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Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

1. Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

Your personal guide will pick you up from your hotel/ port and you will start your wonderful private tour around the top Etna wineries. Driving by comfortable, air-conditioned car through the small authentic mountain villages, you will admire unforgettable picturesque views of the Sicilian countryside full of oranges and lemon plantations, olives and almond trees, houses and churches built of lava stone. The Mount Etna eruptions feed the soil, and that is why this region is considered to be one of the best in the world for growing grapes and wine production. You will visit the three best wineries at the Etna slopes. Wines from these wineries are on the top lists of premium international wine associations. The first venue will be a family run winery, world-famous with its outstanding wines. Here, you will be welcomed by the owner with a glass of an awesome white wine aperitif. Sipping refreshing wine, you will have a guided tour around the estate, after which you will visit the cellars where the owner or your private sommelier will explain to you the wine production process. Finally, you will sit at a wonderful terrace with a breathtaking view of mountains and Ionian coastline, and with your personal sommelier, start your food and wine tasting. You will taste 4 or 5 excellent white, red and rose Etna D.O.C. wines with locally produced cheeses, salami, prosciutto, sausages, couscous, vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, domestic olive oil and fresh homemade bread. Enjoy the panoramic view and the unique atmosphere of the Sicilian countryside. You will be driven to the second venue – another outstanding Etna winery, where the owner will give you a tour around the estate. With a professional sommelier, you will taste 4 brilliant red, rose and white wines of the region. You will continue the tour driving to the next venue, an ancient family run winery with authentic charm. After your guided visit to the cellars, you will taste 3 premium red and white wines accompanied by fresh domestic appetizers: locally produced cheeses, meat delicacies, olives, olive oil and fresh bread. After the tour, your personal guide will bring you back to your accommodation.

Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

2. Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

Learn to cook like a real Sicilian in a typical palazzo located in Catania city center and get hands-on help preparing your own lunch or dinner from a friendly cook. Enter the home of your cook and teacher, Claudia, located in the heart of Catania, very close to all historic attractions, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, and theaters. Along with her husband, she has developed a refined menu of Sicilian recipes, using fresh produce and raw materials from the island. During your lesson, discover how to prepare the fish and vegetables bought from the local market and use olive oil produced in Sicily. Prepare a typical four-course meal composed of dishes based on the Sicilian tradition such as tomato and eggplants pasta or anchovies, flan, pasta with zucchini and pistachios, vegetable rolls with orange, and, of course, Panna cotta from the Etna region, all paired with local red wines.

Godfather Private Tour with Optional Wine Tasting and Lunch

3. Godfather Private Tour with Optional Wine Tasting and Lunch

Enjoy the sights and tastes of Italy à la The Godfather in the company of a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or port at a time suitable to you before beginning your tour in Savoca, a medieval hilltop town where the fictitious Michael Corleone hid out during the "Going to the Mattresses" scene. In Savoca, you will stop at Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly as it did in the movie. At Bar Vitelli, you will be invited to take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun, see pictures from The Godfather movie, enjoy the view from the square where the wedding scene was filmed and purchase souvenirs. The highlight, however, will be an optional tasting of Sicilian cannoli and lemon granita. Your next stop will be the church of Santa Lucia, where Michael and Apollonia got married. You will follow in the footsteps of the newlyweds down the hill into the town. Once in the town, you will visit another ancient church, dating back to the 13th century. Your guide will tell you about the filming processes involved in shooting The Godfather and some fun trivia about the movie, the director and the actors. With your guide, you will learn about the real history of the Sicilian mafia, how it rose and developed, how it was structured, and about the "Law of Silence", "Men of Respect" and the "Boss of the Bosses". After all this walking and learning, you will be taken to visit one of the best wine bars in Savoca where you can try excellent Sicilian wines and locally produced, traditional food including cheeses, salami, prosciutto, olives and homemade bread. During the tour in Savoca, you will also see the mirror monument dedicated to Coppola, on the panoramic terrace overlooking the Ionian coast, the site of Michael Corleone's wedding scene. Your tour will continue to Forza D'Agro, another stunning hilltop town. Your guide will lead you along abandoned streets towards the historic square where you will visit the churches Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata. In Forza D'Agro, you will see the piazza where young Vita Andolini escaped from Don Ciccio's men and you will walk up to the remains of a 12th century Norman Castle to admire the panoramic view of the Ionian coastline. Afterwards, you can choose to have lunch or dinner at one of Sicily's best fish restaurants with an accompaniment of fine Sicilian wines before returning to your hotel or other drop off location.

From Catania: Mount Etna Half-Day Tour and Wine Experience

4. From Catania: Mount Etna Half-Day Tour and Wine Experience

Start with pickup from your hotel and begin your exploration of Mount Etna. Start by discovering some craters on a trek led by an expert multilingual naturalistic guide. Along the route, admire the ancient lava flows and breathtaking landscapes. Explore a lava cave with helmets and torches. After exploring Mount Etna, discover the famous wine of the region, notable for its distinct characteristics given by the fertile, mineral-rich soil surrounding the volcano. Taste a selection of local wines, and enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch made with local products.

