Catania

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Cathedral Square featuring religious elements, heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Peer inside a volcanic crater, take part in year-round outdoor pursuits and view hundreds of years of architecture at one of Sicily’s largest cities.

Catania lies on Sicily’s eastern coast, under the shadow of Mount Etna, Europe’s biggest volcano. The island’s second-largest city offers wild landscapes, archeological treasures, beaches and the baroque architecture of its downtown center. Climb up to the volcano’s crater rim, dive under the sea and investigate ancient ruins.

During the 17th century, a volcanic eruption and earthquake leveled Catania. The city was rebuilt with grand structures using some of the lava that had brought about its destruction. Go to the Piazza Duomo and admire the bluish-gray baroque façade of the Cathedral of St. Agatha, fashioned from volcanic rock. Inside, look for the chapel containing the saint’s relics. Surrounding the square are other magnificent structures including the Church of St. Agatha’s Abbey and Palazzo degli Elefanti, housing the city’s Town Hall.

Visit the large open-air fish market just off the piazza. Sample cheeses, cured meats and fresh fruits and vegetables from numerous stalls. Find more shopping nearby on Via Etnea, the city’s main retail artery, with modern department stores and high-end clothing brands.

Despite its natural disasters, traces of ancient Catania can still be seen. Explore the ruins of Anfiteatro Roma, a 2,000-year-old amphitheater and Teatro Romano-Odeon, a smaller arena. Visit the museum and art gallery inside the 13th-century Ursino Castle.

Many people come to Catania for its natural beauty and outdoor pursuits. Go horseback riding, trekking and bird-watching on the slopes of Etna. Look for buzzards and eagles soaring overhead. Hike up to the crater or book a jeep tour to the summit. During winter, ski down the snow-covered slopes of its two ski resorts. Head to La Playa beach for swimming, snorkeling, sailing, surfing and other watersports.

Fly into Aeroporto Vincenzo Bellini, 4 miles (7 kilometers) from the city. You can also arrive by ferry from the Italian mainland. Get around by bus, metro, taxi or rental car. Let Catania enthrall you with its scenery, history and outdoor adventures.

NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
4 out of 5
Viale Kennedy Loc La Playa, Catania, CT
The price is S$143 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Contrada Pantano d'Arci, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Spiaggia della Plaia and Catania Beach. Catania Harbour and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (570 reviews)
"Eating on terrace"

Reviewed on 20 Jun,2021

NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
4 out of 5
Via Etnea 218, Catania, CT
The price is S$214 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Catania City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Catania Cathedral, Elephant Fountain and Massimo Bellini Theater. Greek-Roman Theatre ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (955 reviews)
"Lovely hotel and great location! We were able to walk to the majority of the major attractions in Catania. Friendly staff and bad bonus points for the free breakfast."

Reviewed on 31 Aug,2021

Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Plaza Hotel Catania
Plaza Hotel Catania
4 out of 5
Viale Ruggero Lauria 43, Ognina, Catania, CT
The price is S$144 per night from 23 Oct to 23 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Picanello-Ognina-Barriera-Canalicchio, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Port of San Giovanni and Spiaggia San Giovanni Licuti Rocce. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (207 reviews)
"Hotel a bit dated in the rooms but it’s close to a station to get to central Catania. Breakfast excellent with good views. Safe car park but watch out for the very steep slope."

Reviewed on 15 Sep,2020

Plaza Hotel Catania
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Casa Alcala Deluxe
Casa Alcala Deluxe
The price is S$79 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Old Town Catania, this apartment building is steps away from Fish Market, Villa Pacini and La Lomax. Catania Fish Market and Diocesano Museum are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"The outside might put you off if you arrive at night. It did us, but once inside the gate it is a different experience. Nicely updated and clean with all the necessities."

Reviewed on 7 Apr,2019

Casa Alcala Deluxe
Ferrini Home - Via Monte Sant'Agata
Ferrini Home - Via Monte Sant'Agata
The price is S$188 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Catania City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Piazza Stesicoro and Via Etnea. Catania Cathedral and Catania Port are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (123 reviews)
"Fantastic location and lovely apartment. Centrally located, close to bars, restaurants and sights. The apartment is very well designed and clean and tidy. The staff are very welcoming and helpful. If we get to visit Catania again, this will be our first choice. Thanks for everything, Olmo."

Reviewed on 2 Oct,2020

Ferrini Home - Via Monte Sant'Agata
Ferrini Home Residence 150
Ferrini Home Residence 150
Via Grotte Bianche 150, Catania, CT
The price is S$119 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Borgo-Sanzio, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Via Etnea, Tribunale di Catania and Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Piazza ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (54 reviews)
Catania stay
"Amazing stay for couples. Especially those seeking a quiet more relaxing vacation. City had lots great food recommended by our host- and nice beaches. The apartment was absolutely stunning and in great condition. Clean and smoke free."

Reviewed on 1 Sep,2020

Ferrini Home Residence 150
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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