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Gastronomic Street Food Tour of Catania

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Catania, Italy
Gastronomic Street Food Tour of Catania

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Taste your way through the bustling markets and piazzas of Catania on a mouth-watering, half-day culinary tour. Visit fish markets, bakeries, bars and stalls to sample the best Sicilian street food with a local guide. Try regional specialties like ‘arancini’ (stuffed fried rice balls), fizzy drinks, ‘cipollata’ (bacon-wrapped onions), ‘zibibbio’ wine and decadent cannoli. Learn what makes Sicilian cuisine unique from the rest of Italy while discovering some of Catania’s cultural treasures.
  • Half-day street food tour in Catania
  • Discover Sicily’s famous street food by visiting local vendors, markets and shops
  • Taste regional specialties like arancini, zibibbio wine, meatballs and refreshing drinks
  • Pop in at an authentic bakery for classic cannoli and cipollini
  • Learn about Catania’s history and culture along the way
  • Led by a local foodie guide
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Piazza del Duomo, 18 , Piazza del Duomo, 18, 95124 Catania CT, Italy
10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people are required per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sicilying SRL
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Gastronomic Street Food Tour of Catania?
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  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Gastronomic Street Food Tour of Catania?
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  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Gastronomic Street Food Tour of Catania?
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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "We would certainly recommend this tour as it's a good way also to become aware of your surroundings and also you end up surprisingly full with all the nibbles that you try along the route!" See review
  • "It wasn't necessary to stop at a craft/art shop or sit in a cafe." See review
  • "Tour was education as well as gastronomic Well worth the cost!" See review

