Where to go on holiday in Italy in May: cities and weekend itineraries

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Joel Fulleda

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May is the perfect month to visit Italy! Spring is the ideal season for a long weekend out of town: not only cities of art and cultural destinations, but also naturalistic and open-air excursions. With the warm season festivals, markets, events details seem to awaken.

Here are some ideas of cities, places and ideal itineraries in May in Italy, feasible in 2 or 3 days in the north, center and south.


  1. Destinations and weekend proposals in the north
  2. Destinations and weekend proposals in the center
  3. Destinations and weekend proposals in the south
  4. User questions and comments

Destinations and weekend proposals in the north

1 - Bergamo, Lombardy

In the heart of Lombardy, at the foot of the Orobie Prealps, Bergamo it is divided between the modern Lower Town and its little gem, the Upper Town.

Everything develops around Piazza Vecchia where the Palazzo della Ragione, the eighteenth-century fountain, the civic tower better known as Il Campanone and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colleoni Chapel stand out. There is no shortage of green areas such as the Lorenzo Rota Botanical Garden. For music lovers, the Donizetti house-museum. While art lovers, in the Lower Town find theAccademia Carrara (€ 12,00).

From 2012 to May the Ethnic and popular traditions festival, an interesting and extremely topical event.

Weekend proposal: Bergamo and Lake Iseo

Just 80 km (1 hour 20 min by car or 2 hours by train Bergamo / Iseo with change in Brescia from € 6,70), on Lake Iseo you can enjoy a Boat tours (indicative prices around € 20,00 per person), or visit some islands / villages independently, for example Montisola or Lovere. From the port of Iseo there are various ferries that connect the villages (ticket from € 2,10 to € 5,50, more info here).
Our advice is to visit Montisola, the largest lake island in Europe (5 sq km and a circumference of about 9 km) and an altitude ranging from 187 to 600 m asl A real mountain in the middle of the lake. Having become famous for hosting Christ's "The Floating Piers", the island hides splendid towns, marinas, green corners and a wonderful sanctuary.

  • Info: The ferries from Iseo on the weekend intensify the races, the last one at 19:02 (more info here)
  • based in Bergamo - Hotels and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • Bergamo: Traditional Food Tour Bergamo: Guided Walking Tour of the Upper Town Bergamo: 2,5-hour walk in the lower town with guide

2 - Mantua, Lombardy

Surrounded by 3 artificial lakes, Mantua it is known for its Renaissance architecture of the buildings built by the Gonzagas, such as the Palazzo Ducale, with the Mantegna's wedding chamber and its domes drawing the skyline of the city, and Palazzo Te (9: 00-18: 30) in which every surface is covered with paintings of mythological scenes.
Unmissable masterpieces are Piazza Sordello, the Rotonda di San Lorenzo, the Clock Tower where some interesting exhibits are always set up, the delightful Bibiena theater, which was inaugurated by a very young Mozart and the cathedral of Sant'Andrea.

In mid-May, the city usually hosts the Bam (European Bicycle Adventure Meeting): three days of meetings, workshops, rides to discover the territory, but above all fun.

Weekend proposal: Mantua, Valli del Mincio and Sabbioneta

After a full day in Mantua, a bucolic experience to do in spring is to explore the Mincio Valley Park, admiring flora and fauna, taking part in river cruises departing from the city (from € 15,00). During the navigation you will admire white and yellow water lilies, water chestnuts and lotus flowers, gray herons, night herons and egrets. There are different types of cruises: by duration, route, with lunch on board, dinner and music, etc.
Delicious to visit is Sabbioneta (bus 17S, € 5,00, you will arrive in about 1 hour). Orange flag and Unesco Heritage, it is the example of a perfect city wanted by Duke Gonzaga. The classic tour includes Palazzo Giardino and the Grand Corridor, Olympic Theater, Palazzo Ducale and internal museum, the Synagogue. Monuments opening hours 9: 30-13: 00 and 14: 30-18: 00

  • Info: from Piazza Sordello to Palazzo Te free shuttle 7: 00-21: 00 - Mantova Sabbioneta Card: € 20,00 includes all attractions - In Sabbioneta, ticket per attraction € 5,00 - Cumulative ticket € 13,00 - Cumulative ticket and guided tour € 18,00
  • based in Mantua - Hotels and b & b from € 62,00 per room -
  • Mantua: Guided Tour of the City Center and the Ducal Palace Mantua: Tour of the Castle of San Giorgio and the Ducal Palace

3 - Merano, Trentino-Alto Adige

The Venosta Valley it is the widest and sunniest valley in South Tyrol not far from Merano.
The territory is a riot of historical and artistic beauties and unspoiled nature.
The main towns of Val Venosta, imbued with enviable charm and beauties are: Castelbello, Glorenza, Laces, Lasa, Malles, Martello, Ortles, Sluderno, Solda, Stelvio, Trafoi. Do not miss the imposing Castel Coira in Sluderno, the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Maria in Malles.

