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CataniaItaly

Peer inside a volcanic crater, take part in year-round outdoor pursuits and view hundreds of years of architecture at one of Sicily’s largest cities.

Catania lies on Sicily’s eastern coast, under the shadow of Mount Etna, Europe’s biggest volcano. The island’s second-largest city offers wild landscapes, archeological treasures, beaches and the baroque architecture of its downtown center. Climb up to the volcano’s crater rim, dive under the sea and investigate ancient ruins.

During the 17th century, a volcanic eruption and earthquake leveled Catania. The city was rebuilt with grand structures using some of the lava that had brought about its destruction. Go to the Piazza Duomo and admire the bluish-gray baroque façade of the Cathedral of St. Agatha, fashioned from volcanic rock. Inside, look for the chapel containing the saint’s relics. Surrounding the square are other magnificent structures including the Church of St. Agatha’s Abbey and Palazzo degli Elefanti, housing the city’s Town Hall.

Visit the large open-air fish market just off the piazza. Sample cheeses, cured meats and fresh fruits and vegetables from numerous stalls. Find more shopping nearby on Via Etnea, the city’s main retail artery, with modern department stores and high-end clothing brands.

Despite its natural disasters, traces of ancient Catania can still be seen. Explore the ruins of Anfiteatro Roma, a 2,000-year-old amphitheater and Teatro Romano-Odeon, a smaller arena. Visit the museum and art gallery inside the 13th-century Ursino Castle.

Many people come to Catania for its natural beauty and outdoor pursuits. Go horseback riding, trekking and bird-watching on the slopes of Etna. Look for buzzards and eagles soaring overhead. Hike up to the crater or book a jeep tour to the summit. During winter, ski down the snow-covered slopes of its two ski resorts. Head to La Playa beach for swimming, snorkeling, sailing, surfing and other watersports.

Fly into Aeroporto Vincenzo Bellini, 4 miles (7 kilometers) from the city. You can also arrive by ferry from the Italian mainland. Get around by bus, metro, taxi or rental car. Let Catania enthrall you with its scenery, history and outdoor adventures.

Where to stay in Catania

Angera showing a small town or village and a river or creek

Catania City Centre

4/5Very Good!(194 area reviews)

Unique features of Catania City Centre include the historic sites and theaters. Make a stop by Catania Cathedral or Via Etnea while you're exploring the area.

Catania City Centre
Ursino Castle featuring a castle and heritage architecture

Old Town

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

Historic sites and theaters are highlights of Old Town. Make a stop by Catania Beach or Catania Cathedral while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Porto Station to get around town.

Old Town
During a run, after a turn...you can find Etna and it’s threatening profile!!!

Picanello-Ognina-Barriera-Canalicchio

3.5/5Good!(28 area reviews)

Discover Picanello-Ognina-Barriera-Canalicchio, memorable for its seaside views. Popular attractions in Picanello-Ognina-Barriera-Canalicchio include Lungomare di Ognina and Historical Museum of the Landing in Sicily 1943, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at Galatea Station.

Picanello-Ognina-Barriera-Canalicchio
Borgo-Sanzio, Catania, Sicily, Italy

Borgo-Sanzio

3.5/5Good!(12 area reviews)

Borgo-Sanzio is a destination travelers like for its historic sites, and you might hop aboard the metro at Borgo Station or Giuffrida Station to explore sights like Via Etnea.

Borgo-Sanzio
Proud of this place is an unique beach located in Sicily exactly in Catania city, there you can feel like somewhere else but when you realise that you have a volcano Etna view while swimming you will be impressed #BeachTips #catania #Sicily #italy #beach #sand #summer

San Giorgio-Librino-San Giuseppe la Rena-Zia Lisa-Villaggio Sant'Agata

3/5(64 area reviews)

San Giorgio-Librino-San Giuseppe la Rena-Zia Lisa-Villaggio Sant'Agata is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Catania Beach and Spiaggia della Plaia while in the area.

San Giorgio-Librino-San Giuseppe la Rena-Zia Lisa-Villaggio Sant'Agata
During a run, after a turn...you can find Etna and it’s threatening profile!!!

