Pre-BEX Tours March 11th, 2020

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Photo Walk

Number of participants: 16
Date and Time:
March 11th 8:00 am – End Time 11:30 (approx)

Photo Walk Leaders: Gianni Bianchini and Ivana Greslikova

Starting Point: Piazza del Duomo near “Fontana dell’Elefante”

During the photo walk, you’ll explore popular and lesser known streets of Catania with your camera. You’ll learn the basics of technical and psychological parts when photographing people. We’ll visit a fish market and the old town where you’ll have a chance to interact with locals and challenge yourself to take pictures of them up close while respecting their privacy. Main focus will be the daily life of people, with the main goal to capture local culture through street photography.

Day Trip to Piazza Armerina

Contact: Ettore Messina at ass.messina@comunepiazzaarmerina.it

Number of Participants: 50

Date and Time: March 11th 8:00 am – End Time 5:30 pm

Starting Point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Departure from Catania  by coach
sightseeing tour of the old town led by a professional tourist guide and breakfast stopover with tasting of Sicilian delicacies. Visit to the church, dedicated to st John and frescoed by Borremans, known as “Sicily’s Sistine Chapel”, followed by the visit to Garibaldi theatre and the Commandery of the Knights of Malta, where the guests will be welcomed by actors in medieval costumes. Visits to Piazza Armerina’s Cathedral, Palazzo Trigona and the permanent exhibition of the ancient Jesuit college library of vintage
books.

-Lunch based on local cuisine. No Host
-The afternoon will be dedicated to visit the ancient Roman “Villa of
Casale”, famous for  its splendid roman mosaics.

http://www.visitpiazzaarmerina.com/project/villa-del-casale/

– Return back to Catania in time for evening activities.

Walking Tour of Catania by LivItaly

Contact: Louise at  louise@livitaly.com

Number of Participants: 50

Date and Time: March 11th 9:00 am – End Time Noon

Starting Point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

LivItaly’s Private Catania Walking Tour with a local guide by your side; strolls this stunning city by the Ionian Sea, making your way through its charming alleyways and immerse yourself in tales about the history, culture, gastronomy and architecture of this vibrant metropolitan haven. See the celebrated Sant’Agatha Cathedral, the iconic Ursino Castle, learn about the famous composer Bellini’s early start, stroll down the historic city center street of Via Etnea and walk through the legendary Catania fish market and much more. This is a comprehensive tour focusing on all of the highlights this city has to offer.

Your Catania Walking Tour starts in the marvelous historic center where you will have a brief meet and greet with your guide. You will begin walking along the historic streets and make your way to the Teatro Romano which dates back to 300 BC. Walk through this public access theater and imagine the spectacles which took place thousands of years ago. Learn how the theater was slowly destroyed due to the many volcanic eruptions in the area. Your guide will then take you to a hidden area where you can get a secret view to truly enjoy the overall size of this grand ancient theater.

Earthquakes and eruptions have had a strong hand in the destruction of the Teatro Romano but more modern-day marvels have played a role in this demise as well. Your guide will take you to the huge 19th century Villa Bellini just above the Teatro Romano, and describe to you how the roots of the adjoining splendid gardens are slowly crippling this ancient theater.

Other stops include the breathtaking gardens of this very estate, Via dei Crocifieri, a UNESCO World Heritage site, visit to the 14th century Chiesa di San Benedetto, the thirteenth century majestic Ursino Castle, and one of the most iconic treasures of the city, the Catania Cathedral which was once known as the seat of the Bishops of Catania until nearly the twentieth century.

 

Number of Participants: 20

Date and Time: March 11th 10:00 am – End Time 12:00 pm

Starting Point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Description: Although the town has been destroyed several times by earthquakes and lava flows, it’s still possible to admire Greek-Roman ruins  and Medieval monuments in Catania. The tour with guide will take about 3 hours with internal visits to Terme Achilliane, Ursino Castle, Terme dell’Indirizzo, Greek-Roman Theater, Terme della Rotonda, Roman Amphitheater, Bonajuto Chapel.

