Very interesting and informative. Excellent way to also get to know your way around.
We took this tour in mid October and the weather was lovely It might get too hot for some folks in July/August.
It was a lovely way to see Catania which we thought was a great city and sample some really nice local food. You get to sample a lot, so come hungry. The two guides we had were very sweet and gave us some background on the history of the town which was nice. Since we were on a cruise we did not get a chance to come back and enjoy some of the areas/restaurants we saw, which was sad...would love to come back.
The walk is pretty easy, although as mentioned it might be too hot for some in the summer months.
This was a great experience. We really enjoyed trying foods we otherwise wouldn't have tried. We learned a lot about the local area. This tour is a lot of walking and isn't for people with any walking issues.
This tour was the best thing about Catania. The city itself is ugly, looks a bit scary like a bad part of new york or los angeles but this tour made the trip perfect. Elena was excellent and we saw so many cool things and the fish market and tasted all kinds of foods. If I did not take this tour I would have been so unhappy I had booked Catania - I think more people should do this tour it is exceptional.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and Elena was a well informed and friendly guide. This tour gave us a great insight into the local culture and history. It was also a great way to get a better feel for Catania. Highlights for us included: the fish market - a not-to be missed experience. The local vendors were so friendly and theatrical and it was fascinating to see all the local produce. We also enjoyed the drinks kiosk with the delicious local drinks including seltz and champagnino. Elena showed us some parts of Catania which we would never have found ourselves. Highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in culture and food. Would recommend getting to the starting point early for a pre-coffee tour at Il nonna . Coffee was superb and the barista was lovely - great people watching on the piazza.
Very interesting....pace was good....tour guides were friendly, informative and attentive.
Lots of fun and great tour guide. Would recommend.
This was a fantastic tour filled with the sights, sounds, and culinary delights of Catania. Our guide was knowledgeable, extremely informative on all aspects of the local culture, and provided a complete walking tour of Catania. The walk was leisurely and comprehensive of Catania's key sights, yet wasn't physically demanding as several stops for food were threaded throughout the tour. The foods offered varried from savory to sweet. One of the multiple stops included a food that I never thought I would ever eat, but did so to savor the full experience - and it wasn't so bad. There was never any pressure to eat something offered on the tour. I plan to try and recreate some foods from the tour like the mouthwatering arancine al ragu rice ball filled with a meat and tomato sauce a ham/cheese filled filo delight and a refreshing manderine nectar with sparkling soda. We saw fruits, vegetables, and seafood I never knew existed. We were on a cruise and booked this tour prior to departure. Many others on the cruise did an excursion to nearby Tarromina and stated that it was beautiful, but felt like a tourist trap. This tour offered an authentic Italian experience and as avid international travelers felt this was one of the best experiences we've encountered. During a conversation with our guide we shared our mutual love of pistachios. She mentioned that there was a store that sells a pistachio spread that has the consistency like nutella. She included a stop in this store so I could make a purchase and the store offered our group additional samplings of various liquors.
This was a great tour - great way to see the city and get acquainted. Walking through the fish market and all the hustle and bustle set the tone for visiting the city. There were some challenging tastings - so you must be prepared to be a little adventurous. Our guide, Helena, was very kind and gave some good insights into both the city and some of Catania's traditional delicacies. Would definitely recommend.
Our guide was terrific and the entire experience was well organized. I felt like we were able to see the entire city and taste amazing food. I think the walking expectation for the tour should be very clear in the description as there was an older couple that had trouble keeping up.
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