Destination in Sicily


Destination in Sicily

Catania is a seaport city on the east coast of Sicily between the Ionian Sea and the active volcano Etna, built in the Sicilian Baroque style.

  • 95100 Catania
    Catania, Sicily, Italy
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Catania - the metropolitan city beneath the volcano Etna

Catania, the jewel on the east coast of Sicily, is a city that captivates with its rich history, impressive natural wonders, and vibrant atmosphere. It is the second-largest city in Sicily after Palermo and the capital of the Province of Catania. Nestled beneath the majestic Mount Etna, Catania not only offers breathtaking views but also a unique connection between the lively city and the powerful forces of nature.

The Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, shapes not only the city's skyline but also the lives of its inhabitants. The black lava stone accents in architecture and the fertile soils around Mount Etna influence local cuisine and agriculture.

The Port of Catania plays a central role in urban life and trade. Here, modern shipping meets historical charm. The waterfront invites for relaxed strolls, with fishing boats and yachts painting the picturesque harbor scene.

The Catania Airport, Fontanarossa, serves as the gateway to the island and is the largest airport in Sicily. Connecting Sicily to numerous international destinations, its convenient location just two kilometers south of Catania's center makes it an ideal starting point for adventures in Sicily.

City Center Attractions

  • Piazza del Duomo: Begin your exploration in the central square surrounded by impressive historic buildings. Admire the Cathedral, Fontana dell'Elefante, and Palazzo degli Elefanti.
  • Castello Ursino: This medieval castle now houses the city museum, with fascinating exhibits on the region's history.
  • Via Etnea: Explore this vibrant shopping street that leads you through the heart of the city, offering exclusive boutiques, charming cafés, and a lively atmosphere.
  • Fish Market La Pescheria: Immerse yourself in authentic Catania life by exploring the lively fish market, offering fresh seafood and local delicacies.
  • Historical Quarter around the University: Experience the charming quarter around the University of Catania with historical sites, charming cafés, and a lively student atmosphere.
  • Teatro Massimo Bellini: Visit this renowned opera house, named after the famous composer Vincenzo Bellini, and enjoy cultural performances in a magnificent setting.
  • City Park Giardino Bellini: Relax in the large city park, perfect for a stroll, picnic, or leisure activities.

UNESCO World Heritage Site - Val di Noto

Catania is an ideal starting point to explore the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val di Noto. This region comprises eight Baroque cities, including Modica, Ragusa, and Noto, rebuilt in the Baroque style after the devastating earthquake of 1693. In 2002, Catania, along with Caltagirone and Militello, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This recognition honors not only the Baroque splendor of the region but also its unique cultural and historical significance. Admire the magnificent architecture and immerse yourself in the historically rich atmosphere.

Practical Information for Tourists

  • Parking: Catania offers numerous parking options, both in parking garages and public spaces. However, be aware of traffic rules and possible access restrictions in certain historical districts.
  • Public Transportation: The city has a well-developed public transportation network, including buses and trams, making it easy to navigate through the city.
  • Culinary Highlights: Be sure to indulge in the local cuisine, renowned for delicious dishes such as Arancini, Pasta alla Norma, and fresh seafood.
  • Cultural Events: Stay informed about local events and festivals happening during your stay to fully enjoy the authentic Sicilian experience.

In Catania, ancient and modern, nature and culture merge into a unique experience. The vibrant markets, historical squares, cultural events, and the hospitality of the residents make Catania an unforgettable destination in Sicily. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this city and discover the treasures Catania has to offer.


The city of Catania is directly connected with highway A18/E45. This leads south towards Syracuse and north to Messina. The A19/E932 highway, on the other hand, leads inland to the north coast as far as Palermo.

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