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Catania

Sicily, Italy
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A city shaped by Mount Etna.
The still-active volcano Mount Etna looms large on the skyline of Catania. Mount Etna continues to shape Catania, as it always has. The entire city was buried in a volcanic eruption in 1669, and just 24 years later, was destroyed by the 1693 earthquake. This "creative destruction" extended the city's shoreline out beyond its original bounds and gave rise to a Baroque rebuilding of the old town. Catania is part of the eight "Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto" UNESCO World Heritage listing thanks to this stage of its development. The streets are paved with hardened lava, a sign of how the volcano's eruptions were put to good use.
Catania has fewer standout sights than rival city Palermo because it's about half Palermo's size, and a significant part of its ancient history was buried under lava. One building that has been excavated is the Teatro Romano, an ancient Roman theater built on the site of a Greek theater. Under the Aragonese dynasty, Catania was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily, and you will see traces of the grandeur of the period as you stroll around. Catania is very much a living city, with a busy commercial port. Mass tourism isn't an issue here, so you'll definitely be mixing with locals wherever you go. This is most apparent at the fish market that takes place every day except Sunday. You'll find it just off the city's main square and close to the Baroque-fronted cathedral dedicated to St. Agata, the city's patron saint.

Where to stay in Catania

As a busy city on an island more noted for its coastal tourism, there aren't too many leisure hotels to be found in Catania. We have inspected the city's best hotels located in and close to the historical center and when we create your customized trip plan will make our recommendations based on your preferences.
Historical Building
An elegant 4-star option in a beautiful building with a roof garden in the historical center
Boutique Hotel
A historical luxury hotel that has recently been restored to its former glory, with 5 star level amenities
4-star hotel
Excellent value hotel close to Catania's historical center with spacious rooms and free valet parking

Things to do in Catania

The best way to get to the heart of Catania is by taking a street food tour. It's a history lesson and a meal rolled into one. Once you've learned about the city you might want to head out on a day trip to Mount Etna, for some hiking and to try the characteristic wines produced from the volcanic soil. Along the way you'll notice the lemon and orange groves, some of the primary cash crops of the region. Day trips to Taormina, Ragusa, or Siracusa, are other popular options, if you're not planning on spending some overnights in those destinations. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to be include in your vacation package, or to consider adding later.

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