Gastronomic Street Food Tour of Catania
You will meet your guide right in the city centre of Catania in Piazza Duomo, where you will visit the
Cathedral, a jewel of Sicilian Baroque and UNESCO heritage. From here you will head to the quaint fish market, better known as "la pescheria", where you will taste local cheeses, olives and some exquisite oil. If you prefer fish to meat, at the pescheria you will taste the
best mixed fried fish of the city: everything is clearly ultra fresh!
The city tour continues along
via Crociferi, famous for its churches and its importance in the procession for the Festa of Sant'Agata, the patron saint of the city. Following, via Etnea, the main street of Catania, you will arrive at
Piazza Stesicoro, home to the Roman amphitheater excavated in the early twentieth century. A short stroll and you will reach the famous
Bar Savia, which serves the
best arancini in Catania, while at the Bakery Pacini the much-loved
cipollina awaits you (a specialty of Catania made with puff pastry, tomato, onion, mozzarella and ham). Crossing "la fiera" - as is the local name for the biggest market of the city - you will arrive at the finest kiosk of Catania: the Chiosco Costa. Here you will taste the typical fizzy drink made from fresh Selz and syrups, all freshly prepared.
Next stop the port, where a
mixed plate of meat, horsemeat meatballs barbecued on hot coals, and the legendary cipollata (spring onions wrapped with bacon) all await you. Last stop will be dedicated to the local sweets: during winter you will have
Cannolo with ricotta,
cassatella (ricotta local pastry) and an almonds based dessert. During the summer you will have one of the best sicilian granita with brioche.
At the end of the tour, your local guide will give you the card
"The Streets of the Elephant" as a reminder of all the key stops of the Street Food tour, with all the different foods tasted on the streets of Catania city centre. The elephant is one of the most important symbols of the city and it is not by accident that you will see in Piazza Duomo the famous elephant statue, restored to its former splendor after recent restoration work.
- Food tasting
- Professional guide
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Most travelers can participate
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Minimum drinking age is 18 years
- A minimum of 2 people are required per booking
- A maximum of 10 people per booking
Interesting, informative and great fun - excellent tour guide Ana ( the tour was in English but she was fluent in many European languages as well) a local born and bred - enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the long history of the city its culture and food. Eating in the food markets , trying local wine and soft drinks. Just don’t have breakfast first!
Coming from a cruise liner we had booked and completed a number of old city tours. We were especially looking forward to the street food experience as this was a first, BUT we were in a group with 30 which is double the size of the other tours, and although we asked to be with an English guide four non English speakers were included. The guide Anna did her best, but the large group did not help organisation and timing of food or getting around the streets. Unfortunately this was not a great experience, this concept could work with better planning and attention to what has been offered. It was also unfortunate to have very negative people in the group that complained about everything! One plus, the food we tasted was very fresh and tasty.
Guide seemed overwhelmed with group siza. She went way too fast and without a flag or headphones she lost our group at the stairs. I doubt that she even missed six of us as she never counted
On our month long tour of Italy this was one of the Best tours we took! Our guide was knowledgeable of the city and also the food we tasted. It was obvious she knew the products and the history of them in the city but also that she shopped and ate at the stops. We really felt she was sharing things she loved about her town. She also allowed us to linger over things that we found interesting and move quickly when we wanted. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Catania!
This tour was amazing!
Our guide Basil, was very knowledgeable about Catania. As well as taking us to some yummy places to try street food, he explained many aspects of the city, the history, architecture etc and answered all our questions thoroughly. It was a very hot day so it was lovely to finish with Granita.
This is an excellent tour which I would definitely recommend. The guide was very informative, we got to have a good look around Catania, and to try various Sicilian drinks and food as we went, the whole family enjoyed this tour.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and food was delicious. Thank you, great four hours!