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I nostri clienti avranno la possibilità di utilizzare 2 biciclette messe a disposizione dalla nostra struttura per visitare la città di Catania assaporandone i colori, le strade in pietra lavica e perchè no, assaporando un ottima granita con brioches o un ottimo arancino.

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Cava Carosello, un'oasi sulla foresta

Cava Carosello: An oasis on the forest

The way to arrive to Noto, the biggest city to Cava Carosello from Catania is quite easy, because the highway that connects this two cities of Sicily is really fast and easy to get by.

How to get there?

 

Where is Noto?

Noto is a city and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. It is 32 kilometres (20 mi) southwest of the city of Syracuse at the foot of the Iblean Mountains. It lends its name to the surrounding area Val di Noto. In 2002 Noto and its church were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Noto Cathedral

How is the trip?

To arrive there is quite adventurous, but precisely that is the magic of the tour. You are arriving to one of those places that just locals know. Is hard to find foreigners out there, which means that the activity is not a crowded one.

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When we get off the from the car, the trek starts. It is an easy one, but that doesn’t is not interesting. We went on roads of more than 500 years, because that Natural Park a few centuries ago was inhabited by farmers. It is an experience that also has a historical background.

We arrived to the paradise!

We will the photos and video we did to speak by themselves:

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Golden beach and blue sea!

Golden beach and crystal clear water. Caribbean? Maldives? Hawaii?

No! Just the awesome Gelsomineto that extends to the sea with sand dunes and shrubs.

How to reach the Gelsomineto from Catania?

Take the A18 motorway towards Siracusa.

Cassibile exit and head towards Avola / Noto on Highway 115 for 3,78km, after crossing the river Cassibile on your left you will find an old house with a dirt road in front of which you must turn. Here you have good place to swim and take a pleasant bath!

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Fish Market

The Fish Market is the old fish market of the city of Catania and is included in the tourist route to the folklore content that you breathe as you pass between the counters of the fishmongers. The fact that it’s always crowded and loads of incessant clamor of the vendors create a unique atmosphere.
The counters are from the beginning of the nineteenth century in the tunnels dug around the Cinquecento in Palazzo del Seminario of the Clerics and the walls of Carlo V, in front of the Navy-arches, once immersed in the waters of the underlying fishing harbor, now filled and transformed into public parks, in Piazza Alonzo di Benedetto and Piazza Pardo.

Villa Bellini

For the people of Catania the Bellini garden is simply put a ‘Villa’, a place of recreation, relaxation, walks and meetings.
The villa occupies, as a whole, an area of ​​70,942 square meters within which are arranged flower beds, squares for sporting and musical events, benches for resting and reading, shaded boulevards and fountains.
Its location is lovely. Two hills, which rise in the center are divided by a large square, overlooking much of the city, the expanse of the sea and the majestic Etna;
Because of this diversity of views that it offers, the Garden of Catania is considered as one of the best in Europe.
It has a large botanical heritage consisting of 106 species of plants mainly of exotic origin; there are several centenarians specimens, with all their majesty they make more than a fine garden.
Since recent years the Bellini park welcomes prestigious performances that enliven the evenings of Catania for both Italian and foreign visitors alike.

Park Hours:     Summer hours: 06:00 – 23:00;
Spring-Autumn: 06:00 – 22:00;
Winter: 06:00 – 21:00;

Via della Mecca – tel. 095 7150508 – open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. On the other days by appointment. Free entry.

Orto Botanico

L’orto Botanico di Catania risalente al 1858, si estende su una superficie di circa 16.000 mq ed è sede di alcune collezioni peculiari, quali le ‘succulente’, le ‘palme’ e le ‘piante spontanee siciliane”.

È un giardino diretto dal Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali dell’Università di Catania.

 

Giorni di apertura:

Dal lunedì al venerdì dalle 9.00 alle 17.00 (ultimo ingresso ore 16.00)

Il sabato dalle 9.00 alle 13.00 (ultimo ingresso ore 12.00). Chiuso la domenica.

 

Le visite possono essere prenotate all’Info Point di Officine Culturali ai numeri: 0957102767 – 3349242464

 

Sito internet: http://attivitaortobotanico.unict.it

Thermal baths of the Rotonda

The Massimo “Vincenzo Bellini” Theatre is the center of Catania opera. In 1870 the architect Andrea Scala was assigned the task of finding a suitable site to build a new politeama (a theater for performances of different genres), after examining the various options it was decided that the site would be on the area of the Cutelli Square. Despite financial uncertainty the project was approved and with the assistance of the Milanese architect Carlo Sada the work was carried forward, financed by a group of shareholders of the ‘Anonima del Politeama’-society.

Bonaiuto Chapel

The Bonaiuto Chapel is a church of the Byzantine period in Catania, built between the sixth and ninth century A.D. and it is one of the few prominent buildings from the Byzantine era that survived in Catania. The chapel is located inside a baroque palace in the popular district of the Catanian ‘Civita’. It presents a Greek cross with a square plan, a dome and three apses in the form similar to the Byzantine ‘Cuba’ as seen in several places in Sicily. Today the Chapel resides about two meters under street level. The building, which is also enriched with medieval and fifteenth century testimonies, has managed to escape the devastation of the earthquakes that hit the city, including the devastating 1693 earthquake.

 

Via Bonajuto 5-13

tel. 095 321338

– Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:30 / 13:00. Closed Monday. Free entry.

Basilica Collegiata

The Maria Santissima dell’Elemosina Basilica, better known as the ‘Basilica Collegiata’, is a late Baroque church situated along the via Etnea, not far from the Palazzo dell’Università in the historical center of Catania.

 

Via Collegiata 3 / via Etnea.