Aci Castello (Sicilian: Jaci Casteḍḍu) is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Catania in Sicily, Italy. The city is located 9 kilometres (6 mi) north of Catania on the Mediterranean coast. The primary economic sectors are agriculture and industry (in Catania). The city is neighbored by Aci Catena, Acireale, Catania, San Gregorio di Catania and Valverde.
Restaurants in Aci Castello
5 based on 636 reviews
Etna Est has been organizing since 2000 excursions on Etna but also guided tours to the most beautiful places in Sicily, such as Taormina and Syracuse. Our trips are conceived in order to offer you a perfect service. Our guides are professional and friendly and can't look forward to sharing with you their love and passion for this amazing land. Live your dreams with Etna Est!
Highly recommended. Amazing view and very knowledge guide. Be aware is not a walk on a flat land, so be equipped with good shoes for the mountain. The good part is that the guide has all necessary (shoes, helmets for visiting lava tunnel). Don't forget your camera, you'll get amazing pictures.
4.5 based on 551 reviews
My second time in Acitrezza, and I must say that it won't be the last! Beautifully set and lovely place to be... Both in Winter and Summer is recommended to visit. Very clean Promenade and ample places to eat, drink and relax... Worth a visit and easy reachable both from Messina to the north and Catania to the south!
5 based on 273 reviews
Visit Mount Etna
I am not the person who fancy sightseeing with a guide, but after an excursion that was orginized by this agency I will have to change my mind. I had a chance to know Etna by myself a little bit by orginizing some trekking with my friend but it is not the same. The primarily thing is their knowledge though. Roberto had answered all of my questions and explained everything in a very thorough and passionate way. Definitely worth the money! Not to mention the unforgetable views and memories you will take with you.
5 based on 67 reviews
Sicily Private Tours
Gaetano is one of a kind! His enthusiasm and professionalism is above and beyond. He was more than willing to accommodate any request and he always did it with a smile. He single handedly made the voyage through Sicily unforgettable and completely worthwhile. You will not be disappointed. He took us to the most desirable attractions and provided personal tour guides who were exceptional!! Thank you Gaetano for the trip of a lifetime!!
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Il Monastero di San Nicolo l'Arena di Catania (#monasterocatania), gioiello del tardo barocco siciliano e tra i complessi benedettini piu' grandi d'Europa. L'edificio monastico, che nasce nel '500 e si sviluppa fino ai giorni nostri, e' un esempio di integrazione architettonica tra le epoche: contraddistinto da molteplici trasformazioni oggi e' patrimonio mondiale dell'Unesco. Sede del DiSUM (dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche) dell'Universita' degli Studi di Catania, custodisce al suo interno due domus romane, i chiostri e un intero piano costruito da G. B. Vaccarini sopra il banco lavico del 1669. Dal 2010 Officine Culturali, in collaborazione con l'Universita degli Studi di Catania, si occupa della valorizzazione del Monastero dei Benedettini. Il Monastero e' considerato uno dei beni culturali piu' significativi del meridione d'Italia. La missione assunta da Officine Culturali consiste nel rendere accessibile e comprensibile il Monastero nel migliore dei modi e al maggior numero di persone possibile. A tal scopo Officine Culturali ha attivato un'offerta di fruizione variegata e dinamica. Attraverso il servizio di visite guidate giornaliero e' possibile conoscere gli aspetti piu' significativi dell'ex plesso monastico. I percorsi guidati per i piu' piccoli sono arricchiti dai laboratori, dove la narrazione delle "arti e mestieri" benedettini e' svolta in maniera creativa e divertente da professionisti della didattica dell'arte, dell'architettura, delle tradizioni e delle scienze. Oltre al quotidiano svolgimento delle attivita' di promozione, valorizzazione, informazione e accoglienza, Officine Culturali e' promotrice di iniziative ed eventi culturali e di intrattenimento, finalizzati a rendere il Monastero uno spazio di integrazione e aggregazione per la collettivita'.
