- Day trip to Catania and the Aci Castello coast from Taormina
- Enjoy a walking tour around Catania’s historical center, a UNESCO site
- Stop for photos by Catania Cathedral and the Fountain of the Elephant
- Travel along the Aci Castello coast and see Scogli dei Ciclopi, a series of intriguing basalt rocks
- Spend free time in the picturesque fishing villages of Aci Castello and Aci Trezza
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
Aci Trezza is the village that featured in I Malavgoli, a famous 19th-century Italian novel by Giovanni Verga. The book is considered a masterpiece of Italian literature and, as the village hasn’t changed much since it was written, Aci Trezza has become one of Sicily’s must-visit places.
What You Can Expect
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the center is characterized by ornate Baroque piazzas with intriguing monuments scattered around. Admire sights like the Fountain of the Elephant, made from local volcanic stone, and stop for photos in front of Catania Cathedral – the city’s marble masterpiece.
Return to your coach after exploring the city and travel north along the Aci Castello coastline – an area often called the Cyclops coast, attesting to its links to Greek mythology. Sit back and relax, looking out of the window to see Scogli dei Ciclopi – a series of jagged rocks that jut out of the crashing sea. According to local legend, the rocks were thrown by the Greek god Cyclops at Odysseus, his fleeing foe.
Stop for roughly an hour in Aci Castello to stretch your legs, and then continue to the fishing village of Aci Trezza for a longer break. Use your free time to enjoy lunch (own expense) –perhaps sampling the town’s legendary seafood dishes like swordfish rolls – or browse the charming shops that line the seafront.
Meet your host at the pre-arranged time, and start your journey back, relaxing in the comfort of your air-conditioned coach. Your route passes through the sun-kissed citrus groves of the Ionian coast, so sit back and admire the scenery before finishing your day trip in central Taormina.