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Excursion 6: Acireale, Cyclops Riviera, and Catania
Tour Code: TAM-004
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)

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Driving along this coastal area of ancient, contorted lava streams and jagged rocks, you can almost picture the Cyclops of Homeric myth living in the peculiar landscape. So many other sights await you. The magnificent Gothic Cathdral in the hillside town of Acireale, the fishing village of Aci Trezz, and tiny Aci Castello, noted for its Norman castle built of black lava. Looking out to sea, behold the amazing Faraglioni, offshore jagged rock formations said to be broken off Mt. Etna by Cyclops and flung into the sea to stop Ulysses and his men from escaping in their ships. In ancient Catania, you will drive past several magnificent sights, such as the Piazza Verga and Piazza Stesicoro, before taking a guided walking tour of the city center. It begins in the lovely Piazza del Duomo, Catania's central square, which is renowned for its unusual, black lava Elephant Fountain, which has become the city's symbol. The impressive 18th-century Municipio and numerous university buildings surround the square. Catania was completely rebuilt after being destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, and lava stone was used in many buildings, giving architect Giovanni Vaccarini's grand Baroque architecture a strange, dusky aura.

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