This tour’s an easy introduction to Catania’s sights, and it’s a chance to sample some of the local wines, too. First, you’ll travel from the port to Tenuta de Gelso, a 65-hectare area on the slopes of Mount Etna that uses the mineral-rich volcanic soil to grown grapes, citrus fruits and olives. You’ll be shown around the winery, before sitting down to try a couple of them along with bread, cheeses, salami slices and olives. When you’re done here, you’ll then set off for a drive through Catania’s bustling, Baroque-style centre. The majority of the city had to be rebuilt after an earthquake in 1693, so a lot of the pastel-yellow buildings have a lot of history behind them. Before stopping off for 30 minutes’ free time, you’ll pass by 100-year-old water fountains dedicated to famous Catania authors, like Giovanni Verga. And Piazza Stesicoro is a city square where you’ll see the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheatre. You’ll have some time to browse for souvenirs made of the area’s volcanic rock, too, before setting off back to the port.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.