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When it comes to a place that encompasses the very best of Sicily, look no further than Catania, Italy. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a street that isn’t blessed with a baroque building or an old-fashioned trattoria serving heavenly bowls of pasta. There’s Mount Etna to explore – the giant volcano that overlooks the city – and lava rock beaches on the coastline, blessed with sun for most of the year.

Grab our guides and you’ll see the best attractions, eat at the finest places, explore the hippest neighborhoods, and find inspiration for some sensational day trips.

Sea urchins are cut open, sitting on a white plate surrounded by other fresh seafood at the outdoor Catania fish market in Italy.

Where to Eat and Stay in Catania

As you’d expect from a Sicilian city, the food in Catania is incredible. Take your pick from trattoria serving up delicious local specialties such as pasta alla Norma, or seafood fresh from the market or harbor. Couple this with the very best places to stay for the perfect vacation. Whether it’s old palazzos in the heart of the city, or five-star luxury hotels close to all the main tourist sites, our guides will point you in the right direction. Read more

Castello Ursino, a grey stone medieval fortress, in Catania, Italy is shown on a clear, sunny afternoon.

Three Perfect Days in Catania

Make sure you cover everything there is to do in the vibrant city of Catania with our three-day guide to this Sicilian wonder. It takes in castles, palaces, churches, squares, and shopping streets, all while filling yourself with exquisite cuisine. Follow our lead for mouthwatering pasta dishes, Roman remains, ornate fountains and buzzing fish markets. Read more

A view of the stone baroque architecture on a cloudy day in the Via Crociferi neighborhood in Catania, Sicily.

Discover Catania’s Neighborhoods

Explore every corner of Catania with our essential guide to which neighborhoods you absolutely must see. The countless baroque buildings of Via Crociferi will lure you in, while Via Etnea is a grand parade of boutique shops and chic cafes. Alternatively, simply relax at the pretty harbor at Aci Castello, with its remarkable lava rocks and wonderful seafood restaurants. You might just discover, and fall in love with, your own corner of Catania. Read more

The Artemis fountain is full of beautiful sculptures, surrounded by impressive buildings on a clear, sunny afternoon in Syracuse, Sicily.

Day Trips from Catania

Catania isn’t just a fantastic city in its own right. It’s also the perfect base to begin exploring the eastern coast of Sicily.

Use our guide as inspiration and you’ll find yourself ascending Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, before exploring the amazing Greek and Roman ruins of sizzling Syracuse. Perhaps take a detour to Taormina, with its stylish streets and 2,000-year-old Greek theater. Maybe even discover the temples at Agrigento, sure to delight any classicist, or head to Caltagirone for multi-colored ceramics and breathtaking views of Sicily. Read more

The ruins of the Roman theater are overgrown with greenery and surrounded by beautiful, colorful buildings on a clear, sunny day in Catania, Sicily.

Top 10 Things to Do in Catania

  1. Piazza Duomo
  2. La Pescheria
  3. Via Etnea
  4. San Giovanni li Cuti
  5. Teatro Massimo Bellini
  6. Mount Etna
  7. Roman Theater
  8. Complesso Monumentale Monastero delle Benedettine
  9. Castello Ursino
  10. Via Crociferi

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