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Catania: Spritz and Sunset Sail Tour

1. Catania: Spritz and Sunset Sail Tour

Sail along the route of Ulysses and discover the beauty of the Sicilian coast on this relaxing sail tour from Catania. Get the chance to see Catania's varied marine life, including dolphins, go fishing, snorkeling or even learn the fundamentals of sailing. Don't miss the opportunity to see Catania from the sea and visit one of the most captivating landscapes of the Sicilian coast as you cruise through the Ulysses' Grotte and the Castle of Aci Castello. During your tour, sip on your choice of alcoholic beverage, including the traditional Italian Aperol Spritz, and munch on an array of delicious traditional snacks and appetizers.

From Catania: Aci Castello Sailing Boat Trip with Aperitif

2. From Catania: Aci Castello Sailing Boat Trip with Aperitif

Departing from the port of Catania, you will sail to the coast of Aci Castello to admire its Castle, of Norman origin, built on a cliff overlooking the sea. Sailing on the crystal clear waters of the Catania coast, you'll head to the small seaside village of Aci Trezza. Here, you will admire a unique panorama, volcanic and marine at the same time: you will find yourself surrounded by the famous farglioni of lava origin that characterize the Isole Ciclopi and L'isola Lachea. Surrounded by a breathtaking panorama, the location of the very famous novel "I Malavoglia" by Giovanni Verga, you can dive to enjoy a swim stop, to relax and have fun snorkeling among the beautiful seabed of the marine protected area. And to end your experience in the best possible way, you can sip on an alcoholic aperitif offered on board during the return voyage.

Catania: 4-Hour Guided Bike Tour

3. Catania: 4-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Take a ride through the most distinctive streets of Catania and admire magnificent monuments dating back to various historical periods, from ancient Greek and Roman to Baroque and much more. Go beyond the city center and explore panoramic coastal roads while hearing the stories and legends of the area from your expert guide. Then, arrive at Aci Castello, and marvel at the Norman castle built high up on the rock with spectacular views of the sea. Next stop: Aci Trezza. Visit this quaint fishing village with views of the Cyclopean Isles, home to the mythic cyclopes. Admire the natural beauty of the Ionian coast before heading back to the city.

From Catania: Ionian Coast Tour in a Vintage Car

4. From Catania: Ionian Coast Tour in a Vintage Car

Start your tour from Catania. Hop in your vintage car and head to the seaside village of Aci Castello. Enjoy views of the crystal clear eastern coast of Sicily along the way. In Aci Castello, admire the massive Norman Castle with the spectacular Cyclopean Riviera as its backdrop. Continue to Aci Trezza, an enchanting fishing village, famous for its panoramic view dominated by the Cyclopean Isles. It was also made famous by the Giovanni Verga novel, “I Malavoglia”. See the house by the Medlar Tree, where the story of the life of Padron Ntoni and his family took place. Discover Acireale, a town preserving its precious artistic heritage. Walk through the city garden and enjoy the view of the sea from its amazing panoramic terrace. Admire the lava blocks, which cross the crystal clear waters of the Cyclopean Riviera, and see the Baroque churches of the Old Town before returning to Catania.

Catania: Etna and Snorkeling Tour by Jeep

5. Catania: Etna and Snorkeling Tour by Jeep

After meeting with your guide in Catania, you will embark on your 8-hour guided tour which will inform you of the biology, geology and volcanology of the Etna volcano. You will have the opportunity to walk in paths immersed in nature, away from the tourist areas on several dormant craters. The fauna and flora of Etna will be your traveling companions, as you learn of the history of this unique territory in terms of endemicity. You will later enjoy a fantastic tasting of wines, liqueurs, honey, and much more, which will help you discover the flavors of this volcanic region. In the company of a marine biologist and an underwater environmental guide, you will later take the road to the marvelous lava beds of "Isola deiCiclopi" (Aci Castello), which is a Marine Protected Area. There you will discover underwater columnar basalt, lava cords, lava cushions, and colorful marine life and plants. This scene will be the unique setting for an unforgettable snorkeling excursion. At the conclusion of your 8-hour experience, you will return to the tour meeting point in Catania.