This former monastery encapsulates a lot of the history of the city of Catania, with a bank of lava forming part of the foundations, the conversion of the monastery into a university building and so on. We went on a Sunday when there were no students around and that may have been an advantage - it meant we could go into the admin offices (formerly the abbot's private suite, with amazing frescoes) which can't be visited during the week. The tour was in Italian but we were given English information sheets before hand so it wasn't difficult to follow and our guide at times gave added explanations in English and Spanish for the non-Italians in the group of 20.
The building is huge and fascinating - lovely restored cloister garden too. The church, the dining area with ceramic tiled floors and the old cellars were all interesting in different ways. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and learned a lot.
We were also lucky to catch an organic food market being held in the courtyard outside the monastery buildings - don't know how often these happen (it was the second Sunday in October) but it was fun to look round the stalls and they had some very good lunch options and fresh new season's pomegranate juice to drink.
4.5 based on 233 reviews
Could be because we entered on a weekday - but still In August - we found a reasonably peaceful lido to hang out in for a day. No loud music or kids. Mostly families or older couples. Cost to non-residents is 10 Euro/person. Very large spaces/decks to hang out on near the water. No beach - but that is typical of this area. Very nice salt water pool - be sure to bring swim caps. Two/three places to grab food if you want, or it appears you can bring in picnic lunch.
4 based on 407 reviews
We walked from our hotel, Sheraton in Aci Castello, all the way down to Aci Trezza. The whole walk only took about a hour on a leisurely walk, stopping by at some Beaches for photos. It's difficult to walk next to the street since the sidewalks here are very narrow and people drive like maniacs. However, it's manageable if you are careful and walk in a single file. Beautiful walk along the shoreline. Very cute little towns along the way. Worth a trip if you are in Catania.
We caught the bus back from Aci Trezza back to Sheraton which was a 10 minute wild ride. Reminded us of the bus driver in the Harry Potter movie. Number 534 goes about every hour on the half hour. However, purchasing bus tickets was not as intuitive. A nice little old lady on the bus sold us the 1 euro tickets from her stash, but still haven't figured out how to buy them. Can't buy the ticket on the bus.
4.5 based on 654 reviews
The "Allied Landings in Sicily Museum" (Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943) is housed in one of the buildings forming the "Ciminiere" cultural centre. The museum narrates the events that took place in Sicily from 10 July to 8 September 1943. This period is still recent history, only seventy years have passed and many senior citizens can still recount the experience. Everything that we have forgotten is now conserved in this museum which aims to protect our most precious asset: peace. The museum is arranged on three floors covering an area of 3,000 square metres, including a temporary exhibition area. By means of reconstructed settings the museum has tried to recreate the conditions of life before, during and after the war, using simulations, projections and original exhibits.
Tour guides talk only about how Italy did nothing wrong and didn’t understand shooting parachutist in the air was wrong. They didn’t understand the allies were there to help. Killing 600 Canadians also not there fault. A picture of an officer briefing troops prior to an airborne assault states the individual was scared young man afraid of action Not what the picture really tells. Final area honors Nazis along with Allied dead.. no difference
On that note the museum is well laid out with interactive elements.
4.5 based on 553 reviews
I am a market fan and so its a must to see the local market in whatever country I am visiting. This mainly fish market did not disappoint and was full of noise and fantastically fresh food. As others have said the fish was probably caught overnight. What always makes it for me as seeing locals doing their everyday shopping and the market not just being yet another tourist attraction. Yes of course tourists were there(I was one of them) but the feeling was much more local. As well as fish and shellfish the market holds fruit and veg stalls as well as bread cheeses cooked meats.....And a grilled artichokes stall which has to be seen and smelt! We weren't there too early but I can imagine the market is a sight to behold first thing. I didn't buy anything but it was great to have a wander round and just take it all in
4.5 based on 106 reviews
Beautiful area with this Norman castle perched on a rock above the sea with brilliant views over the sea and town. Not a lot to see but worth a call for the views and cafes in the square at the base selling some great sicilian food and icecream
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