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After the Earthquake: Catania’s New Age

Contact: Angela Inferrera at angelainferrera@libero.it

Number of Participants: 20

Date & Time: March 11th, h.15.00-17.00

Starting Point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Description: A professional tour guide will show you the monuments built after the earthquake that destroyed Catania in 1693 and tell you about the history of this ancient town which foundation dates back to the Greek colonization in the 8th century b.C. The tour will last about 2 hours with the following itinerary: piazza Duomo, via Vittorio Emanuele, piazza San Francesco, via Crociferi, via Teatro Greco, piazza Dante, via Gesuiti, Scalinata Alessi, via di Sangiuliano, via Manzoni, piazza Stesicoro, via Etnea, Quattro Canti, piazza Università, piazza Vincenzo Bellini, piazza San Placido, via Museo Biscari, via Dusmet, Villa Pacini, Porta Uzeda.

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Cinema, Music and Literature

Contact: Angela Inferrera at angelainferrera@libero.it

Number of Participants: 20

Date & Time: March 11th, h.15.00-17.00

Starting Point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Description: There is a secrets soul in each town that only a video camera can discover and Catania has been discovered as a perfect location for movies that give a different picture of the “black and white Baroque city”. The same city where famous musicians like Vincenzo Bellini and well known writers like Giuseppe Verga and Federico De Roberto were born or used to live.

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Catania from above and through the Fish Market

Contact: Angela Inferrera at angelainferrera@libero.it

Number of Participants: 20
Date & Time: March 11th, h.10.00-12.00

Starting Point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Description: You will spend about 2 and a half hours with your tour guide visiting the terraces of the Diocesan Museum, the walkways of San Nicola church, the terrace of Palazzo Biscari. This is the best way to have a different point of view “from above”, looking at people who move around and appreciating the unique natural position of the town between water and fire: the Ionian sea and the volcano Etna. Your tour will finish with a stroll in the “pescheria” – historical fish market, where not only the fish is the principal actor.

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A “Delicious” Stroll

Contact: Angela Inferrera at angelainferrera@libero.it

Number of Participants: 15
Date & Time: March 11th, h.16.00-19.00

Starting Point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Description: Italian gastronomy is famous all around the world, and Catania offers a good choice of local specialties, from refreshing drinks that you can taste in the kiosks present in the central squares (e.g. lemon mandarin,seltz lemon and salt),  to “pane di casa e tavola calda”, homemade bread or pizza, from Etna DOC wine to pastries like “cannolo and cassatella” but alsoice cream and granita. Enjoy the afternoon with your guide, choosing together with him/her the “street food” you like more.

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Street Art in Catania – Discovering San Berillo

Contact: Angela Inferrera at angelainferrera@libero.it

Number of Participants: 20
Date & Time: March 11th, h.10.00-12.00

Starting Point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Description: Not only graffiti but a pure street art can be appreciated walking in that part of the town which has been “discovered” by young and old artists in the last years helping people who live here to give a special meaning to walls, windows, doors and corners. San Berillo is not the only place in Catania where street artists use to express themselves, but it has been the first and it remains unique. Join the guide for this special tour in the earth of Catania and visit the little galleries which host young artists’ exhibitions.

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Segway: the Very Different Way to Explore a Town

Contact: Angela Inferrera at angelainferrera@libero.it

Number of Participants: 8
Date & Time: March 11th 09.00-11.00 and h. 11.00-13.00

Starting Point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Description:  Standing on your electric chariot and following your guide and your Segway specialist,  you will stroll around Catania. In the Villa Pacini we learn together how to use our Segway vehicle. From here we  reach Piazza Duomo. Taking via Etnea we cross Piazza Università. From here we go to Piazza Vincenzo Bellini. Back to Via Etnea, we reach Piazza Stesicoro and then we cross the green area of the public garden, well known as “Villa Bellini”, so we reach Piazza Dante. After that we go along Via Crociferi, to arrive, after passing under the arch San Benedetto, to piazza San Francesco and then to Piazza Federico di Svevia. Finally we go back to Villa Pacini.

www.guidesicilia.com & www.cstrents.com

Nordic Walking along the Playa

Contact: Angela Inferrera at angelainferrera@libero.it

 

Number of Participants: 20
Date & Time: March 11th, h.09.30-12.30
Meeting point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Description: with your guide and the help of two walking poles you will explore the coastline from the harbour going along the sandy beach. The so called “Playa” is plenty of bathing facilities opened from May to October. But some of them are open even in the low season and are ready to invite us for a snack. Go/back the entire pleasant walk will be about 6 Km from Catania.

