This page contains links to outdoor activities in Sicily, specifically around Catania where I setup base for a month. These are all shoestring outings (cost little to nothing). Some were done with the local Alpine Club or independently, mostly depending on timing.
Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in the capital city Palermo. On Sicily’s eastern edge is Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes.
Catania is an ancient port city on Sicily’s east coast. It sits at the foot of Mt. Etna, an active volcano with trails leading up to the summit. The city’s wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, features the whimsical Fontana dell’Elefante statue and richly decorated Catania Cathedral. In the southwest corner of the square, La Pescheria weekday fish market is a rowdy spectacle surrounded by seafood restaurants.
- My Outing
Outdoor Activities in Sicily #1 – How to Trek & Summit Etna Volcano
Outdoor Activities in Sicily #2 – How to Hike to Peak Daniele
Outdoor Activities in Sicily #3 – How to Hike the Valley of the Oxen
Outdoor Activities in Sicily #4 – How to Hike the Crest of Mount Naturi