Not far away we find Merano, a delightful town with a Hapsburg charm famous for spas, Art Nouveau buildings, green parks and waterways.
The Merano Market is set up from March to October where you can find only natural and artisanal products from South Tyrol.

Weekend proposal: Active holiday in Val Venosta

A stone's throw from Merano (51 km), the Vinschgau it can be reached by car or by bicycle with the "Claudia Augusta" cycle path.
Don't miss the Resia lake with its famous submerged bell tower, symbol of the whole valley and in summer a paradise for hikers, fishermen, bikers and surfers; the sources of the Adige and the paths of the Rogge, the Abbey of Monte Maria which, at an altitude of 1.340 meters, constitutes the highest Benedictine abbey in Europe.
For a walk, choose Glorenza, in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy, thanks to its fully preserved walls, arcades and historic walls (from Merano train to Malles, 1 hour and 22 minutes).
Finally, enjoy a relaxing day in one of the spas the area.

  • Info: The boat ride on Lake Resia is only available from July to September
  • based in Merano - Hotels and b & b from € 115,00 per room -
  • Dolomites: 1 day excursion from Bolzano

4 - Venice, Veneto

Lying on more than 100 small islands of a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, the first peculiarity of Venice is the fact that there are no streets but canals, the most famous of which, the Grand Canal is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces.
On the central Piazza San Marco rise the Basilica of San Marco enriched with Byzantine mosaics, and the bell tower, from which you can enjoy a panoramic view over the roofs of the city. Also not to be missed are the Doge's Palace and the very romantic bridges: from Rialto, dei Sospiri up to the modern and much discussed Constitution bridge by Calatrava.
But also the surroundings of Venice are real gems to be discovered, like the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.

Weekend proposal: Venice and the pearls of the Lagoon

The best method to be able to move easily and not miss the important attractions is the City SightSeeing Venice (24h or 48h), which will allow you to get on and off as many times as you want at all stops.
For an unforgettable and romantic experience, take a gondola ride (from € 40,00) and enjoy an aperitif or a typical dinner in the traditional bacari.
Using the City Sightseeing ticket or alternatively with a boat tour (from € 20,00), visit the pearls of the Lagoon: Murano famous for its blown glass, the colorful Burano e Torcello, famous for its mosaics Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta.

  • Info: City Sightseeing Venice 24h € 20,00 / 48h € 54,00; Basilica San Marco free (the museum € 5,00), 9: 30-17: 00; Pass for vaporetto and land bus from € 10,50
  • based in Marghera, very close to Venice but certainly cheaper - Hotels and b & b from € 40,00 per room -
  • Venice: Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio food and wine tour by boat and visit to the pearls of the lagoon Doge's Palace: skip-the-line ticket

5 - Sanremo, Liguria

Along the Riviera dei Fiori, Sanremo is known above all for its Festival which has been held annually since 1951.
Characterized by a pleasant climate all year round, Sanremo has been a favorite destination for tourists since the mid-1700s, when a host of aristocrats, including Russians and British, went there to winter. It is located in the extreme west of Liguria and it is only about 20 km from the wonderful French Riviera.
In addition to long coastal strip which attracts vacationers especially in summer, the city boasts an impressive casino it's a medieval part close to the surrounding hills, La Pigna.

The city hosts many events, sporting and not: the arrival of the Milan-Sanremo (one of the most important cycling races), the Motor racing rally and the Italian stage ofEuropean Poker Tour, the aforementioned Italian Song Festival and Tenco Award.

Weekend proposal: Sanremo, Monaco and Nice

After a day in Sanremo, enjoy the beautiful Nice (55 km, bus or train about 1 hour) where you can get lost walking between Plaza Mezena, the Vieux Nice with cobbled alleys and characteristic shops, the Promenade Anglais and the Chateau. Be sure to try the quiche lorraine. For art lovers the choice is varied: Matisse house-museum (10: 00-18: 00, € 10,00), the MAMAC (11: 00-18: 00, € 10,00) for fans of contemporary and futuristic art Asian Arts Museum (near the airport).
Finally, take a trip to the Principality of Monaco (23 km, bus or train in 30 minutes) which awaits you with its luxurious yachts, the Casino, the palace of the princes (changing of the guard at 11:55), the cathedral with the tombs of Ranieri III and Grace Kelly, and the oceanographic museum (10: 00-19: 00, € 16,00).

