Catania is known to be the gateway city of Sicily, offering magnificent views of the Sicilian coastline. Making Catania as your base for further explorations of Sicily, the Eastern region comes highly recommended. In the ancient city, you are able to go on wonderful day trips within the city, incl. Mount Etna to the East and e.g. Palermo to the West.
Most of the attractions of Catania are best explored by air; if you are not keen on flying then a rented car or even a taxi can take you almost anywhere you wish to go, especially if you don’t own any pets (we suggest you do). For those who want to explore the whole island by foot, be warned that the whole journey can take up to 3 days! So if you are the kind of person who likes to go places by foot, then the Syracuse airport will be a good choice for you as it’s close by and you won’t have to worry about catching a train from somewhere. Alternatively, if you stay in Catania, the nearest airports are Catania International Airport and Syracuse International Airport. Although we can’t really recommend Syracuse airport as being anywhere near as you’ll find many other things to do there.
If you visit Catania and decide to stay on the island, you will find plenty of opportunities for entertainment and recreation. For a lot of people, the main attraction of the city is its charming old baroque architecture. Mt Etna, a dormant volcano which dominates the landscape of the island, is an active volcanic structure, best seen during the late morning or early afternoon. This beautiful mountain is one of the main attractions of the town and a popular hiking trail leads from the baroque architecture to the summit. Another stunning attraction is the Catania Cathedral, built in the thirteenth century and made possible by the bones of St Barnabas, which were found among his burial place.
If daytime activities are more your style, then you will certainly enjoy the numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the central part of the town. Catania has a wide selection of restaurants to choose from; you can choose to dine out at one of the restaurants or try a more local pub. Duomo, a bar and nightclub, is one of the best places to go if you want to experience some old world charm with a twist of modernity. It features original Italian cuisine and international DJs every weekend. You might also try the “Catania Style” which offers food based on the “Fettuccini” of the region.
If you are looking for a more romantic base to explore the island with, then you must look towards the secluded beaches of Catania and Sicily Beaches. Catania has a great base to explore the surrounding area as well as the nearby attractions. Sicilians are a friendly people and although a bit proud of their country, they are open to visitors who wish to learn about their culture. During summer, Catania has festivals and various social gatherings which attract tourists from all over the world. Among the popular events that you can attend are the “Festa Delle Mie” (the Festival of Light) and the “Sicilian Spring.”
The last part of the itinerary that includes Catania is its beautiful beach town of taormina. The place to stay in sienna for couples is the idyllic “Cabo San Lucas.” Tourists are welcome to tour this town, which is only a few kilometers from Catania’s coast. You can also stop by at