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star-5
Good value for a good time
robert
, Aug 2021
If you are looking for a nice street tour of Catania with a side order of street food , then this is right for you. Anna our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the city, its culture and the food. She was very personable, spoke English very well and was attentive. We really enjoyed being with her. The tour began at the Piazza del Duomo on time and headed to the fish market where we sampled some local cheese as well as paper cones of fried fish. We then headed deeper into the city center up and down the streets where we samples local arancini and cipolline as well as seltz-limone e sale drinks. We finished off the tour with some welcome granite. The length of the tour was about four hours. We had just enough time to walk back to the Catania Central Train Station to catch our train back north.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Robert, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We are really happy that you enjoyed it, for us it was really a pleasure to meet you and let you discover the wonders of our city. Come back to visit us soon in Sicily! Thanks again
star-3
Okay but expected more
Paullie
, Oct 2020
Not too bad, our guide really loves her food. But we have done many of these foodtours were the tour guide knew all the local food shop sellers and owners and marketstand salesmen. And then he/she would talk to them and get all these little things to try, straight from the hand. Fruits and veg you have never seen. Meats, fish and cheeses done in certain ways you've never tried before, etc. This tour had some good knowledge but paying 120 euro for 3 people for some of the things you try worth maybe 10 euro a person, I give it 3 stars.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear Paullie, Thank you for your feedback and sharing your point of view. Your opinion for us is very important and it is surely a way of growth and better our work always more. We selected the most special and guaranteed places to taste food that, according our opinion, fully immerse people in the most popular and folkloristic soul of Catania and that are not so easy to find and known without a local eye and local point of view. Please also notice that the cost proposed and you paid, is not considered just for tasting of food, but for the whole experience that include 6 tasting of typical food but also guided tour of the city with a specialised local guide, knowledge and information about Catania, and selection of special places. Anyway we hope to have the chance to meet you again in Sicily and try together many other experience. Regards
star-5
Excellt Opportunity to Learn about the food in Catania
Colin_D
, Feb 2020
Excellent informative tour hosted by Ana. There were only 2 of us on the tour so obviously that allowed Ana to give us her full attention. It was also a beautiful warm sunny day in February. The choices of venues were excellent
star-3
Disappointed....
lafinesse
, Feb 2020
The two young ladies that were our guides, were charming. I have been on many Food Tours throughout Sicily and Italy. I am sorry to say this was not one of the best. I understand it is not Rome, but the food presentations were truly poor.
star-5
Great way to start your holiday
Tim_B
, Oct 2019
We love food tours and this one did not disappoint. Anna was very informative and passionate about the food of Catania and helped us to get our bearings on our first day. Thank you Anna, highly recommended
star-5
Great food - and history tour!
Chris_H
, Oct 2019
OUr guide, Ana, was very knowledgeable and personable throughout. There were only 7 of us plus Ana and everyone got on and shared info etc. My husband and I have holidayed in Italy and Sicily for years now and love food tours but this one is the best we have ever been on. We even went back to two of the places afterwards during the remainder of our stay in Catania. Different foods and drinks tried - all very good quality. Definitely would recomend this tour.
star-5
Gastro walking & historical tour
V4980ONdavidt
, Sep 2019
Interesting, informative and great fun - excellent tour guide Ana ( the tour was in English but she was fluent in many European languages as well) a local born & bred - enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the long history of the city its culture & food. Eating in the food markets , trying local wine and soft drinks. Just don’t have breakfast first!
star-3
Good idea but not gastronomic!
Ambassador624019
, Sep 2019
Coming from a cruise liner we had booked and completed a number of old city tours. We were especially looking forward to the street food experience as this was a first, BUT we were in a group with 30 which is double the size of the other tours, and although we asked to be with an English guide four non English speakers were included. The guide Anna did her best, but the large group did not help organisation and timing of food or getting around the streets. Unfortunately this was not a great experience, this concept could work with better planning and attention to what has been offered. It was also unfortunate to have very negative people in the group that complained about everything! One plus, the food we tasted was very fresh and tasty.
star-2
Bad experience
Desertgal422
, Sep 2019
Guide seemed overwhelmed with group siza. She went way too fast and without a flag or headphones she lost our group at the stairs. I doubt that she even missed six of us as she never counted
star-4
Variety of local food spots accompanied by the fair tour guide
Maksim_F
, Aug 2019
Really enjoyed the itinerary and selection of spots/ tastings. Was really nice food-wise. Guide I would say was very experienced from historical perspective, however, food knowledge and communication-wise did expect a little bit more from the guide. Overall, the feedback is definitely positive and worth, but some things can be improved from the guide.
star-5
A must for foodies!
Katrina_B
, Jun 2019
We were met by our host Anna and we were very lucky to be the only ones on that particular tour as it became our own 'private' tour with just my husband and I. Anna had advised that the previous day there had been 8 people! We visited the fish market which is certainly a sight to behold! Anna was very informative and her English is excellent and she was very happy & knowledgeable to answer any questions we had. We would certainly recommend this tour as it's a good way also to become aware of your surroundings and also you end up surprisingly full with all the nibbles that you try along the route!
star-4
great way to see a city
Loes_v
, Jun 2019
Good tour, saw the best parts of the city and tasted all kinds of local products. Especially likes the markets. Nice tourguide.
star-5
Excellent experience! Not to be missed!
Ines_R
, May 2019
It’s a great way to get to know Catania and Sicily! Our tour guide Ana was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive! What a fun and delicious experience! The local favorite foods where very tasty. We would have otherwise never known and food is an important part of the culture! Tour was education as well as gastronomic Well worth the cost!
star-5
Awesome!!
Daniel_D
, May 2019
This was the best tour. Ambra was fantastic. We were with a group of 8 total and everything was wonderful, especially the food. This is a must do!
star-3
An interesting tour with a knowledgeable & passionate guide
Georgina_S
, May 2019
The guide was what made this tour worthwhile with her knowledge about Sicilian food and history. I would have preferred more stops & small tasters such as olives and local liquors. It wasn't necessary to stop at a craft/art shop or sit in a cafe. The main selling point of trip was to visit & try a variety of local food and drink. The only drink was a glass of red wine and squash style drink. It was a shame the group opted to try fish rather than meat. The food we did try was tasty and had interesting history.
star-5
More than just a food tour
Diane_L
, May 2019
Wow! We have done many food tours. Usually the food is substandard, and the group so large you can't hear the guide. There were only 6 of us and our guide took us to some of the places that others had previously told us to visit. She was knowledgeable about the food and also the history of Catania. She had some great stories to share. A thoroughly wonderful experience.
star-4
Great food!
AJ I
, Apr 2019
The food was awesome and there was lots of it ! Do not eat breakfast before you come. The guide was super knowledgeable but sometimes a little bit too quiet for our group. The stops were well thought out and gave a taste of everything
star-5
Although we initially registered for a...
Eyal G
, Sep 2018
Although we initially registered for a tour on September 4th and were not informed about a cancellation, we took the offer to join it the day after and it turned out to be a great decision. The Instructor - Ambra, was charming, pleasant , knowledgeable and spoke English fluently. She gave us great explanations on food and history and introduced us to Sicily unique gastronomic treasures that otherwise we would probably have missed. The tour was one of the highlights of our vacation. Highly recommended.
star-5
On our month long tour of Italy this...
Cheryl D
, Sep 2018
On our month long tour of Italy this was one of the Best tours we took! Our guide was knowledgeable of the city and also the food we tasted. It was obvious she knew the products and the history of them in the city but also that she shopped and ate at the stops. We really felt she was sharing things she loved about her town. She also allowed us to linger over things that we found interesting and move quickly when we wanted. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Catania!
star-4
Amazing cross-section of foods...
Valerie A
, Dec 2017
Amazing cross-section of foods enjoyed along with great walking tour of the city. Highly recommended.

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