Ognina

Travelers like the beaches in Ognina, and Lungomare di Ognina is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Ognina

Top Hotels in Catania

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
4 out of 5
Viale Kennedy Loc La Playa, Catania, CT
The price is $80 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in Contrada Pantano d'Arci, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Spiaggia della Plaia and Catania Beach. Catania Harbour and Catania ...

4.1/5Very Good! (525 reviews)
Very nice hotel

"Very nice hotel close to the airport. Across the road from a lovely beach. Bus stop outside hotel for short trip into Catania. The hotel staff were friendly and housekeeping kept rooms very clean. Reception staff were friendly and efficient, especially Giovanna and Lucretia who were very kind and ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
Romano Palace Luxury Hotel
Romano Palace Luxury Hotel
5 out of 5
Viale Kennedy 28, Catania, CT
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $106 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24

Offering direct access to the beach, this Contrada Pantano d'Arci hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Spiaggia della Plaia and Catania Beach. Catania Harbour ...

3.9/5Very Good! (620 reviews)

"Love;y clean hotel and I liked the interim design. The staff are vibrant and very helpful. Food delicious. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2020

Romano Palace Luxury Hotel
Catania International Airport Hotel
Catania International Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Via San Giuseppe La Rena, 94, Catania, CT
The price is $87 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Contrada Pantano d'Arci, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spiaggia della Plaia and Catania Beach. Catania Harbour and Catania Cathedral are also ...

3.9/5Good! (974 reviews)

"Everything was excellent. Staff very accomodating."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Catania International Airport Hotel

Popular places to visit in Catania

Catania Port
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Catania Port

3.5/5(21 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Catania with a trip to Catania Port. Discover the theater scene and cathedral in this culturally rich area.

Catania Cathedral
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Catania Cathedral

4.5/5(148 reviews)

You’ll see stunning artwork, Roman ruins and fine Baroque architecture when you visit the centerpiece of Catania’s main square. 

Via Etnea
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Via Etnea

4.5/5(61 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Via Etnea, a popular shopping spot in Catania. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Piazza del Duomo
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Piazza del Duomo

4.5/5(50 reviews)

Elegant fountains, a superb cathedral and fine shopping and dining make Catania’s main square a great place to spend some time. 

Ursino Castle
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Ursino Castle

4.5/5(33 reviews)

View an array of stunning religious artworks and a collection of rare historic books at this imposing medieval castle.

Palazzo Biscari
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Palazzo Biscari

4.5/5(68 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Catania when you take a trip to Palazzo Biscari. While in this culturally rich area, find time to visit its shops.

Top things to do in Catania

Full-Day Agrigento & Valley of Temples Exclusive Tour
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Full-Day Agrigento & Valley of Temples Exclusive Tour

$158
Per adult
Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto
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Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto

$100
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Etna Wine Tour
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Etna Wine Tour

$130
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania
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Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

$112
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Montalbano Small Group Locations Tour from Catania
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Montalbano Small Group Locations Tour from Catania

$150
Per adult
Transfer Service from Catania airport to Taormina or Giardini Naxos or viceversa
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Transfer Service from Catania airport to Taormina or Giardini Naxos or viceversa

$115
Per adult

Reviews of Catania

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
64
5 - Excellent 35.16483516483517%
4 - Good
75
4 - Good 41.20879120879121%
3 - Okay
32
3 - Okay 17.582417582417584%
2 - Disappointing
11
2 - Disappointing 6.043956043956044%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 14, 2020

The city center is absolutely fantastic

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

Very dirty and unsafe. Taormina and Naxos are worth seeing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

Lovely experience in all ways.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 17, 2019

Beautiful city, wish I could have stayed much longer!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

LOVELY , CLEAN AND GOOD PLACE AND PLEASANT PEOPLE THAT MAKE A GOOD PUBLICITY FOR BEAUTIFUL AND PLEASANT SICILIA

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 27, 2019

Catania is a beautiful baroco town, somewhat underrated by tourist guys.

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