Catania & Cyclops bay Tour
The coast of Aci Trezza are three tall, column-shaped islands. According to local legend, these great stones are the ones thrown at Odysseus in The Odyssey. The islands are referred to as the “isole dei ciclopi” (islands of the Cyclops, or Cyclopean Isles) by locals. This compliments the notion that the Cyclops once had a smithy below Mount Etna, which looms over the village to the northwest.
The tour will start from the wharf or other places you prefer.we will drive to Catania which is a medieval and baroque city often destroyed by earthquakes, by the Etna eruptions and by different wars. For this reason, here there are very few historical constructions: in the Catania cathedral, you can see the ancient ruins of a Roman amphitheatre, of some Roman spas and of some Arab-Norman palaces. The Architect Gian Battista Vaccarini redesigned Catania during the XVIII century. Catania is located at the bottom of the Etna volcano on the Ionic coast.. visit Via Etnea with a wonderful view of the Etna.The Dome Square (Piazza Duomo), this is the main square in Catania characterized by harmonious XVIII century palaces and by its central monument representing the symbol of the city: the Fountain with the Elephant. This is a Roman monument made up by stone formed by lava. Always in this square, you can admire the Cathedral with the Sant’Agata Chapel where there is the very precious Sant’Agata treasure and the Palace of the Elephants (Palazzo degli Elefanti) that is the seat of the Catania municipality. From this square, you can arrive to the most important street of this city: after we will visit Acicastello and Aci Trezza(seaside) which is dominated by rocks of the Cyclops eight picturesque basaltic rocks which, according to legend, were thrown by Polyphemus to Ulysses during his escape. The stacks appear on the coats of arms of municipalities of Aci Castello, Acireale, Aci Bonaccorsi Aci Catena. Not far from the coast, this is the Lachea Island, identified with the Homeric Island of Goats and currently houses the headquarters of a gas station biology studies at the University of Catania.Then we drive back to the starting point Catania / Giardini Naxos / Messina where you might prefer to visit parts of the city.or cultural and you can enjoy a stop mouthwatering famous cannoli or an ice cream, maybe a cappuccino, the choice is yours. All tours have English speaking guides and relaxing and comfortable vehicles