castle now hosts the Civic Museum, with collections spanning from the city’s founding to the present day.

Your Own Italy: Experiencing Catania’s Essence

With Your Own Italy, your introductory tour of Catania is tailored to your interests, ensuring a journey that captures the essence of this historical and lively city. Whether you’re drawn to exploring ancient sites, indulging in Sicilian cuisine, or simply soaking in the baroque atmosphere, we guide you through an unforgettable exploration of Catania’s treasures.

Embark on Your Catania Adventure

Are you ready to explore the vibrant history, culture, and flavors of Catania? Contact Your Own Italy to plan your personalized tour. Discover the unique charm of Catania, from its ancient ruins to its baroque squares, and experience the enduring spirit of Sicily’s captivating coastal city.

What's Included

  • Expert, licensed English-speaking guide
  • Private tour of Modica

Tips for Your Catania Tour

Comfortable Footwear: Be prepared for walking on uneven surfaces, especially when exploring ancient ruins.
Sun Protection: The Sicilian sun can be intense, so sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are essential.
Stay Hydrated: Carry water to stay hydrated as you discover Catania’s sights and sounds.
Taste Local Delicacies: Don’t miss the chance to try Catania’s street food, such as arancini (rice balls) or granita, a refreshing Sicilian treat.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.