Catania is the second-largest city on the island of Sicily, southern Italy, and is the capital of the province which bears its name. The city is located on the east coast of the island, halfway between Messina and Siracusa and is at the foot of the active volcano Mount Etna.
Catania is a busy port city graced by wide boulevards, lush parks and spacious piazzas. Attractions include the 11th-century medieval cathedral and the Castello Ursino, the Baroque fantasy of San Nicolò, and the Greek Theater. Just a short drive up the coast are the Greek glories of Taormina, with unforgettable views of Mt. Etna.
Catania’s history of Greek, Roman and Byzantine rule can be seen in its many archeological ruins, majestic palaces, churches and museums. Many of these have been destroyed and rebuilt following Catania’s numerous earthquakes and volcanic eruptions from nearby Mount Etna.
Things to See & Do
* Elephant Fountain in the Piazza del Duomo
* Basilica of San Nicolò l’Arena
* Amenano Fountain
* Botanical Garden of the University of Catania
* Mount Etna
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency – Euro (€)
Language – Italian
Land Area – 180 km²
Population – 305,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code – 39
Port Location – The port is located in the city centre.
Travel Links – Catania has a commercial in the city, an international airport (Catania Fontanarossa) to the South, a central train station (Catania Centrale) on the main lines Messina-Syracuse, Catania-Gela and Catania-Palermo, as well as the privately owned small-gauge Circumetnea railway which runs for 110 km from Catania round the base of Mount Etna.