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Sailing along the coast

Contact: Angela Inferrera at angelainferrera@libero.it

Number of Participants: 10
Date & Time: March 11th 9:30 AM – 1 PM

Meeting point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Description: itinerary along the coast to be defined (subject to weather conditions)

www.wishingsicily.com & www.leganavale.it

Volcanic landscape, Baroque churches and granita siciliana … what else? Puppet theater!

Contact: Angela Inferrera at angelainferrera@libero.it

Number of Participants: 8

Date & Time: March 11th 9:30 am – 1 PM

Meeting point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Description:  Would you like to listen about ancient myths? and learn how to make granita? and  meet a family that still organizes puppet shows? Join us in this experience! Moving from Catania by with your experienced driver-guide, you will stop along the coast to look at the Norman castle in Acicastello and at the “faraglioni” – lava pillows that gave origin to the story of  Ulisses and Polifemo. Proceeding to Acireale and stop in the Villa Belvedere to admire an amazing landscape that goes from Sicily to Calabria. On foot you will reach the Duomo and the San Sebastiano church. Before leaving Acireale stop in a traditional ice cream shop to learn the secret of the Sicilian granita, which origin dates back to the Arabian presence in Sicily and was once made with snow from Etna and fresh lemon juice. Finally visit to a traditional puppet theater and museum.

www.wishingsicily.com

Mt. ETNA TREKKING FROM ABOVE –Alpine Guide

Contact: Nìcola at alpineguidesitaly@gmail.com

http://www.alpineguidesitaly.com

Number of Participants: 13
Date & Time: March 11th, h.08:00-4:00
Meeting point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121

Alpine guides Italy and Etnaskiservice, are happy to offer you the chance to explore the island in a non
common way, through activities of a certain engagement, always in safety with our professional Alpine
Guides.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:
Comfortable and warm sportswear, wind jacket, hat and gloves

Trekking shoes/good sneakers

Backpack with water and snacks

TERMS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE:
 Good health conditions, no heart problems.
 From 12 years old onwards

PLEASE COMMUNICATE at alpineguidesitaly@gmail.com:
 Eventual dietary requirements
 If you need parts of personal equipment

EXTRA COSTS PER ATTENDEE TO PAY LOCALLY:
 Cable car ticket PRICE PER PERSON: 30,00€ https://www.funiviaetna.com/

EXTRA COSTS TO PAY LOCALLY ONLY IF NECESSARY/FOR PERSONAL CHOICE:
 Rent of trekking shoes PRICE PER PERSON: 5,00€
 Rent of very worm wind jacket in case of bad weather or strong winds PRICE PER PERSON: 5,00€

DESCRIPTION
With this excursion you will be able to admire the beautiful volcano from above, very closet o its pit area.
We will drive from the town of Catania to Etna south, Rifugio Sapienza 1900m.a.s.l./6233 ft.a.s.l., in around 1h drive.
Once there we will be taking the cable car to quickly rise up to 2500m.a.s.l./8200ft.a.s.l. from where we will
start the excursion with our professional Alpine Guides. Weather permitting we will be able to see the top of the volcano, the incredible Valle del Bove, and the craters from the 2001 eruption.

Depending on the
forecast conditions the trekking will last between 2 to 3 hours, with not much drop (around 200m/656 ft) and on an easy volcanic terrain.
Needless to say, with good weather, the view of the gulf of Catania, the 10km long beach “la Plaja” and the whole volcano is incredible.
In case of good weather conditions a little pick nick lunch, made with local specialties, will be offered by our company during the excursion so please make sure you have communicated eventual dietary
requirements.

In case of adverse weather conditions we will consume our lunch in a warm and cozy hut after the excursion, on the way back to Catania.

PLEASE NOTE: The guides will evaluate the same day whether the use of normal trekking shoes/sneakers will be enough. In case, instead we will need snow shoes or crampons it will all be provide with no extra
prices.