  • Info: The Ariston Theater is always open, with a dense program of theater, cabaret, cinema and many events. To Nice flixbus from € 5,00, train from € 20,00. To Munich, bus no. € 1002,00 or train € 8,00
  • based in Sanremo for its strategic position - Hotel and b & b from € 55,00 per room -
  • San Remo Italian Markets and Menton Full-Day Tour from Nice French Riviera: Day Trip from Nice Monaco Half-Day Tour

Destinations and weekend proposals in the center

1 - Florence, Tuscany

Florence, Cradle of the Renaissance, is an open-air museum!
One day in Florence must include the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella with its beautiful facade and Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral, one of the greatest works of art of the Italian heritage with the Brunelleschi's dome and Giotto's Bell Tower. To visit all the interiors (9: 00-20: 00) arm yourself with patience and be prepared for hours of waiting. Don't forget to take the classic souvenir photo on the Ponte Vecchio, the symbol of the city. In addition, an extraordinary panorama awaits you from Michelangelo Terrace, reachable on foot from Ponte Vecchio (1,5 km).
Don't forget to taste a good red wine accompanied by crostini with lardo di colonnata, ribollita and fiorentina!

Weekend proposal: Florence, Siena and the Chianti Classico roads

Less than two hours away is Siena, ready to welcome you with the very famous Piazza del Campo (that of the Palio) and the high Torre del Mangia. The beauty of Siena is getting lost in the streets of the city, looking for clues such as fountains and coats of arms, plaques and hymns that distinguish the various districts.
For an eno-gastronomic tour of typical products and wines, the Strade del Chianti will be able to satisfy everyone's tastes and flavors. For this you need to be car (with teetotal driver ...) or take part in a tour (book online).
Sommeliers and true connoisseurs must absolutely stop at Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti e Gaiole in Chianti.

  • Info: Guided tours in the Chianti streets start from around € 50,00 per person (see online tour)
  • based in Florence - Hotels and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • Medieval and Renaissance Florence: Uffizi Gallery Walking Tour with Scheduled Entry From Florence: Chianti Wine Tasting

2 - Ravenna, Emilia Romagna

Ravenna it is full of art and culture, par excellence, it is defined the city of the mosaic.
It was capital 3 times: of the Western Roman Empire, of the Gothic Kingdom under Theodoric and of the Byzantine Empire. Testimony of the shining splendor of these 3 periods, are the wonderful monuments that we can still admire today. Just think they are well 8 buildings declared World Heritage Sites by Unesco. The city also preserves the remains of the Divine Dante.

It is home to the enjoyable Romagna cuisine, you can delight yourself with wraps and obviously with lots of good fresh fish, both grilled and fried.
A stone's throw from the sea, it also offers the opportunity to enjoy a few hours of leisure on the beach or in mirabilandia, the most famous theme and water amusement park in Emilia-Romagna.

Weekend proposal: Parks and attractions of the Riviera

Ravenna is not only culture, it is also a lot, a lot of fun.
By bus 176 (€ 2,00) in about 10 minutes you are at mirabilandia (€ 24,90 online or € 35,90 at the cash desk), the most famous water theme park in the region. The park consists of two main areas: the theme park (divided into 7 areas) where there are mechanical, aquatic and thematic attractions and various shows take place; and the Mirabeach water park which houses swimming pools, waterslides and artificial beaches. To access the latter you have to pay a supplement (€ 23,90).
For the wildest evenings, take the regional train towards Rimini, in an hour you will find yourself among the most popular nightclubs on the Riviera Romagnola! And if you are hungry ... no problem, we are in the homeland of piadina!

  • Info: in May Mirabilandia is open from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends, until 17:00 on weekdays.
  • based in Ravenna - Hotels and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • tour of Byzantine mosaics and local flavors

3 - Rome, Lazio

Rome attracts every year millions of foreign tourists in our country. The Magic City is a concentrate of art, history, architecture.
In recent years, with an "international" attitude, it has been trying to enrich the offer with avant-garde and contemporary museums and exhibition areas.

