One Week Cruise to the eastern coast of Sicily.
From Catania to Syracuse and Portopalo, unveil historical sites of our territory. You’ll be impressed by the quick changing of landscapes from dark lava stone to white-yellow limestone. Enjoy a sunset aperitivo in charming fishermen villages and taste the local cuisine. The itinerary displays lots of opportunities for your journey from cultural visits to snorkeling tour on characteristic creeks.
Ancient Greek colony named Katanè housed the second largest Roman amphitheater in the world. During the Norman period the city becomes a fortress as evidenced by the walls visible from the port. Entering from Porta Uzeda spectacular scenery will open in front of you with the elegant Piazza Duomo and Via Etnea, long road which crosses the city from north to south with shops, palaces and churches richly decorated baroque portals that characterize many monuments of the city after the earthquake of 1693.
The town of Brucoli is located about 5 km from Augusta with a channel that supports him for much of its length, and was born as a fishing village. On the walls, along the canal, you can see numerous caves, typical houses of the Neolithic age. There is a castle and the characteristic port-channel. A stop is a must to dive into the crystal clear waters that surround it and admire the play of light that are created on the seabed for the presence of limestone characteristic of this part of Sicily.
The name Syracuse derives from the Sicilian Syraka or Sùraka (plenty of water) for the presence of several rivers and a marshy area. The city is spread in part on the hill-island of Ortigia and partly on land. The shape of the coastline determines the large inlet of the Grand Harbor, surrounded to the north and south of the Island from the promontory of Plemmirio. The story of Syracuse is tied to its Greek history, when the polis commanded the seas undermining the power of the Carthaginians and Romans to become the first great empire of the West. Of that are many examples, such as the famous Fountain of Arethusa, a source of fresh water in the heart of Ortigia, linked to the myth of Arethusa and Alpheus celebrated by many poets and writers. A walk through the streets of Ortigia Island is a must at sunset to enjoy the city.
The name comes from the Arabic al-Hamam Marsà which means “Bay of Doves”, as the area is obliged to place the passage of small birds during migration. The village has developed thanks to one of the most important Tuna Industry of Sicily. The trap of Marzamemi dates back to the time of the domination of the Arabs in Sicily. In 1630 it was sold by the owner to the Prince of Villadorata. In this picturesque town is contained the history of all the villages in Sicily through the testimony of a very important activity for our region. Today you can taste the products resulting from tuna fishing, do not miss the opportunity to taste the soul of Sicilian cuisine in one of the typical restaurants of the village.
To the eastern coast stands the island of Capo Passero where is located a Spanish fortress topped by an imposing bronze statue of the Virgin Mary. The territory now comprising Portopalo was inhabited since ancient times. The village was named in several ways: initially Cape Pachino, following Terra Noble and finally Porto Palo. This is one of the three cap of Sicily, the island that faces the beach is also called Isola delle Correnti, for the presence of strong eddies that are formed by the meeting of the two seas, the Ionian and the Mediterranean. Enjoy a bath in these fascinating places and let your imagination run as if you were the colonists who saw from the sea the lush land of the Cyclops.
Wind: 11.27 km/h
- From Porto dell'Etna (Riposto) - Saturday at 11.00 a.m.
- At Porto dell'Etna (Riposto) - Friday at 6.00 p.m.