Get Your Italian Food fix With a Guided Street Food Tour of Catania

Get Your Italian Food fix With a Guided Street Food Tour of Catania

There are so many reasons why you should pay a visit to #Catania #Sicily. We have #history, #culture, #nature and most importantly, some of the world's best #foodanddrink. So get #active and walk up Mount Etna to make yourself ravenous to try our wonderful street food!


I have lived in Catania, Sicily for a long time now and I wish to share my beautiful city and its culinary history with everyone who comes here. Sicily has so much to offer for tourists, whether you’re coming for history, culture, beaches or delicious food, we’ve got you covered! So here is my guide explaining everything you need to know about Catania.

Beautiful Catania

How to get to Catania: Flights to Catania

Catania airport is the biggest airport in Sicily, with quick and cheap direct flights arriving here from London, Paris, Rome and many other places.

Getting from Catania airport to the city centre

The airport has a convenient bus service from the airport to the city centre called the AMT ‘Alibus’. It runs every 20 minutes from 5AM to midnight and stops at many places in Catania city centre and also at Catania Railway Station.

Ferry to Catania

Another way to get to Catania is by boat. There are 7 ferries a week from Naples to Catania, and the journey about 12 hours.

Train from Palermo to Catania

If you are in Palermo and you’d like to take a trip to Catania, there’s nothing more simple! There’s trains running from Palermo to Catania at cheap prices, in many cases less than €20. A direct train takes roughly 2 hours 50 minutes, and a train with a change at Messina Centrale will take around 5 hours 30 minutes.

The Bay of Catania

Hotels in Catania Sicily

Catania has a wonderful selection of hotels which will suit the needs of all tourists. We have a long tradition of hospitality and love to make our guests feel at home. The Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay is a five star hotel overlooking the sea, with rooms furnished with balconies that have spectacular views. If you’re staying here then make sure to use the spa and pool facilities and the free buffet breakfast!

from  $355.12

Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay

 Via Nazionale 161, Taormina, Italy
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  We have a long tradition of hospitality  

Alternatively, if you’re looking to save money and want to stay in a cheap hotel in Catania, then I’d recommend the Hotel Ognina. With a great central location overlooking the waterfront and air-conditioned rooms that have complimentary wifi, this hotel is convenient and won’t break your budget.

from  $48.22

Hotel Ognina Catania

 Via Messina 628, Catania, Italy
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Weather in Catania Sicily

Catania gets warm in summer, with average temperatures of around 25 degrees in July and 26 degrees in August. Spring and autumn are mild, and the wettest month tends to be November.

What to do in Catania

Catania is really well-placed for you to have a wonderful holiday. There are many miles of coastline so you can relax and swim, as well as trying out water sports like sea kayaking or boat tours of the area.

  There are many miles of coastline so you can relax and swim  

As Catania is at the foot of famous Mount Etna, it’s a really good place to do walking. You don’t have to walk all the way up to the top, but if you do make it up there then the views are amazing!

Me walking up Mount Etna

Catania has a fascinating local history which you can learn about by visiting its monuments. As well as being blessed with many churches and the beautiful Catania cathedral, there is also the magnificent Castello Ursino, which dates back to the 13th century.

What to eat in Catania

Street food in Catania has a true cult following. A combination of excellent local ingredients and centuries of culinary tradition makes Catania a must-visit for everyone who loves Italian food, or even anyone who is just a little bit hungry!

from  $54

Gastronomic Street Food Tour of Catania

 Catania CT, Italy
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Guided street food tour of Catania

As there is so much to taste and so many local specialities, the only way you can appreciate everything available is by taking a guided tour of Catania with a local who can point out the best in food markets, shops and restaurants. The best street food tour in Catania takes you through the heart of the old town and to the Catania markets, where you can try black pudding, "il sanguinaccio"(made from pig's blood) and "zuzzo" (meat jelly) all washed down with zibibbo (an aromatic wine). Delicious!

  the only way you can appreciate everything available is by taking a guided tour of Catania  

The next stop takes you to the best arancini in Catania. In case you’re not familiar with arancini, I can guarantee that they will become your next guilty pleasure. It’s a fried ball of risotto, so you have a crispy breadcrumb coating and a centre of rice and flavours like cheese or bolognese. We don’t finish there though! Following that is the Bakery Pacini where the much-loved cipollina awaits you (a speciality of Catania made with puff pastry, tomato, onion, mozzarella and ham). As you may be thirsty by this time, we will head to the finest kiosk of Catania: the Chiosco Costa. Here you can taste the typical fizzy drink made from fresh Selz and syrups, all freshly prepared.

Catania style arancini


Next stop the port of Catania, where a mixed plate of meat, horse-meat meatballs barbecued on hot coals, and the legendary "cipollata" (spring onions wrapped with bacon) all await you. Last but not least, the final stop of the Catania Street Food tour will be in Piazza Duomo, where you will taste the Sicilian "cassatelle", cannoli with ricotta and almond paste at the bakery ”I dolci di nonna Vincenza”. You won’t leave hungry, that’s for sure! Along the way the tour also takes in some of the highlights of Catania so you can enjoy all parts of this magnificent city.

  You won’t leave hungry, that’s for sure!  

So there you have it, everything to keep you entertained in Catania! I hope to bump into you in the street, maybe enjoying an arancini or sipping on some zibibbo!

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