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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.

Catania: 4-Hour Guided Bike Tour

2. 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.

Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

3. 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.

Aci Castello: Underwater Scooter Diving Tour

4. 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.

From Catania: Riviera of the Cyclops Tour in a Vintage Car

5. From Catania: Riviera of the Cyclops 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

6. 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.

From Catania: Aci Castello Sailing Boat Trip with Aperitif

7. 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.

Aci Trezza: Guided Tour of Ulysses Caves and Reserve Area

8. Aci Trezza: Guided Tour of Ulysses Caves and Reserve Area

From the ancient port of Aci Trezza 6 stops with a bathing stop. Included in the price: 1. Skipper and guide in Italian and English 2. Insurance with civil liability 3. Entrance ticket to the ancient shipyard from 1800 with guided Italian and English tour with the last shipwright of the Rodolico family 1.Lachea Island Aci Trezza Lachea Island, not very large, is the largest of the outcrops that make up the Cyclops archipelago, just off the coast of Aci Trezza, Sicily. It is part of the integral nature reserve Isola Lachea e faraglioni dei Ciclopi, the protected area established by the Sicilian Region in 1998. The island, like the others in the archipelago, is of subvolcanic origin, formed by the intrusion of magma into the pre-existing rocks of the seabed. The nature museum houses a rich collection of fauna and flora. 2. The Faraglioni Their origin is thought to be associated with the wrath of the Cyclops Polyphemus who, blinded by Ulysses, allegedly hurled the rocks into the sea at the Greek hero to prevent him from escaping. A story that has certainly fuelled legend about the Cyclops Islands, also recounted in the ninth book of the Odyssey. Fancy aside, these are marvellous works of nature, sculpted over thousands of years by wind and rain, which are part of a protected marine area consisting of the Lachea Island, the Faraglioni and four other rocks arranged in an arch. 3. Norman Aci Castle The Aci Castle is located in Aci Castello in the province of Catania. The fortification, of uncertain origin, was the fulcrum of the development of the Aci territory in the Middle Ages. During the Sicilian Vespers, it was subjected to the rule of Ruggero di Lauria, then in the Aragonese period it belonged to Giovanni di Sicilia and finally to the Alagona family, being besieged several times. It is currently home to a civic museum. 4.Prince Aci Catello's House It was in February 1749 when Prince Don Luigi Riggio, Don Stefano's successor, had a majestic palace erected in Acitrezza for his residence. The palace was built facing the sea, close to the beach, imposing, grandiose, with eleven windows in a row on the façade and on the sea side, equipped with a rampart rampart against the cannons of the Turkish ships that often infested the seas of eastern Sicily. 5. Ulysses Caves Catania in the protected area A bathe in the history of legendary events that supposedly took place between the 13th and 12th centuries BC 6.Rodolico Shipyard at Aci Trezza Shipwrights have been shaping wood for millennia, creating constructions that still ply our waters today. A true art that encompasses the skills of designer, naval engineer, carpenter as well as artist. For five generations, the Rodolico shipyard has been operating in Acitrezza, the holder of this ancient, noble and precious profession. A craft that has almost disappeared but is dense with history, folklore and traditions to be remembered and preserved.

Catania: Private Boat Tour with Lunch and Cocktail

9. Catania: Private Boat Tour with Lunch and Cocktail

Special sailing boat tour to explore the skyline of the city of Catania from the sea and try a unique experience in fact our proposal also includes the possibility of trying a mini-sailing course while admiring the lava flows of the coast from the sea. The tour departs from the port of Catania heading north towards Aci Castello. We will pass in front of the medieval castle that dominates the coast of Aci Castello and we will be able to continue up to Acitrezza where we will be able to admire the Faraglioni, very famous in mythology for the Cyclops and the story of Ulysses. here we will stop at the buoy for a swim in the crystal clear water and we will have a lunch with a plate of pasta with fresh local fish. after lunch it is possible to have a siesta or a swim with snorkelling. in the end we will leave to return to the port of Catania and do some sailing school. Sport and tourism that create fun and happiness and culture of Sicily "island in a sea of sun".

From Catania: search dolphins in the marine protected area

10. From Catania: search dolphins in the marine protected area

1.Lachea Island Aci Trezza Lachea Island, not very large, is the largest of the outcrops that make up the Cyclops archipelago, just off Aci Trezza in Sicily. It is part of the integral nature reserve Isola Lachea e faraglioni dei Ciclopi, the protected area established by the Sicilian Region in 1998. The island, like the others in the archipelago, is of subvolcanic origin, formed by the intrusion of magma into the pre-existing rocks of the seabed. In 1869, a diorite axe from prehistoric times was found, while in 1919, two cave tombs were identified, carved into the rock by the hand of man. The objects found inside one of the two large circular pits (about one metre deep) on the island date from the late Roman period: pots, amphorae, loom weights, bone needles, fragments of a bone comb and a small oil lamp. The nature museum houses a rich collection of fauna and flora. 2. The Faraglioni Their origin is thought to be associated with the wrath of the Cyclops Polyphemus who, blinded by Ulysses, allegedly hurled the rocks into the sea at the Greek hero to prevent him from escaping. A story that has certainly fuelled legend about the Cyclops Islands, also recounted in the ninth book of the Odyssey. Fancy aside, these are marvellous works of nature, sculpted over thousands of years by wind and rain, which are part of a protected marine area consisting of the Lachea Island, the Faraglioni and four other rocks arranged in an arch. Their origin - apart from the legend of Polyphemus - can be traced back to the first of the four phases of the evolution of the volcano Etna, an intense volcanic activity that began about half a million years ago. 3.Rodolico Shipyard at Aci Trezza Shipwrights have been shaping wood for millennia, creating constructions that still ply our waters today. A true art that encompasses the skills of designer, naval engineer, carpenter as well as artist. For five generations, the Rodolico shipyard has been operating in Acitrezza, the holder of this ancient, noble and precious profession. A craft that has almost disappeared but is dense with history, folklore and traditions to be remembered and preserved. The Rodolico Shipyard in Acitrezza was founded towards the end of the 19th century thanks to Salvatore Rodolico who, together with his son Sebastiano, began building rowing and sailing boats for clients in Catania. An invoice dated 1908, made out to the University of Catania, documents the construction of a boat to transport passengers to the Lachea island. The original shipyard was located in the area known as 'stagnitta', today 'Via Rodolico', and then settled permanently in front of the Lachea island, inside the old Scalo dei Malavoglia. The 1960s marked the beginning of the golden age for the shipyard, which passed into the hands of the young Salvatore who, assisted by his sons Sebastiano and Giovanni and more than thirty workers, began to build imposing wooden fishing boats. 4. Dolphin Protected Marine Area Read less

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What people are saying about Aci Castello

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4.9 / 5

based on 41 reviews

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!

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

MUST DO while you visit Catania! It was a birthday surprise for our friend and it went fantastic. We were sipping prosecco, sunbathing and just having great time. Bruno is a really cool guy and a great skipper.

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

Very nice sailing trip with sunset. Bruno the skipper was very nice.