Surely one of the cities that had a very strong contact with the Roman domination, visible mainly in its old ruins, Catania hides also other aspects. Together with this ancient part, the city has also a very modern part with churches and its predominant Dome. Begin from the botanic gardens.
These beautiful gardens spread over a surface area of 16,000 square meters where there are also some neoclassical buildings. Inside these buildings that are used as greenhouses, there are many rare, exotic, aquatic and Sicilian plants. The always surrounded by nature visit the Bellini Gardens This is the Catania inhabitants’ famous place for relaxing, going for a walk and admiring the wonderful view that spreads from the city to Mount Etna. The Villa Bellini Gardens spread over about 70,000 square meters where there are avenues, squares, bridges, borders and fountains.
There are statues representing the seven arts at the main entrance to the gardens. Not to be missed is also Via dei Crociferi. This Avenue is a true triumph of eighteenth-century Baroque style, one of the most charming in Catania, where there is a never-ending, opulent line of religious buildings such as the Church of San Benedetto, the Church of the Jesuits and the Church of San Giuliano. Last but not least is Piazza Duomo: this is the heart of Catania, with the city’s symbol monument: the fountain with the Elephant.
The city’s cathedral with the Chapel of Sant’Agata looks out onto this square, where precious treasures are kept.
There is also Palazzo degli Elefanti which is the City Hall. One of Catania’s most interesting roads
starts from Piazza Duomo - Via Etnea, where there are splendid Baroque buildings with lava dust façades and a multitude of shops and confectioners. And to have a complete picture of the beauties of the Sicilian coast, let our driver lead you up to Castelmola, from where you will enjoy an amazing view of the bay of Naxos, Etna and Taormina.
- Private sedan or minivan with a/c
- Pick up and drop off at the pier
- English speaking professional driver at your disposal during the all tour
- Tax, tolls, parking fees, gasoline.
MEALS AND ENTRANCE FEES TO MUSEUMS ARE NOT INCLUDED.
Note that the driver will not enter sites but will give running commentaries of what you are seeing. The vehicle will escort you for the entire tour .Walking is limited unlike bus tour where you have to walk the whole day.
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