Exploring Sicily's Cyclops Riviera from Catania

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Stretching north of Catania, beneath the mighty peak of Mt. Etna, Sicily’s Cyclops Riviera (Riviera dei Ciclopi) is known for its dramatic black basalt rocks and mythological connection with Odysseus (Ulysses) and Polyphemus, the giant son of Poseidon. Here are some top reasons to tour the Cyclops Riviera from Catania.

Highlights
  • Set sail along the Cyclops Riviera and spot landmarks such as Ulysses’ Grotte, the Castle of Aci Castello, and the Faraglioni (sea cliffs) of Acitrezza. 
  • Dive into another world as you swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea. 
  • Spot marine life such as octopus, red starfish, and dolphins as you cruise around the Natural Reserve of Cyclops.
  • Tuck into traditional Sicilian specialties such as delicious cannoli pastries or refreshing granita.
  • Head ashore to explore the charming fishing villages of Aci Trezza and Acireale.
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Sailing Tour from Catania

Enjoy a relaxing day of sailing along the coast of Sicily on a full-day sailboat tour from Catania. Your expert captain takes you past Aci Castello and Aci Trezza, sailing along the route that Ulysses took in the ‘Odyssey.’ See the beautiful bay of Cyclops (Scogli dei Ciclopi), look for dolphins, and enjoy the opportunity to go swimming, snorkeling and fishing. You can even learn the basics of sailing. Have a delicious lunch with traditional Sicilian dishes on board the boat, then go into Aci Trezza to explore the town.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Snorkeling in the Cyclop's Sea from Acitrezza

Visit the Sea of the Cyclops, on the slopes of Mount Etna, and spend the day snorkeling in the warm waters. Discover the marine life of the natural reserve including red starfish, octopuses, and Sargo fish and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery formed by many volcanic eruptions as you sail out into the water.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Half-day Boat Trip with Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in the Cyclops Sea

Explore underwater world in the Natural Reserve of Cyclops on this boat tour from Acitrezza. Diving equipment and attention from a professional dive guides included as you submerge to get views of the volcanic rock seascape, saraghi, salpe, Octopus, red starfish, and seaweed of Poseidon. Dive depths range from 23 feet (7 meters) to 98 feet (30 meters).
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD98.31
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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