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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.

Aci Castello: Underwater Scooter Diving Tour

2. 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: Etna and Snorkeling Tour by Jeep

3. 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.

Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

4. 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.

Catania: 4-Hour Guided Bike Tour

5. 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: Mountain Bike Tour Aci Castello & Aci Trezza

6. 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

7. 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

Simply great boat tour. Starting from the port of Catania we skirted the coast of Catania admiring the lava caves of Ulysses, the old port and then reaching Aci Castello and finally docking near the islands of the cilopi of Aci Trezza to dive into the crystalline waters of the gulf. We stopped for about an hour waiting for the sunset while enjoying an excellent aperitif on the boat with typical Sicilian products. The return to the port of Catania with a sunset view of Etna lasted about an hour from the Gulf of Aci Trezza. A special mention goes to Bruno, a very kind person and excellent guide all the way, well equipped for any eventuality even in case of seasickness. Fantastic 10 star experience.

We booked our trip spontaneously and it was the best decision we made. When we got to the meeting point, we did not know, whom to expect, then Bruno showed up. Great personality, friendly character and smiley man! Once we got on the boat, it was just amazing, Bruno enlighten us on what to do/see, unfortunately it was our last day. Whole trip was great, crystal clear water, swimming, historical knowledge sharing, nice conversation and last but not the least great aperitivo time with beautiful sunset. This trip with a great man, that Bruno is, is highly recommended!

We had an amazing time on our tour with Bruno! He was very flexible with letting us choose what we wanted to do - we got to stop to swim, learn some sailing basics and watch the beautiful sunset over Aci Trezza. The drinks and snacks were also delicious and plentiful. Definitely recommend this tour for a special evening in Catania!

Our guide Alessandro was a personable, interested and informative guide. We did a lot more than we said and we were able to experience a wonderful day by bike with him in Catania. That would not have been possible on foot. Grace mille Alessandro è stata and giornata bellissima.

The cruise was great, thanks to Bruno for his explanations :) The aperitif and swimming were real moments of pleasure!!