Catania is an ancient port city, located on the eastern coast of Sicily, at the foot of Mount Etna, an active volcano with paths that reach up to its summit. The city has more than 300 thousand inhabitants and represents an indisputably fascinating triumph of: folklore, scenic beauty, art and life. Its cultural characteristics impose various cognitive paths that develop in parallel and intertwine, to discover the past, the unsaid and the unseen.
Catania between art and mythology
Among the various faces of the city, there is a very fascinating aspect, the one suspended between myth and reality that coexists with the classic, baroque, modern part; it is the beauty of the mythological Catania that you will be able to discover with Tita, your guide in Sicily. Going down via Etnea, the main artery of the city, and along the sea towards Acicastello, known for its famous castle resting on the rocks, we continue towards Acitrezza, towards the Faraglioni, a small archipelago of Sicily. Despite careful studies have ascertained the actual volcanic origin, the Sicilians love to attribute the origin of the Faraglioni to an ancient legend that inspired writers such as Homer, Euripides and Virgil. It is said that the Cyclops Polyphemus, furious at having been deceived and blinded by Ulysses, king of Ithaca, lifted some masses of lava stone to throw them on the traitor. Ulysses, however, managed to escape with its 12 ships and the boulders ended up on the Ionian Sea, right where today the eight Faraglioni rise. The visual show and stories full of history and pathos, make the journey guided by Tita between monuments, nature and pure beauty even more magical. The guided tour continues in Acireale with a tour of the city center of the main street, the Cathedral and the historic municipal villa. The itinerary can, in any case, be personalized and calibrated, according to the needs of groups and individuals, with the maximum availability of Tita, your guide in Sicily.
Discovering the Jewish Catania of antiquity is much more than just a dive into the past. The first presences date back to the Roman period, but it is from the Middle Ages that we have the most important testimonies. With Tita, one of the most expert tour guides in Catania, you will discover corners of a mysterious city, glimpses of a story known to few, a journey that has the flavor of a fascinating visual flashback. The Jewish community in Catania already existed in the third and fourth centuries but there is a void of sources from that period, up to the Middle Ages, finding it again in 1235, in the area called "della Cipriana". Later, the settlement to the south will be created, which today corresponds to the Duomo area. The Jewish presence was also found among the workers who worked in the construction of the Castello Ursino (1239-1250), as shown by some references to the Jewish symbols embodied in the Swabian fortress. The Giudecca was depopulated from June 18, 1492 due to the Alhambra Decree, strongly, wanted by Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile who expelled the Jews not converted from Spain. "Your guide in Sicily" will lead you through an unusual Catania, retracing the most certain testimonies and traces of the so-called Giudecca, visiting monuments, neighborhoods and the two famous ones: Judeca Suprana and Judeca Suttana; a unique and exciting thematic visit. I will be extraordinary to reveal how much beauty, art and culture this magnificent community has left us.