Aci Castello: Underwater Scooter Diving Tour

6. Aci Castello: Underwater Scooter Diving Tour

Experience an exciting underwater adventure in the wonderful lava seabed of the Gulf of Catania and the enchanting protected marine area of the Cyclopean Isles. Propel yourself through the water with the help of an underwater scooter, and trust in the guidance of a qualified marine biologist.   Swim among the basalt columns, the ropes, the lava pillows, and the colorful marine flora and fauna of this perfect environment. Explore the world of silence between ancient lava flows and expanses of white sand. Dive into underwater canyons and volcanic faults, and pass near wrecks of the Second World War. Carry out the activity in the company of sea bream, octopus, sponges, and sea fans. Travel without weighing yourself down, and rest assured you will receive the latest generation equipment to participate in the activity with maximum comfort and safety.

Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

7. Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

Sail along the route of Ulysses and discover the beauty of the bay of the Cyclops and sea cliffs in Acitrezza. See dolphins, various marine life, go fishing, snorkelling and/or learn the fundamentals of sailing. This tour is a unique opportunity to see Catania from the sea and visit one of the most captivating landscapes of the Sicilian coast as you cruise through the Ulysses' Grotte and the Castle of Aci Castello. Throughout your tour, you will also have the chance to enjoy a fantastic diving/snorkelling session at the Natural Reserve of Cyclops, departing from the small village of Acitrezza. Whilst you snorkel, behold spectacular landscapes in crystal clear blue waters. Your informative and friendly guides will accompany you throughout your experience and will be there to assist you with anything you may need.

From Catania: Mountain Bike Tour Aci Castello & Aci Trezza

8. From Catania: Mountain Bike Tour Aci Castello & Aci Trezza

Starting from Catania, aboard your mountain bike, you will admire the architectural beauty of this ancient city, a treasure trove of treasures dating back to different historical periods. You will then move to the coastal area, until you get to Aci Castello, a quaint fishing village that takes its name from a real castle, built on a rock of basalt lava, formed during an underwater eruption about 500,000 years ago. Heading towards Aci Trezza, you will discover a small fishing village, which is the backdrop to the enchanting island Lachea and the famous Faraglioni dei Ciclopi, lava buildings, born from the same underwater eruption, linked to an ancient legend: it is said that they were thrown by the Cyclops Polyphemus against Ulysses, after his blindness. To conclude this tour, you can finally give yourself a regenerating dip in the sea or even opt for a refreshing and tasty homemade granita, before returning to Catania.

Aci Trezza: 2-Day Basic Scuba Diver Course

9. Aci Trezza: 2-Day Basic Scuba Diver Course

The course consists of about two days of intense learning activities in the classroom at the classroom of the diving center and diving with the aim to implement the standards required by the teaching. You will take the Basic Scuba diver course, which will alternate between theoretical lessons and lessons in the water, followed by the instructor, and at the end of the course after the exam the international certification will be issued.

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What people are saying about Aci Castello

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 22 reviews

This tour was incredible! Bruno was amazing, supplying us with both wine and snacks and giving us so much time to swim. We even stopped at the Ulysses Caves and were allowed to jump off the boat and swim in them. Our only complaint is that the address listed for this activity is not accurate, so it took a bit to find the boat. I would suggest putting in the Port of Catania into your GPS and then the Caffe listed once you get there. 4 other people were supposed to join our tour but they went to a location 25 minutes away because of the directions listed.

Bruno was incredible, he was so welcoming, kind and knowledgeable. It felt like we were on a boat with a friend. His boat is beautiful, the route was fantastic, Bruno pointed out so many notable places of interest and went into detail about them. The snacks and spritz was delicious and authentically Sicilian and the sunset was breathtaking!

A really great tour to end the day! Wine, snacks, the views of the coast and the experience of sailing were an extraordinary combination that made the tour complete. The skipper Bruno was really great. He made it an experience that we can only recommend!

Giuseppe was a wonderful guide. He showed me all the places of interest that I hadnt visited before. That was his priority. Then booked me in to a restaurant where I had a lovely lunch. I highly recommend this tour

It was amazing. Bruno the guide was brilliant, I can not fault him at all! He provided excellent service all round!