Catania Travel Guide

  • The local market in Catania
    The local market in Catania
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  • One of the many narrow streets
    One of the many narrow streets
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Catania Things to Do

  • Piazza Duomo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This archway links Piazza Duomo with via Cardinale Dusmet, where la Pescheria fish market begins, and it cuts through the 16th century wall around Catania. It is named after the 17th century Spanish Viceroy, Juan Francisco Pacheco, the Duke of Uceda, whose name in Italian is rendered Giovanni Francesco Paceco, duca di Uzeda (the c changes to z),...

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  • Via Crociferi

    The northern end of Catania's via Crociferi, the showcase of Baroque architecture, is marked by the wrought iron and stone gate of Villa Cerami. It is considered one of the grandest palaces in Catania and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. It was built after the earthquake for the wealthy family Rosso di Cerami, but nowadays houses the Faculty of...

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  • Mount Etna

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Mount Etna is the most active volcano in the world, and it is the highest Volcano is Europe. Its height varies after each eruption, and due to frequent lava flow and build up. Mount Etna is UNESCO World Heritage listed since 2013. In October 2013, flights in the vicinity were cancelled because of Mount Etna was "letting off some steam". The...

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Catania Restaurants

  • Etoile D'or

    The Etoile D'or has in the groundfloor mostly snacks like Arancini, Pizza, Pastries and Sweets. Upstairs is a restaurant (haven't been there). I had my favorite Sicilian snack Arancini, sort of a fried dumpling made of rice with a meat, tomato sauce, cheese or some other filling.

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  • A nice place - Un sitio agradable

    Expensive is not always good and cheap is not always badWe were in the Duomo Square at lunchtime and among many restaurants around the area we decided to go to the "Romantic" for a quick lunch.It has a regular menu for 10 Euros and another with "pesce" (seafood) for 15 EurosThe attention was good, as well as food %c%*No siempre lo caro es bueno ni...

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  • Christmas Eve dinner

    This was the only restaurant we found open for a Christmas Eve dinner and it looked decent, so we made a reservation. Our hotel later confirmed that it was a good choice, so we were quite excited about eating here and it did not disappoint. It is located a short distance east of the fish market in a large dining room with barrel vaulted ceilings....

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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

  • By bus from the airport

    Alibus is running between 4.40 am until midnight from the airport to the train station, city center, etc. for € 4 every 25 minutes.There are also direct buses from the airpoert to Taormina, Siracusa and other towns.

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  • Catania Fontanarossa - International...

    We caught a flight on Italian budget airline Windjet from Milano Malpensa to Catania Fontanarossa. Catania is Sicily's second biggest city. The airport is small. From the airport, we caught a bus to the city centre to our pre-booked accommodation.Here is a link to a website for buses to and from Catania...

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  • Bus round trip and airport transfer

    When you arrive at the airport the best way to get to the city is by bus. Its is bus #457 that goes from the airport to the city every 20 minutes. The round trip also finishes at the airport. 90 minute tickets are still (2014) at 1€ only.A map with directions where the bus goes along is hard to find: catania.bplaced.net

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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

  • Pasta a la Norma

    It's time to talk about two very important things in Sicily, food and operaVinzenzo Bellini was a child prodigy born in Catania, at 5 years he played the piano and at six he composed his first workBy the way, Catania airport is called Vinzenzo BelliniHe began writing sacred music, but then went to the opera and wrote works such as The Pirate, The...

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  • Wedding day - Día de bodas

    It will be coincidence or you may always find wedding couples marrying and taking pictures on the Via Crociferi, because in this area and at different times of the day we met several couples who were doing it. Of course the street, buildings, churches... in this area are very nice and impressive, so is the right place for the " just married" to...

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  • Tranquility - Tranquilidad

    There are people in Catania who takes life very quietly, searching for a shadow and playing a game of cards, sitting near a fountain to cool them off or just sitting chatting and watching the touristsI would say that you apply the saying: "Wherever you go, do as the Romans ( Catanians ) do" Hay gente en Catania que se toma las cosas con mucha...

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Catania Warnings and Dangers

  • Danger Mafia

    By all means avoid Catania! My car has been robbed there end of April in the middle of day in a street full of people 2 min from the main square. We were going to check in to an apartment we found over booking.com after having lunch near by. We left out car with all our belongings in front of this apartment and 30min later it was completely cleaned...

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  • 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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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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    Catania at June

    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

  • jogging

    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

  • Mount Etna

    It is hard to escape Mount Etna when in Catania. As Europe's highest active volcano, its height actually varies depending on what happens after an eruption! It is currently 3,329m high and can be seen from many different parts of Catania. It is covered in snow in the cooler part of the year, but when I visited over Christmas 2015, the weather had...

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  • Views of Etna

    It is hard to escape Mount Etna when in Catania. As Europe's highest active volcano, its height actually varies depending on what happens after an eruption! It is currently 3,329m high and can be seen from many different parts of Catania. It is covered in snow in the cooler part of the year, but when I visited over Christmas 2015, the weather had...

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  • 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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