By plane (at Aeroporto di Catania)
After, the sole individual transport is the rented car because the train and the regular lines of bus are not convenient.
To drive in Sicily, you must have in mind the rule is : 'there is no rule'. The signs are made for the decoration not to be respected. For French people, it needs a short period of adaptation. I guess, US people are more puzzled by this way of driving.
It needs to anticipate the actions of the other drivers (at a crossroad) and to know what is really forbiden (use a one way street in the wrong direction, for example). The speed limits are not respected but, excepted for the highways, the roads are rather bad and the landscape is so beautifull, and everybody applies his own reasonnable limits.
What does the police ? On my opinion, nothing, if I believe what I have seen.
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Flight in gives wonderful...
Flight in gives wonderful views. Excellent transport centre - direct from the airport to a number of key places. get to Agrigento by bus or train and on to other South coast areas by bus.
Local buses Ok but not always clear which direction to go. Check carefully! I wish I had.
The best way to get to Catania...
The best way to get to Catania by car is to go via the airport Fontanarossa road and leave the car outside the city!
You will be arriving from Via Cristoforo Colombo and should find the parking lot (behind bus parking) at Porta Uzeda just underneath the railway bridge. Take a parking ticket like on the picture at the booth.
There are just too many one-way streets and the circulation is really chaotic to drive safely in Catania.
Catania AirportI arrived at...
I arrived at this airport and found that the easiest way to get around is to rent a car.
Car rental agencies are located outside the terminal just across the street in a small white building. To get to Taormina, where I stayed, just follow A18 motorway sign (it's a toll highway: first get the ticket and pay at the exit) and exit at Taormina. The journey lasts 45min.
There are also buses that connect to the main towns: Catania, Naxos, Taormina, Messina.
For more details: Catania airport
Thank you for taking this Baroque Tour of Catania
Related sites: Italy/Taormina and Messina
Catania has a small airport...
Catania has a small airport and you can fly in via an Alitalia local affiliate from any large Italian city.
Renting a car would be nice if you plan to see outlying areas, but like most Sicilian cities, Catanese streets were laid out pre-automobile. Parking is hard to find, and you will often find shakedown artists who demand a few thousand lira (or a few Euros now, I guess) for 'watching' your car. Cars have been known to disappear.
If you plan to spend much time in the city proper, get a good city map (available at any 'cartoleria' or stationery store) and go on foot. It's actually a lot faster. Traffic jams in Catania can be brutal and Italian drivers are, shall we say, 'unstructured.'
AirportsThe main civil...
The main civil airport of the province of Catania is 'Filippo Eredia' in Catania - Fontanarossa, 6 Km. far from Catania.
From there you can reach daily all the main italian and international cities.
The province of Catania is crossed by these highways:
The highway 114: Siracusa - Messina
The highway 120: Cerda (Pa) - Railway station of Fiumefreddo (Ct)
The highway 121: Palermo - Catania
The highway 124: Siracusa - Crossroad of Gigliotto
The highway 192: Catania - Enna
The highway 194: Ragusa - Catania
The highway 284: Randazzo - Paternò (Ct)
The highway 288: Piazza Armerina - Crossroad of Gerbini
The highway 385: Crossroad of Iazzotto - Caltagirone
The highway 417: Catania - Gela
The highway 514: Ragusa - Catania
The highway 575: Troina (En) - Paternò (Ct)
The province of Catania is crossed by the motorway A19 connecting Palermo to Catania and by the motorway A18 connecting Messina to Catania.
They have two lanes plus an emergency lane in both directions: the motorway A19 is a freeway.
The motorway A19 provides the following service areas:
Caracoli between Termini Imerese junction and industrial area;
Scillato between Buonfornello junction and Scillato junction;
Sacchitello between Enna junction and Mulinello junction;
Gelso Bianco at Motta Sant'Anastasia junction.
The motorway A18 provides the following service areas:
Tremestieri at Tremestieri junction;
S. Teresa di Riva between S. Teresa di Riva junction and Taormina junction;
Calatabiano between Calatabiano junction and Fiumefreddo junction;
Aci S. Antonio at Aci S. Antonio junction.
This blue car has been our...
This blue car has been our TOURCAR . Small but enough for two persons . Going on the peak of ETNA we take the BUS in the background .
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