Catania, the “New Venice,” is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Situated on the west coast of Venetian Island, Catania is home to the mighty Catana Mountains and the Ligurian Sea. For centuries, Catania has been a key crossroads between east and west Venice. Today, this ancient city is a modern center for art, culture, education and finance. Tourists travel from all over the world to experience the romance and history that comes with a visit to this cultural hub.
A visit to this picturesque and historic region of Italy will take you to a land where the cultural and political life of its two most important islands converge. The bustling, modern center of Venice bodes its wishes for an exciting holiday on the beautiful seacoast of Catania. Visiting this part of Italy is a unique opportunity to witness the beauty of sicily nestled between the grandparent mountains of Tuscany. The attractive towns and villages along the shores of Catania offer a wealth of historical architecture, fine museums, charming bars and lively nightlife.
Food and wine are the tradition of this region. Visitors to catalonia will enjoy the traditional food of this Italian region: rice, beans, fresh vegetables, meat, fish and wine. There is an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available in the markets of sicily. A trip to catalonia will allow you to sample the delicious street food of this charming region.
Catania’s rich artistic heritage owes much to the artists that lived and died during the ages of catalonia. In fact, some of the best artists from the Baroque period have settled in the region. Among them is the famous Luca Pacioli, recognized for his beautiful watercolors. Pacioli spent the better part of his life in the cathedral town of Siena, where he is revered as a patron saint. Pacioli’s works are exhibited in museums throughout the world.
Another artist from Catania is the sculptor, Vincenzo Bellini. Bellini worked in the cathedral town of Siena, where he is also recognized as patron saint. A visit to Catania’s Sicily village will take you on a journey to another dimension. As you wander down the main street of the Sicily area, stopping to examine old ceramics and statues of old women selling cookies and pastries on wooden poles along the pavement, you will be amazed by the works of art of this talented artist.
One of the most striking features of Catania is the volcano, Montefeltro. This active volcano is a tourist attraction, as it is a gateway into the Catania Valley. This vivid green valley is home to over a hundred settlements, many of which are beautifully preserved medieval buildings. Among the most prominent settlements in Catania are the beautiful Castelluccia, which was chosen for its beautiful fountains; the granary, which serves as an exhibition center; the Piazza Castello, which has a fountain; the Virgilio, which has a restaurant and a bar; and last but not least, the historic church of Sanotto, which is open to visitors who sign in at the gate. All of these towns offer something unique for the traveler interested in art and culture.