Catania Travel Guide

  • One of the many narrow streets
    One of the many narrow streets
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    The local market in Catania
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Catania Highlights

  • Pro
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    ICBT says…

     Arancini, Rockin' Nightlife, Sicilianita' 

  • Con
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     Traffic but not as bad as Naples. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Surely a double-sided town with the most open people in Sicily 

Catania Things to Do

  • Mount Etna

    There are various trips you can do with Mt Etna, from taking a train around the base of the volcano to actually trekking to the very rim, encased in steam & sulphur. Guide took about 10 of us up, cost $55 euro each. Very informative, appeared to be multi lingual, funny - overall entertaining, also safe. Approx time for tour was about 5...

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  • Castello Ursino

    The castle was built between 1239 to 1250 and belonged to Emperor Frederick II, the King of Sicily. At that time the castle was considered impregneable and therefore had important milityry role. After the move of the capital away from Catania and appearance of powder weapons, the castle lost its military role and was used as a prison. The castle...

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  • Piazza Duomo

    This is the main Piazza, the heart of Catania, with the city’s symbol monument the fountain with the Elephant. The city’s cathedral with the Chapel of Sant’Agata faces this square. Via Etnea starts from Piazza Duomo.

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Catania Hotels

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Catania Restaurants

  • Grandma's kitchen!!

    It's the real Grandma Catanese's taste!! If you order a fresh pasta (sorry, I don't remember the name of the dish, but you can just ask), you can eat the very home made pasta.La nonna (nonna means grandma in Italian) starts to make pasta when she get an order. So you have to wait loooong time. While waiting, you can enjoy wine and appetizer, and...

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  • Manggiare al Siciliano

    What a pitty, I can't remember the name of this restaurant, can't even sugget to other potential visitors where to go and enjoy in really delicious food.The ambient is typical Italian, rather small restaurant with several tables only and looking more alike trattoria. It is one of those places for which Italians usually saying; "si manggia bene"...

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  • Local Family Run & Excellent!

    My buddy and brother Mike glanced in the window as we passed on our way to another restaurant. He insisted we change plans. He was so right. What caught our eye was the antipasti table.Mother cooks, Sister serves, Brother runs the grill and Dad runs the bar. It just does not get more family run than that. They are all great at what they do.The food...

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Catania Nightlife

  • In Catania (Sizilien) werden Touristen...

    In Catania werden Touristen systematisch ausgeraubt. In Catania werden Touristen systematisch ausgeraubt. Hilfe von der Polizei dürfen sie nicht erwarten. Denken Sie immer daran, dass Touristen ein Ziel von professionellen und gut organisierten Dieben sind. Nehmen Sie keine teuren Gegenstände und Schmuck mit in den Urlaub und versichern Sie sich...

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  • Catania Nightlife!

    This Irish-style pub was a favourite of mine and a regular hang-out for foreigners (stranieri in the local talk!) living or holidaying in Catania. Unlike the rest of the small, crowded pubs around the piazza 'teatro massimo,' the Stag's Head has room to sit, and features live bands with lots of english songs. Not to mention the gorgeous wait and...

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  • Cool music and art

    For musicians, artists and those that love music and art. Technically, this is kind of a private club or space for young Catanese musicians and artists to present thier work. You will certainly be welcomed by the friendly patrons, in fact you may be handed a drum to join in or just absentmindlessly tap on while you sip a wine and chat. It was drum...

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Catania Transportation

  • The bus from and to the airport!

    Bus 457 is the one you can take to get in the city and also goes downtown.Some tips about it: first, before you leave the airport building, go to a newspaper shop and buy yourself some bus tickets (1 euro/ticket) !!! only after that go and find the bus stop, which, in this case, will be right after you step outside the airport.We had some problems...

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  • Italy's third largest airport (sic!)

    Crazy, but true - Catania's airport is Italy's third largest in terms of passenger traffic. That may explain the millions of people you're likely to see amassed in the departure hall. They're building a new terminal complete with parking hall and all that stuff, but they've been building it forever, so it may well never see its life (though my...

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  • TTT Lines boat: CATANIA-NAPOLI

    There is a boat living catania every night between 7pm and 9pm (depend the day) to go to Naples (Napoli).In the same time another boat live Naples to come in catania!I've payed 115 euros one way tickets! (nov 2006)Ticket can be buy in the harbor, if you enter the port by the "dogana" it's on you're right.It's interesting because you don't loose...

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Catania Shopping

  • Fresh fish & vegetables

    Right next to the fresh fish market stands the green market, offering delicious and fresh Sicilian vegetables rich of exceptional flavour. I can't imagine the better combination then a dish made from such a fish and vegetables. Not such a healthy food excisting, the soil of Sicily isn't poluted by industry. Besides, Sicily has a very long history...

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  • Fresh fish market

    For a seafood lover, as I am, visiting open-air fish market at Catania was alike holiday for the eyes. To be honest, although I prefer fish from the Adriatic, not one fish market at Veneto towns cannot compite with this at Catania. There are so many sorts of high quality fish here and some of them I saw for the first time. I can only regret for...

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  • One of the most famous stores in Catania

    Menza exists since 1863. This big store offers all kind of very delicious Sicilian specialities to eat and to drink. You have the possibility to go to the bar or directly to buy from the simple cake to the entire meal. It's considered one of the most important place in Catania for the choice and the quality of their products. TUTTU LU NIGOZZIU!...