Catania: Street Food Walking Tour

5. Catania: Street Food Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the exquisite food of Sicily on a street food walking tour through Catania, and gain fascinating insights into the culinary traditions of the town from an expert guide. Tuck into arancino, stuffed Italian rice balls coated with bread crumbs, a staple of Sicilian cuisine. Savor the taste of granita, a semi-frozen dessert, and sip on Seltz Limone e Sale, the typical refreshment drunk on the beaches around Catania. Satisfy that sweet tooth by gorging on cannolo, Italian pastries which contain a creamy filling. Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about the local culture as you make your way through a traditional fish market and the winding alleyways of the Old Town.

Mt. Etna South Side Day Tour

6. Mt. Etna South Side Day Tour

This is a 1-day excursion by bus from Taormina to Mount Etna. The highest volcano in Europe (10,922 feet high), its smoking peak can be seen throughout Sicily with seismic activity constantly changing its shape. There are 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters. You'll be picked up from Taormina at 08:30 AM from where you'll be driven to the Etna refuge. From here, you'll be able to trek around the the Silvestri’s Craters at 1.900 meters. You then have the option (at extra cost) to head to the top of the volcano by funicular and a 4x4-wheel drive. Eruptions at the summit are extremely spectacular, but rarely threaten the inhabited areas around the volcano. An eruption in 1669 lasted 122 days and destroyed several towns. Since then, there have been countless summit eruptions and at least 60 flank eruptions, the last one in 2008. At 04:00 PM, you'll be returned you to Taormina. It's a guarantee that you'll never experience a similar volcano in the whole of Europe.

Catania Street Food Tour

7. Catania Street Food Tour

Set off on a journey through the flavors, aromas, and gastronomic traditions of Catania. Start from the meeting point in Piazza Duomo 18, in front of the pharmacy. Admire the Town Hall, the wonderful St. Agata's Cathedral, the Obelisk of the elephant or “Liotru” (symbol of the city) and the Amenano fountain. Continue on Via Etnea, Catania's main street whose name comes from the Etna volcano, visible from the beginning to the end of the boulevard. Pass through Piazza Università with its magnificent baroque buildings, erected after the destruction of the earthquake of 1693. Discover Via dei Crociferi, a small jewel of baroque art and churches, often immortalized by the greatest Italian filmmakers. During the walk, taste a good selection of local products. Savor refreshing drinks that you can taste in the kiosks in the central squares, such as lemon mandarin, and seltz lemon and salt. Sample fried fish enjoyed in the fish market, the iconic “Arancino", and you will finish the experience with local pastries.  Enjoy the afternoon with your guide, visiting the most important monuments and discovering the secrets of Sicilian gastronomy.

Catania Like a Local: Customized Private Walking Tour

8. Catania Like a Local: Customized Private Walking Tour

Escape the endless historical facts of many sightseeing tours and discover Catania like a local. Get assigned a local host who will show you what it is really like to live in the city! Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Chat with a local who is passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. As they are not professionals, and only do tours occasionally, they provide an experience that is authentic and personal. Meet where you are staying to get familiar with the neighborhood. Find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around and the hidden gems you might otherwise miss. Learn about cultural differences, local events and what it’s like to be a true resident of the city. By the end of the experience, you will feel more comfortable navigating on your own, confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.

From Catania: Ionian Coast Tour in a Vintage Car

9. 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: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

10. Catania: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings

Meet your expert guide, then set off on your 3 hour tour around Catania. Visit some of the city’s most popular food spots, as well as hidden gems that only the locals know about.  Follow your guide as you walk through the atmospheric city streets, soaking up the sights and smells all around you. Then, pass by the famous Piazza Federico di Svevia and Castello Ursino. Along the way, sample a selection of traditional dishes and delicacies, and learn about the history of each dish. Highlights of the tour include a delicious arancini al ragu, spicy anchovies, and baked cipollina. You’ll also enjoy a fruit seltz drink and beer toast.  End the tour with a tasty brioche or ricotta minnuzza cake.

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The Godfather tour was a unique experience and I can really recommend it to any fan of the film series. Our tour guide Marco (announced was an Omar) impressed us with his competent knowledge, his cordiality and not to forget the best oranges he had brought as a snack. We spent a wonderful time at the original location and learned things I did not know. Even my wife, who had no idea about the film, was thrilled. We found the price reasonable. In addition, we were picked up directly in front of the apartment and returned safely. Thank you Marco!

Anna was very responsive to us, conjured up a delicious dinner with us (tagliatelle with pak choi and caponata) and also gave us great tips for our stay in Catania. We learned a lot about the country and its people that evening in a very personal atmosphere. Absolutely to recommend!!!

Our excellent driver Bruno took us to three different vineyards to taste rose, white and red wines as well as prosecco. Salty pieces of wine tasting and an expert guide to the wines on the farms. The slopes of Mount Etna also had magnificent views.

Nice guide (Angela ...?) Who showed and told about the city. Had the luxury of being alone on this guided tour so it became a private tour. Got to taste specialties, very satisfied!

Excellent experience, Anna was amazing and very welcoming.