At the foot of the active volcano
Catania is located on the east coast of the island of Sicily in Italy, at the foot of the active volcano Mount Etna. Since the eruption of Mount Etna in 2002, hiking to the four craters is prohibited. However, regular buses run from Catania to Mount Etna, so that you can see the 3,262 metres high volcano and the rivers of solidified lava up close.
With more than 300,000 inhabitants, Catania is the tenth city of Italy and one of the most important economic centres in the south of the country. In addition, Catania is a beautiful seaside resort that is located on the Ionian Sea and it is also one of the warmest Italian cities in the summer.
World Heritage Sites
This charming destination has a unique architecture, large squares, boulevards and a beautiful harbour. The magnificent historic city centre is even on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
One of the most famous squares is Piazza del Duomo. It is located between beautiful baroque buildings and serves as a meeting place for tourists and locals alike. Also visit the Sant'Agata Cathedral that is located on Piazza Del Duomo. The impressive facade is a masterpiece of Gia Battista Vaccarini. The dome of the cathedral dates back to 1802 and inside the cathedral the tomb of the well-known composer Vincenzo Bellini can be visited.
Piazza del Duomo also houses the historic Palazzo degli Elefanti and the Fontana dell’Elefante, an elephant fountain made of lava rock. It is the most famous monument of Catania and symbol of the city.
The Milan of Sicily
Catania is also called the Milan of Sicily, not for its fashion but for its mercantile spirit. There are countless craftsmen, artists and small shopkeepers. The covered fish market, or Pescheria, is definitely worth a visit, even if you do not want to buy any fish.
Hungry after shopping? Catania has a delicious combination of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. You can especially enjoy seafood with olive oil and wine from the mountains around Etna. Enjoy a tasty and healthy meal.
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