Traditional appointmentfinally with the May Day Concert, the mega-concert designed by Maurizio Illuminato which, since 1990, has been organized annually on the occasion of the Labor Day in Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano.

Weekend proposal: Rome and Castelli Romani Park

If you have already seen the musts of Rome and want to immerse yourself in ancient villages, stately villas, medieval castles and archaeological remains, do not miss the area of Castelli Romani, just 33 km from the capital. It is a set of villages and villages of the Alban Hills inserted in a wonderful natural context: from the villages of Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo, Frascati and Rocca di Papa, you can visit the Lakes, the Hills and the historic residences.
You can follow them thematic routes like the Via Francigena, landscape itineraries like the Path of the Two Lakes and, above all, wine and food, to rediscover the true and authentic flavor of Roman fraschette; good wine and local specialties, such as porchetta of Ariccia and the classic finale with Romanella and donuts.

  • Info: The Castelli Romani can be reached by metro A "Anagnina"; COTRAL bus; or train FL4 / FL6
  • based in Rome - Hotels and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill guided tour of the Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva St. Peter's Basilica: guided tour with reserved entrance

4 - Viterbo, Lazio

The "City of the Popes", as Viterbo is defined, is an ancient capital Etruscan origin and of great historical traditions which preserves monumental testimonies among the most important in Lazio.
Aristocratic palaces, characteristic medieval districts, churches and cloisters, soaring towers and elegant fountains forged in peperino (the typical stone of Viterbo buildings), the basic ingredients of the city.

The beating heart of the city is Piazza San Lorenzo overlooked by the majestic Palazzo dei Papi, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the ancient buildings. In Piazza della Morte you will find the Fountain of Death, one of the oldest with a particular spindle shape.
The San Pellegrino district, with historic stone buildings, squares and streets, it is perfect for a postcard photo.

Weekend proposal: Villages and Lakes of Tuscia Viterbese

Viterbo lies in the heart of Tuscia, so the Latins defined the Land of the Etruscans.
You can visit the most important Etruscan-Roman archaeological sites, villas, palaces and parks of the Italian '500, ancient Etruscan-medieval villages.
The more active can do long lakeside walks, in the 3 lakes of the territory: the Valentano, Lake Bolsena, and the Lake Vico.
Tuscia is also one thermal area; therefore the possibility of regenerating with thermal baths and therapies.
A park that is unique in the world awaits you 22 km from Viterbo: The Park of the Monsters of Bomarzo (08: 30-19: 00, admission € 10,00), with mythological and enigmatic statues, myths, legends and alchemical symbols covered with moss in the fantastic forest.

  • Info: both the lakes and the Bomarzo Park can be reached by Cotral Bus in less than 1 hour. Travel cost about € 2,00
  • based in Viterbo - Hotels and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • Palazzo Farnese: tour to the Renaissance residence and lunch Civita di Bagnoregio: walking tour of the dying city Civitavecchia: Rocca dei Papi and Papal Museum

5 - Recanati, Marche

In the heart of the Marche region, Recanati is a delightful town where you can remember, see and savor the symbolic places of the famous poet Giacomo Leopardi.
Since Mount Tabor, better known as Colle dell'Infinito at the Piazzetta del Sabato del Villaggio, the House of Silvia and the Tower of the Solitary Sparrow ... and the Leopardi Palace inhabited by his descendants, which offers the opportunity to visit the amazing library.

In addition to the places of Leopardi's memory, the territory, between coast and mountains, is dotted with enchanting villages, breathtaking landscapes and renowned destinations. All seasoned with a vigorous regional cuisine made of tasty and genuine dishes prepared with local ingredients: meat, soups, soups, but also fish and truffles.

Weekend proposal: Recanati, Fabriano and Frasassi Caves

In Fabriano, the Museum of Paper and Watermark is not to be missed, you will be guided to discover the secrets of manufacturing directly by the Paper Masters. Do not miss the Mercato Coperto, to taste the Fabriano platter consisting of cold cuts from the butchery in a characteristic liberty setting.
For an excursion into nature, the Frasassi Caves they are among the most beautiful in the world. If you want something special, the speleological tour (from € 40,00 to € 50,00) includes the visit with guides and all the necessary equipment.
The Blue Flag for the clear and crystalline waters can be found at Porto Recanati (13 km - bus € 2,00), an ancient fishing village with colorful houses where you can relax on the beach and have lunch with the typical fish soup.