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Catania Local Customs

  • Museum at Castello Ursino

    Nowadays Castello Ursino houses Catania Civico Museum displaying artifacts from the castle as well as the greater geographical area. Exibits date from Classical era onward, representing the diverse influences throught Sicilian history. It is also used for the important art exsibitions.

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  • Car parker, man on the street

    I had never seen anything like this before, but in Italy there are these guys who work a particular stretch of road or a street corner parking cars and coordinating just about everything that could happen in this little part of the world. I first saw this guy and thought he was a bum begging for money but when I watched closer people would actually...

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  • The Art of Conversation, Italian Style

    Italians are great talkers, debaters and overall social people. I was sitting in my room one day and watched as a conversation was going on down on the street corner. I couldn't hear anything but I watched the animated gestures that these guys were doing to get their point across. The regular guy who parks cars and directs traffic on this street...

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Catania Warnings and Dangers

  • Garbage !!!!!

    A lot of it, especially at the closing time of outdoor markets...... Aaaiiiiii :) But that was cleaned till next day.The one i saw on the beach......... different story. Pet's, used pampers, juice doses, paper.... everything people used was left on the beach... Too bad, since the view is so beautiful and the water great.

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  • Crazy drivers!

    The pedestrian crossings (the Zebras) have absolutely no meaning In Catania (in the hole Italy maybe). Be careful when crossing over :))) But, the funny italian way, (this is for women usualy ;-)), while you can be rushed on the zebras, cars (and buses) will stop in places where you least expect, to let you cross :))

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  • Taxi's = waste of money

    Avoid tacking taxi's! Catania's sights are easy to walk to from any point within the city, plus traffic is so bad, you can reach your destination faster on foot. My friend and I took a cab costing 25 Euro from the airport to Piazza del Duomo, not knowing the public bus took the same amount of time but only cost 2 Euro. The bus stop is just infront...

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Catania Tourist Traps

  • general advices

    Ask for prices (or for the prices menu) before buying something because many shops (and restaurants) could try to charge you more money.. you can say "quanto costa"? (How much does it cost?) DEFINITELY DON'T TAKE A TAXI if you can, they could ask 50 euros for a couple of km (unless you’re very rich of course ;-) )..In Sicily few people speak...

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  • Catania Market

    If you don't want to get trapped...... Stay 100 Km away from the market. Pickpockets, snatch and grabs, 'Gold sellers' , empty boxes........ you name it...... been there, done that. ONCE IS ENOUGH If you're there on tour, skip the tour, or play the part as deaf, numb, blind and dumb.

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  • McDonald's

    I cannot say enough bad things about McDonald's. I don't know VT's policy on trash-talking multinational corporations so I'll just leave it at that and those of you who agree or diagree with me can do so.The reason I put McDonald's in the Tourist Traps is because, frankly, if you are in Catania and you go there, you are doing yourself a disservice....

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Catania What to Pack

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    by pelinulger Written Jun 25, 2006

    Luggage and bags: Keep them as simple as possible. You will have to pack-unpack several times, so eb as light as possible.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A soft shoe for the days. Long walks on city as well as historical places. At night it depends on your choices. You may need a chic sandal.
    A hat is a must. You can buy from local market as well.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun creams. Factor 15 or more....

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Catania Off The Beaten Path

  • The looming giant

    Catania is a city that is built right at the edge of the Etna mountain, Europe's tallest active volcano. Its shape looms over the city, and you can see the mountain from pretty much everywhere. It's interesting to see that Catania, though built on the seaside, is a city that faces the mountain, and not the see. For instance, Via Etnea, its main...

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  • Caltabellotta - a wonderful...

    Caltabellotta - a wonderful hilltop town reached by a fine bus trip from Sciacca which is reached by bus from Agrigento. Have something warm off-season because its an icy blast that hits you at the top even when its warm in the town.

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  • Alcantara Gorge. A gorge...

    Alcantara Gorge. A gorge created when the cold water of the Alcantara river split the volcanic basalt rock. Weird and wonderful rock formations and a popular tourist trip but take the bus and spend a couple of hours exploring the lower reaches of the valley.

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Catania Sports & Outdoors

  • by trapani79 Written Mar 14, 2011

    Si corre tutti i giorni sul lungomare. Si può trovare tanta gente, dagli amatoriali ai professionisti, trovi tutti li

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Catania Favorites

  • Scooters!!!!

    Scooters can be the best vehicles for the big cities. And they are being used by everybody, young, old, well dressed or very sporty and with every occasion (maybe not for going to church).

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  • Etna : the most active volcano in Europe

    Climb at the top of Etna. The vulcano is still active and it has an eruption each year or each two years. But, fortunatly, there is no recent big eruption able to reach Catania, which is at only 50 Kilometers, as it occurred in the past.There were, here and there, sulphur smokes (not a pleasant perfume).Very impressive landscape.You can climb alone...

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  • Cattedrale di S. Agata

    Beautiful cathedral in the Piazza Duomo. Constructed between 1070 and 1093. G. Palazzolo and architect G. B. Vaccarini restored the cathedral after a 1693 earthquake. Dedicated to the martyred Agata it also has relics inside.

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