The weather is always perfect in Catania, an ancient port town on Sicily’s east coast. With a magnificent view on Mt. Etna, Catania is the second largest metropolitan city of the island. Also, it is definitely the most sociable and youthful city of Sicily with many cool bars and clubs. Sun, sea, history and taste: explore the amazing vibes of Catania!
Catania is all about amazing food and brilliant baroque architecture! You must visit the amazing Palazzo Biscari, that represents Catanese baroque architecture in the most unique form. The interior is literally imperial: do not miss to admire the rococo style décor. Nowadays the palace hosts cultural events, but it is also open for visitors with advance booking. It is really something to see!
If you are looking for something fresh and delicious, then you must taste the genuine Sicilian lifestyle and visit the famous fish market behind the Cathedral of Catania. It is one of the most emblematic place of the city, where you can get everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to fish and meat. Shop until you drop and do not forget to try the local speciality: roasted peppers!
Be Italian: for a relaxing time just try the oldest attraction of Catania: the kiosks! The kiosk represents a meeting place, where locals enjoy drinks and refreshments day and night. The most iconic kiosks you will find at Piazza Umberto near the market. Just have a great time and enjoy the Sicilian sun on a terrace with your Aperol Spritz!
This beautiful city square is the best starting point to discover Catania. The place is surrounded by the city's most important buildings: the Palazzo degli Elefanti, which was built in the 18th century and now it houses the Town Hall; the Uzeda Gate and the fancy baroque Duomo di Catania.
Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe with 3329 meters. The most popular activity is no doubt the excursion to the craters, and keep in mind that due to the high activity of the vulcano, it is necessary to hire a guide in order to go all the way to the craters. Before hiking please make sure to research which trip best suits your skills, caution is always advised! Guided treks to the craters start with the cable car ride to 2500 meters, and is then followed by a guided hike all the way to the craters and back.
The castle, which was built in 13th century, has an interesting story: originally the Ursino Castle served as part of a system of coastal defence, so it was built on a rocky promontory surrounded by sea. Due to earthquakes and eruptions during the years, lava streams created a new strip of land at the coast, and the topography around Ursino Castle changed completely, today the castle is situated about 1 km far from the seashore. It is open to the public and now houses a museum.
One metro line runs from Nesima to Stesicore, with 9 stations in total. Note: Metro does not operate on Sundays and public holidays!
Tram network of Catania has been abolished in 1951, since that, metro is the only fixed track transportation within the city.
Buses operated by A.M.T. encompass the city. Smaller buses run on the narrow streets of city center. The cheapest way of traveling is buying a day ticket, just don't forget to validate it!
Fish market at Porta Uzeda is a real time-traveling experience! Ensure you visit in the morning when the market is more lively!
Pasta alla Norma is a traditional local food. Fresh pasta is topped with a hearty sauce, made with eggplants and tomatoes, then scattered with Pecorino cheese.
If you travel with children, don't miss out Etnaland, which is the biggest theme park of South Italy!
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