  • Info: Museum of Paper and Watermark 9: 00-13: 00 and 14: 30-18: 00, € 7,00; from Fabriano to the caves (12 km) train to Genga € 3,00; from Fabriano to Recanati bus from the station € 16,00, or train + bus with change in Ancona € 24,00
  • based in Recanati - Hotels and b & b from € 55,00 per room -

Destinations and weekend proposals in the south

1 - Naples, Campania

In recent years Naples has become one privileged destination for many tourists both Italian and foreign.
The tourist offer of the city fits perfectly with thehospitality and the contagious sympathy of the Neapolitans.

The wonders that the city offers are truly countless. It starts from the ancient Partenope to get to the new city, Neapolis, true historical center and heart of the modern metropolis.
Il local folklore you can meet him in Via dei Tribunali And in the Spanish Neighborhoods where the same people make history. Don't miss all the archaeological and artistic evidence, unique in the world such as the Maschio Angioino, Galleria Umberto I, Piazza Pleibiscito where there are the royal palace and the San Carlo theater.

A background to everything, excellent cuisine! Pizzas, sfogliatelle and babà they will tempt you at every corner, and it will be hard to resist!

Weekend proposal: Naples, Pompeii and Terme di Ischia

On a weekend, dedicate time to discovery of Pompeii, one of the cities buried by the eruption of Vesuvius! The excavations have been declared a World Heritage Site; the houses, the streets seem to have been immortalized by volcanic dust. You can reach it in 50 minutes by train (cost approximately € 2,80).
For a day of relaxation, opt for a place that has become famous for its spas, Ischia! The island is famous for its nature, it is no coincidence that it is also known as the green island. To better enjoy the island you can take part in gods Boat tours which last approximately three hours, and start at € 22,00. The itinerary also includes a stop at the village of Sant'Angelo. From Naples ferries depart every hour from Molo Beverello (€ 15,00).

  • Info: Arte card: free entry to the first 3 sites of your choice on the list and from the 4th onwards you are entitled to reduced admission € 21,00. Ischia boat tours are not available every day - more info
  • based in Naples - Hotels and b & b from € 55,00 per room -
  • Ischia: one way transfer from Naples Naples: city walking tour Boat excursion from Naples to Ischia

2 - Lecce, Puglia

Lecce is not only the gateway to the splendid beaches of the Salento coast, but it is a city where history and art have contributed to making it special.

The Amphitheater and the Roman Theater (€ 4,00) are just two "musts" of the Roman domination, while the cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Croce, the monuments and the houses in the historic center enhance the Baroque. In short, the baroque beauties of southern Florence are combined with a multitude of treasures enclosed in a chest called Salento.

Weekend proposal: beaches and villages of Salento

To enjoy the sea you are spoiled for choice: the most beautiful and renowned beaches are: Torre dell'Orso with the two white stacks; the Baia dei Turchi, sandy and uncontaminated; Porto Badisco, set between gorse and cliffs, e Punta Pizzo which boasts the 3 Sails of Legambiente.
There are numerous villages to visit: Acaya, a tiny inland town with less than 500 inhabitants; Santa Cesarea Terme, spa town with villas in neoclassical liberty style; the agglomeration of white houses of Castro; Santa Maria di Leuca, the toe of the boot e Presicce, also known as the City of the Hypogea for the presence of numerous underground oil mills. Gallipoli, the center of the Salento nightlife, cannot be missed.

  • Info: if you do not have a car with you, the beaches and the main towns of Salento are connected by the efficient Salentobus which has 9 lines - official site
  • based in Lecce - Hotels and b & b from € 59,00 per room -
  • Lecce: free walking tour among the beauties of the city Ostuni, Alberobello and Polignano: tour from Lecce From Lecce: tour of Salento with a professional guide

3 - Olbia, Sardinia

Located in the north-east of Sardinia, Olbia is a 'interesting city of history and culture, fun, fashion and shopping. Monuments, museums and archaeological sites, but also sea and enviable beaches dotted with clubs frequented by VIPs of international level. The historic center contains interesting buildings such as the Basilica of San Simplicio, one of the most famous Romanesque monuments in Sardinia and the Baroque St Paul's Church well recognizable by the high bell tower and the dome covered with majolica.

The surroundings are full of interesting archaeological sites and evidence of the presence of ancient civilizations: such as i nuraghi, tombs of the giants and sacred wells.

