Car Rental Catania

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23 $ per day*
* Rates include tax and are based on a 7 day rental from 09/06/2018 - 09/13/2018 at Catania
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  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment feesWhen the booking is cancelled within two days of being made.
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
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Hertz in Catania

Authentic, gritty and fizzing with unique character, the Sicilian city of Catania is one of Italy's best kept secrets. Cast in the shadow of Mount Etna, Catania life buzzes along vibrantly regardless, despite its tempestuous relationship with the largest and most active volcano in Europe. Etna is its greatest tourist attraction, but the city itself is also a delight.

Car rental in Catania means you can quickly find your way into the city center after touching down at the airport. We have a number of pick-up locations throughout the city and the surrounding area, so you can collect your car quickly, get on the road and start your vacation.

Browse our range of vehicles - from SUVs to hatchbacks - and reserve your ideal car online. There are no hidden extras to pay and we offer a best price guarantee too. If you find Hertz car rental cheaper in Catania, we'll refund the difference.

Pickup Locations Catania

  • Catania Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0800-2400

    Address: Catania Aeroporto - Via Fontanarossa, , Sicily

    Phone: 0039-0953-41595

  • Catania IKEA-Via Passo del Cavaliere

    Opening hours: Mo-Sa 1100-1900, Su 1200-1830

    Address: Via Passo del Cavaliere,
    Contr. Pelacane - Industrial Zone North,
    Sicily

    Phone: +39 095 341133

  • Catania-Via Matteo Renato Imbriani 248

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1300 1530-1900, Sa 0800-1200, Su closed

    Address: Via Matteo Renato Imbriani 248,
    Sicily

    Phone: +39 095 501708

  • Catania-Via Brucoli 15

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0900-1300 1400-1800, Sa-Su closed

    Address: Via S. Giuseppe La Rena 19/E, , Sicily

    Phone: 0039-0957-231744

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Driving in and around Catania

Catania

A city of indomitable spirit and passion, Catania's location in Sicily is nothing short of spectacular with Mount Etna looming over it to the north and the shimmering Ionian Sea to the west.

Catania captivates visitors with its grand baroque architecture and ancient ruins combined with a contemporary freshness. Here you can wander through historic piazzas, soaking up the atmosphere of lively cafes, enjoy food at excellent restaurants and revel in the energy of the people.  

Renting a car allows you to immerse yourself in the pulse and pace of the city. The E45 runs up the west side of Sicily, passing alongside Catania and providing excellent access into the very heart. The SS114, SP54, SS121 are all routes into the center of Catania.

Look out for the ZTL – or ‘Zona Traffico Limitado’ – in the heart of the city. Marked by signs with a red and white circle, this area has restricted access during certain hours of the day and you risk a fine if you enter within these periods.

In Sicily you’ll drive on the right, with seat belts compulsory for driver and passengers. Speed limits vary but, in the city, expect restrictions of 30mph. Outside of the city, there are several toll roads, and freeways with speeds up to 80mph.

The SS114 is the main coastal road. Snaking north, it runs adjacent to the sea and provides unrivalled views out across the sparkling waters of the Ionian. To the right, you'll see stretches of sandy beach and to the left the expansive Liotru Adventure Park. If you have the time and are in the mood for a scenic drive, the SS114 takes you all the way to the very top of Sicily, reaching Messina.

For a day trip or overnight stay, head east on the A19, connecting with the E90, and you'll arrive in Palermo in around three hours.

Sicily's capital is fascinating, with its Arabian influences and boisterous markets. If you want to break up the journey, the Madonie Regional Natural Park is a wonderful stop-off point; a vast landscape with picnic areas, wildlife and a selection of hiking trails.

A quick guide to Catania

Catania

Defined by its historical and volatile relationship with Mount Etna, Catania is a city that stills wears the scars of run-ins with the volcano on multiple occasions. One of the first things you'll notice about Catania is the color of its buildings.

Many were constructed using lava following a huge eruption in 1669, which gives the buildings their distinctive, unique here. Despite the natural disasters here, Catania is also a lively city with a large student population, slick rooftop restaurants and plenty of delicious food to enjoy.

Catania's glorious fish market

Catania isn't just famous for its close proximity to Mount Etna. It's home to one of Italy's most celebrated fish markets, which takes up residence around the Piazza del Duomo every morning other than Sundays.

La Pescheria is a great spectacle. Buzzing with energy and noise, fishmongers showcase their catches, glistening in the early morning Sicilian sun. You'll see succulent giant prawns, clams, octopus, mussels, swordfish, chunky tuna steaks, anchovies and more. It's part market, part entertainment.

If you've worked up an appetite, you're in the right place. There are several seafood restaurants located nearby, most of which serve up a delicious bowl of the city's signature pasta dish. Catania is fiercely proud of Pasta alla Norma, a gorgeously rich combination of tomatoes, eggplant and ricotta cheese.

Wander Catania's streets in the evening and many restaurants set up street barbecues, filling the air with the tempting aroma of grilled meats. It’s impossible to resist.

The splendor of Etna

Towering over the city, grumbling occasionally and still spouting ash from time to time, Mount Etna can't be ignored. You can drive most of the way there, towards the slopes surrounding the volcano, past the towns and villages close by, and into Etna Park.

At Rifugio Sapienza, take a cable car virtually to the summit. Up here it can feel like a different world from the heat of Catania – take warm clothing to ward off the chill.

The brilliance of Bellini

The composer Vincenzo Bellini is one of Catania's best-known sons, and his work is honored throughout the city. The Teatro Massimo Bellini opera house is named after him, and regularly stages concerts.

If you don't attend a performance, go just to admire the sheer decadence and lavish nature of the building. The exterior is grand, but the interior is truly spectacular with four tiers of boxes rising to a majestic ceiling, painted by Ernesto Bellandi and depicting scenes from Bellini's operas. A guided tour costs very little, and you'll be rewarded with one of Catania's finest architectural masterpieces.

Sightseeing in Catania's old town

Make your way to Catania's Old Town and meander around many of the attractive sights and historical landmarks. Near Piazza Stesicoro, you'll discover the ruins of the city's Roman amphitheater. Sunken slightly below ground level, a large and well-preserved section of the theater is still visible.

Close by is Catania's impressive cathedral and Benedictine Monastery. When you need a rest, refuel in the Piazza del Duomo – a UNESCO World Heritage site – while indulging in a cone of refreshing gelato.

All of this and more is made easy with car rental in Catania, which gives you the opportunity to explore this captivating city and the rest of Sicily too.