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Catania is an Italian town on the eastern shore of Sicily fronting the Ionian Sea, situated between Syracuse and Messina. It is the capital of the Province of Catania, and is the 2nd biggest town in Sicily and the tenth in Italy. Exploring Catania is relatively simple, as the old town is rather little. A perfect beginning point would be the main plaza, Piazza Duomo. The past record of the town exists in its tradition much more than its buildings; actually the last time the town was reconstructed was at the beginning of the 18th century. Town has been redesigned baseding on the Roman design, with straight equal streets creating a network, having slightly reminiscence of Ancient, Oriental, or Arab period's which were a fundamental part of town's ancestry.

Attractions in Catania

  • The Baroque architecture, primarily in the heart of town.
  • The Elephant Fountain, from the 17th century, in Piazza Duomo.
  • A big fish market place in a stunning environment of Piazza del Duomo.
  • The Riviera dei Ciclopi, a rough, volcano shoreline located to the north of the town, extending practically to Taormina.
  • A dynamic food and clothing marketplace close to the Via Etnea.
  • Palazzo Biscari, one of the most attractive baroque building in the town of Catania.
  • Mount Etna, which has reshaped the city several times.
  • La Plaja, attractive beaches located to the south of the town along the gulf.

Catania has a small town center and it is most practical simply to stroll around. Taking a trip by public transport may be very troublesome, (keep an eye out for your purse ), because of the long delays. The town additionally have a rather small metro line, which is still unfinished; it goes from the Port to the Circumetnea train station, from where you can get to the small settlements on the pitches of Mount Etna. When travelling around in a hired automobile, you will have problems with sluggish, slow-moving, messy, out of control traffic congestion. Make sure not to look notably touristy, laying open fashion jewelry, big purses or photo gear that might attract speedy purse snatchers or thiefs.

What to eat in Catania

Catania boasts a number of unique specialties. The seafood is great, as Catania is a big fishing harbor. The town is in addition recognized for horse meat, particularly in a few locations around the Benedictine Abbey. Just like the most parts of the island, you can have a fresh produced Panini in a "salumeria", where you select anything you want to put in (prosciutto and cheese are perhaps the most favored), for one to three euros. The last couple of years Kebab stores have appeared all over the town and usual price is around 3 euros.

Nightlife in Catania

The majority of the nightlife is focused all around the Piazza Bellina and the neighboring alleys. Typically there are much more locals drinking on the squares and streets than within the clubs. Tuesday is student evening and gets rather stuffed. One more popular place often with a good blend of residents and vacationers is the club and yard of the Agora Hostel, typically crammed on Mondays with live music most weekend evenings. The neighborhood surrounding the mansion has a number of spots to drink and have a meal as well.

Similar tourist destinations in Italy: Verona, Lucca, Palermo, Siracusa, Alghero, Trapani, Riva Del Garda.

Town is recommended for

Suitable for older people, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Adventure and Sport, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic trips, Families with pets

Catania, Italy - General details

Arboretum, atm, botanical garden, speleology, churches, duty free shop, fitness centre, walking paths in forests, supermarkets, hospital, library, marina, water parks, theme parks, zoo, waterfalls, wine vault, rich gastronomic offer, tennis clubs, swimming, walking paths, sailing, rent a bike, fishing, horse riding, ski resorts, golf courses, surfing, water ski, mountain biking, mountain paths, paragliding, scuba diving, hunting, bird watching, hiking paths, rafting, snorkelling

Catania, region of Sicily - Distances

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    Catania - Palermo: 167 km
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    Catania - Napoli: 378 km
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    Catania - Rome: 538 km
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    Catania - Aci Castello (44+ apartments): 6 km
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    Catania - San Gregorio Di Catania (6+ accommodation units): 7 km
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    Catania - Mascalucia (4+ villas): 9 km
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    Catania - San Giovanni La Punta (1+ apartments): 9 km
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    Catania - Aci Sant'antonio (3+ accommodation units): 11 km
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    Catania - Reitano (3+ villas): 12 km
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    Catania - Motta Sant'anastasia (2+ villas): 12 km
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    Catania - Trecastagni (13+ accommodation units): 13 km
  • Airport "Fontanarossa", town of Catania (Air Berlin, Air France, Air One, Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines, Domodedovo Airlines, Air Italy, Wind Jet): 5 km
  • Airport "Tito Menniti", town of Reggio Calabria (Air France, Alitalia, Domodedovo Airlines, Servicios de Transportes A, Air Malta, Danube Wings (V5)): 80 km

Palermo -> Catania - road routes

  • 1. Head northeast on Via Vittorio Emanuele toward Via Maqueda.
  • 2. Turn right onto SS113. Leaving toll zone. (6.0 km)
  • 3. Turn right onto Via Galletti.
  • 4. Continue onto SP76.
  • 5. Slight left onto Strada Provinciale 76.
  • 6. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A19 ramp to Catania/Messina.
  • 7. Merge onto A19 (195 km)
  • 8. Continue onto Viale Cristoforo Fioravante.
  • 9. Keep right to stay on Viale Cristoforo Fioravante.
  • 10. Slight right onto Corso Indipendenza.
  • 11. Turn right onto Piazza del Risorgimento.
  • 12. Turn left onto Via Giambattista Pensabene.
  • 13. Continue onto Via Vittorio Emanuele II.
  • 14. Turn left onto Via del Plebiscito.
  • 15. Turn left onto Via Nino Martoglio.
  • 16. Turn right onto Via Dottor Consoli.
  • 17. Turn right onto Via Salvatore Tomaselli.
  • 18. Continue onto Via Santa Maddalena. Destination will be on the right.

Tourist attractions and sights

  • Theater Massimo Bellini, Catania, 1 km from the centre of town of Catania.
  • Duomo di Catania, Catania, 1.1 km from the centre of town of Catania.
  • Piazza Duomo, Catania, 1.1 km from the centre of town of Catania.
  • Museum Diocesano, Catania, 1.1 km from the centre of town of Catania.
  • Museum Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943, Catania, 1.2 km from the centre of town of Catania.
  • Monastero dei Benedettini, Catania, 1.8 km from the centre of town of Catania.
  • Mount Etna, Catania, 29.7 km from the centre of town of Catania.
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    Ski resort Etna Nord, excellent nightlife, many restaurants and pubs. 33 km from town of Catania.
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    Ski resort Gambarie d'Aspromonte, number of cross country pistes: 3km. 98 km from town of Catania.

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