Weekend proposal: Early Summer in Costa Smeralda

We are in Sardinia and therefore ... the watchword is beaches!
The Costa Smeralda is one of the most chic seaside areas, the one where, in short, there is never a shortage of VIPs and yachts. The coolest areas are Golfo Aranci, Porto Rotondo and the very famous Porto Cervo. The coolest, of course, but also the most expensive. So pay attention to how you move, even just for a drink is a big risk!
Many tours that lead to visit the city of Alghero, Capo Caccia and the caves of Neptune, among the largest marine cavities in Italy (admission € 13,00, from April to October departures from 9:00 to 14:00)

  • Info: the beaches of the Costa Smeralda are not reached by public transport, you need to rent a car (from € 40,00 per day)
  • based in Olbia - Hotels and b & b from € 53,00 per room -
  • Sardinia: boat tour to Tavolara with snorkeling

4 - Matera, Basilicata

Situated on a rocky outcrop in Basilicata, Matera is one of the cities of southern Italy with a very suggestive charm offers a great cultural landscape reason for inclusion in the list of UNESCO sites in 1993.
The famous Sassi are two districts which together with the "Civita" and the "Piano" make up the historic center of Matera: the Sasso Barisano, located along the road that exiting the city continued towards Bari which contains sculpted portals and friezes and the Sasso Caveoso, which looks south towards Montescaglioso and recalls the shape of the cavea of ​​a theater, with the houses arranged in steps.
Inside, various districts, districts and districts develop. The cliff of the Civita, which houses the cathedral.

On the opposite side stands thePlateau of the Murgia, with rock churches scattered along the slopes of the ravines, falling within the institution of Park of the Murgia.

Weekend proposal: Sassi di Matera and Murgia Park

The most convenient access point for visiting i Sassi of Matera is the one from Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Immerse yourself in this city ​​carved into the rock, along the Gravina, having lunch in one of the rooms obtained inside the rock sites.
A magical experience is the Trekking in the canyon, departing from the panoramic terrace of "Porta Pistola". You ford the stream to reach the rock church of the "Madonna di Monteverde" and then climb the hill and reach the church of the "Madonna degli Angeli". We proceed to visit the farmhouses in the "Madonna delle Vergini" area.
In Park of the Murgia Materana (rely on a tour) you will find the most important archaeological sites dating back to the Paleolithic and the wonderful rock churches in the rock, for a total of 150 rock churches.

  • Info: trekking duration in the canyon about 2 hours and 30 minutes, prices from € 20,00. Access to the Murgia Park is free, tours start from € 20,00. Hours 9: 30-13: 00 and 16: 00-18: 30
  • based in Matera - Hotels and b & b from € 64,00 per room -
  • guided walking tour of the Sassi and the city

5 - Catania, Sicily

Overlooking the Mediterranean, Catania is a city of a thousand faces, ancient and modern, folkloric and trendy, a symbol of the Baroque and with beautiful seaside places. And again, millenary culture, excellent food and hospitable people.
In the historic center there are many attractions: the beautiful cathedral of Sant'Agata (Patroness of the city), the Palazzo degli Elefanti and the fountain of the Elephant, in lava stone (or Liotru). A dive into daily folklore at La Piscarìa, the fish market.

In strategic position, Catania allows you to experience, in the same day, sea and mountains, both splendid, and one gastronomy mouth-watering at any time of the day: from granita to coffee with cream to ice cream with brioche, cannolo or arancino, to "important" dishes such as pasta alla Norma or with sardines.

Weekend proposal: Catania, Etna Park and Taormina

Walking a few kilometers, you can reach Taormina. The chic and refined town of Messina gives breathtaking views from the iconic terrace with checkerboard floor. The authentic side of Taormina is revealed little by little among alleys, stairways, ceramic shops and pastry shops of Sicilian delicacies.
The most famous and important historical attraction in the city is the Greek Theater (9: 00-19: 00, € 10,00). If the weather is good, go down to Isola Bella.
Finally, those who visit Catania cannot help but pass by theEtna, the marvelous volcano that dominates the city, but which, more often than not, puffs smoke, lava and ash from its summit.
A 'excursion on Etna it is a must to get to know the history of the highest active volcano in Europe and to admire splendid lunar landscapes.

  • Info: from Catania to Taormina (52 km) bus from Catania (piazza Michelangelo) to Taormina € 8,00 or train towards Messina € 6,00
  • based in Catania - Hotels and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • From Catania: Etna Half-Day Excursion Taormina: 2,5-Hour Biking and Walking Tour Catania Like a Local: Personalized Private Walking Tour

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