 

DAY TRIP TO ACI CASTELLO

Contact: Antonio Maugeri at maugeri.antonio@gmail.com

www.guidesicilia.com

Number of Participants: min 10 max 20
Date & Time: March 11th, h.09:00-5:00
Meeting point: Palazzo della Cultura, the address is: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 121 – guided 8 hr tour

The Cyclops Riviera, where Myth, stories and nature are extremely important. This archipelago
dates back to 5000,00 years ago and it is the result of a pre-Etna volcanic submarine activity .

1) 9:30  The ” Castle “ Aci Castello has a particular shape which recalls a stoneship stranded on the square between the sky and the sea . The terrace houses a botanical garden, an interesting example of micro environmental climate with luxuriant plants and cacti of considerable value .

2) 11.00 am San Giuseppe Church and Giovanni Calogero Atelier
You can first visit the rooms of the castle which house a little Museum with an archaelogical section and a mineralogical section , then you can see a Byzantine Chapel where you can appreciate and admire some works the Sicilian- Catanese Jean Calogero . In San Giuseppe Church you
can admire paintings of great artistic value attributed to well-known Acese pictorial schools including three paintings by Matteo Ragonese a .mid-eighteenth century painter and the circle of the Catanese
painter Olivo Sozzi including The Pale depicting San Francesco di Paola and San Filippo Neri. This place also houses four modern paintings by Jean Calogero , a twentieth century Sicilian painter. His paintings offer a successful combination of art, where classic forms and chromatic choices alternate with contemporary ones.

3) 12:00 Aci trezza is a few kilometers from Aci Castello. It is a fishing village with a lively promenade . The seafront is dominated by the Faraglioni dei Ciclopi, famous basaltic pointed rocks, with pointed and jagged shapes which rise from the sea.

4) 1.00 pm Street Food with tasting of Etna wine and typical local products. Sicilian gastronomy is famous all over the world, and Aci Castello offers a wide choice of local specialties. You can taste the well known“Arancini “ typical Sicilian food , different kinds of
superb Etna wines and a lot of local products. The tour ends with a visit to the ancient Sicilian craft workshop of the so-called “Mastri D’Ascia”,
craftsmen carpenters expert in the construction and decoration of small boats.

5) 3.30 pm La “Casa del Nespolo”
Description: The next part of the tour continues with a guided tour of the “ Casa del Nespolo” museum inspired by Giovanni Verga’s novel “ I Malavoglia “ a nineteenth century masterpiece by G. Verga. The novel is set in Acitrezza , a small little fishing village , and it portrays the hard and difficult life of that community. In this museum you can admire the ancient fishing tools of that time.You can also listen to a storyteller “cantastorie” who dramatizes some passages d rawn from the novel
“I Malavoglia”, Moreover you can taste the “ lupins of Bastianazzo” ( a sort of legumes). Another room in the museum houses images of Luchino Vsconti’s film “ La Terra Trema”, a neorealist film,shot in the late 1940s by the great Milanese film director who chose common local people
as actors .

6) 5.00 p.m. Return to Catania

TBEXtra: A Choice of Museums

Number of Participants: 20
Date & Time: March 11th

Starting Point: Each Individual Museum

Description: A guide will wait for you in front of your favorite museum, you only have to choose which one you want to visit. The museums in Catania are very close each other: you can visit two or three in the same day.

09.00-10.00 Civic Museum of Ursino Castle

09.00-10.00 Museum of the landings in Sicily in 1943

10.30-11.30 Museum of the cinema

10.30-11.30 Archaeological Museum of the Tobacco Factory

12.00-13.00 Civic Museum of Bellini and Emilio Greco

16.15-17.00 Giovanni Verga’s Museum

17.30-18.30 Ludum Science Museum (transport will be provided)

www.guidesicilia.com & www.museodellascienza.com

“A Choice of Museums” is a TBEXtra due to multiple times and locations. There is no sign up required for this tour. Show up 5 minutes early to meet your guide before your museum tour begins. NOTE: You are welcome to join as many museum tours listed in this TBEXtra as you like – in addition to another Pre- or Post-BEX Tour.

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