Free Tour Catania "Melior de cinere surgo" (I reborn from my ashes)

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: Spanish
Guru: Alberta
Registered on November 01, 2022

Hello everyone! My name is Alberta, I am an official guide and archaeologist. I like being a guide because I can combine two of my great passions: languages and archaeology. I love travelling and getting to know cultures and people from different parts of the world. I have lived in Ravenna, Spain and France and now I am interested in showing you the beauty of Sicily and my hometown, Catania. I believe that the best way to get to know and experience a city is to rely on the local people, to get to know not only the historical events of a place, but also the aspects of daily life, customs and traditions.

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Tour description

During my guided tour we will discover together the characteristics of archaeological and baroque Catania, visiting places where it will be possible to perceive the historical continuity of this city that was destroyed and then rebuilt several times: we will learn about its special relationship with the nearby volcano Etna and discover the signs of the lava flow that surrounded it in the 17th century. All this will be accompanied by curiosities, legends and traditions (especially gastronomic!).

The tour will start from Piazza Duomo, with its cathedral dedicated to Saint Agatha, the city hall and the characteristic Fountain of the Elephant, the so-called Liotru.

Passing by the fountain of the Amenano River, we will enter the folkloristic historical market, also known as the Pescheria, where you will be enchanted by the variety of local products, including fresh fish, typical delicacies and colourful fruit and vegetables.

If you wish, there will be an opportunity to visit a lava cave hidden underneath a bar (this activity requires an entrance fee of 1€).

We will then move on to the Ursino Castle, built by Frederick II of Swabia in the Middle Ages.

Our next stop will be Piazza San Francesco, where our discussion will touch on several topics: some curiosities about the 19th-century composer Vincenzo Bellini and something about the Greek Katane, before taking an outside look at the Roman theatre and odeon.
During the second part of the visit I will take you through the rich and elegant via Crociferi, a Unesco site of late Baroque Catania and home to churches and monasteries.
We will end our guided tour in Piazza Università, where a peculiar lamppost will illustrate one of the best-known local legends.

I look forward to discovering this magnificent city together!

Important information for travellers 
1. If you don't find available seats to book on the app, you can contact me so you can join the tour without any problems. 
2. Although this is a free walking tour, consider that you will be guided by a tour guide authorised by the Sicilian Region, so I suggest a participation fee of not less than 10€.
3. If the minimum number of 5 participants is not reached, the tour will be cancelled.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Piazza del Duomo, 14, 95124 Catania C...
    Piazza del Duomo, 14, 95124 Catania CT, Italy
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    You will find me at the elephant fountain with a red purse and a white bag

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Piazza Duomo
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Catania Fish Market
  • 3
    Outside visit
    In Putia Dell'Ostello
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Ursino Castle
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Roman Theater of Catania
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Via Crociferi
  • 8
    Outside visit
    University Square

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Alberto 03 Jan 2024

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Travelled in family - Jan 2024
Alberta fantástica
Ana palomo 29 Dec 2023

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Travelled in group - Dec 2023
Alberta fue muy maja, nos hizo el recorrido muy ameno y nos contó muchas curiosidades de la ciudad así como la historia . Lo recomiendo mucho
Iñaki 10 Dec 2023

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2023
Si te apasiona conocer un lugar y su historia, la elección perfecta en Catania es hacerlo con Alberta. Se adaptó a lo q más nos interesaba y descubrimos una ciudad fantástica y con una gran historia gracias a ella.
Esther 09 Dec 2023

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2023
Alberta fue una magnifica guia. Fue una visita llena de anecdotas, historias y detalles. Tambien nos recomendó un par de sitios qué por ser festivo local estaban abiertos al público y qué nosotros no sabíamos
Teresa 08 Dec 2023

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Travelled in group - Dec 2023
Preparada y profesional. Mucha información pero muy ameno e interesante Grupo reducido que es una ventaja para enterarte bien y poder preguntar
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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