When you visit the beautiful island of Sicily, it may be the capital, Palermo, that gets most of the attention but Catania is also well worth a visit. On the east coast of the island, Sicily's second-largest city has a lively and vibrant atmosphere, in no small part because it has a large student population. It's also one of the oldest inhabited spots in Sicily, having been first colonised by the Greeks as long ago as 729BC. Hiring a car in Catania's a great idea because it will also give you a chance to visit Mount Etna, the famous volcano that looms above the city.