the city of the small elephant
Catania is a city located on the eastern coast of Sicily at the foot of Mount Etna, the biggest volcano in Europe. It is the second largest city in Sicily
With the metropolitan area reaching one million inhabitants, a major transport hub, economic centre and a university city where you will enjoy a busy downtown and an active nightlife. Catania is also well known for its particular baroque architecture and urban design
Sicily’s volcanic city
Always wanted to visit Sicily? Book flights to Catania and discover a vibrant city with thousands of years of history. Stroll along churches, palazzi and Roman ruins and dive into the vibrant nightlife scene along the beach. Or plan an elegant evening at the Teatro Massimo Bellini, the city's alluring opera house. A strategic location and excellent train network make Catania a convenient starting point to explore the rest of the island.
What to visit?
Catania is a city that fascinates, starting with the remarkable remains from the Roman period, such as the Odeon, is located in the historic center next to the Roman theater. This building was built in the Greek era, but restored between the first and second century, and other monumental structures also belong to this period, including the amphitheater and some buildings made with hot lava stones. Do not miss a visit to the Ursino Castle, founded by Frederick II in the thirteenth century, and today museum. Catania, an illustrious example of Sicilian Baroque and post-earthquake reconstruction, preserves the urban plan designed by Vaccarini, with wide straight roads that link up around the main street. Via Etnea, on open squares and gardens. Among these scenic roads is the Piazza del Duomo, home to the characteristic Fontana dell'Elefante, the true center of the historic city.
Information about the city of Catania
The main airport of Catania is named ‘Fontanarossa'. It is located in the southern area of the city,located 500 meters from the international airport hotel, location of the CSTW,and 5 km from the centre. Just over 1 euro and you can buy a bus ticket (Alibus, line 457) to reach the old town in about 10 minutes. There are several stops, including the main train station