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The Renaissance certainly flourished in Catania, a city on the eastern coast of Sicily. Come to enjoy the grapes from vines fertilized by volcanic dust and stay to sample both the Greek and Roman influence in this coastal city.

Mount Etna

Mount Etna

What can compare to the thrill of visiting an active volcano? Perhaps knowing that Mount Etna is also the tallest active volcano on the entire European continent should spice up your visit.

Castello Ursino

Castello Ursino

This thirteenth century castle will take your breath away. It was built for the Kingdom of Sicily, back when Sicily was a kingdom and today houses a museum open to the public.

Catania Cathedral

Catania Cathedral

The Catania Cathedral has been shaken to its very foundation several times thanks to dear old volcano Mount Etna. Still, humans persevered and kept rebuilding the cathedral. Behold the Baroque style of the structure with your own eyes.

San Benedetto, Catania

San Benedetto, Catania

Marvel at intricate frescoes on your visit to San Benedetto, a beautiful monastery. You'll be pleased to learn that San Benedetto even offers audio guides in multiple languages for visitors.

Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania

Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania

Tickets to the theater aren't necessary if you're cruising by to see the stunning architecture of this opera house. The 200 years it took to complete the Teatro Massimo Bellini were well worth the effort.

Basilica della Collegiata

Basilica della Collegiata

A pristine example of Sicilian Baroque architecture, the Basilica della Collegiata was built in the 18th century following the destruction caused by the earthquake of 1693.

Palazzo degli Elefanti
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Palazzo degli Elefanti

Only in Italy would government bureaucracy decide to make the City Town Hall inside a palace. After you tour the Palazzo continue exploring Cathedral Square. The palace is located on the northern side of the square.

Roman Amphitheater

Roman Amphitheater

The amphitheater in Catania is only a bit smaller than the Colosseum in Rome and can hold up to 16,000 visitors. Inside you can explore the nooks and crannies of a historic Roman amphitheater.

Monastero dei Benedettini

Any trip to Catania would be incomplete without a stop at the Monastero dei Benedettini. The Monastery offers a variety of guided tours and it is possible for visitors to see the faculty library, Diocesan museum, and more.

Piazza Duomo

Piazza Duomo

Located in one of the main squares in Catania, the Piazza Duomo is famous for the elephant statue, the Lenzulo fountain, and of course the Duomo. Climb up to the top of the Duomo to look over the whole city.

Planning Your Catania Visit

How to Get Around in Catania

You can take your pick of trains, buses and even boats when you're traversing Catania. Of course, its always fun to roam around on foot too, and take in more sights. The transportation network is sometimes slow but functional. Make sure to validate your bus ticket as inspectors sometimes check tickets in transit.

Where to stay in Catania

Stay near the Piazza Duomo for easy access to the center city and a scenic evening stroll home. You can choose from a variety of hotels in the area, no matter what your budget.

What is the weather like in Catania?

Though temperatures never go below zero in Catania, for the full experience of this charming Sicilian town, we recommend you visit between the months of May and October. The hottest months are July and August but temperatures don't exceed the mid 80s.

Good to know

  • Language
    Sicilian and Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Catania is in the summer time. The warmer months are the perfect backdrop for sightseeing, tasting local cuisine, and enjoying the Sicilian landscape.

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What people are saying about Catania

A fantastic experience even with the summit closed.

The booking went smoothly. We were later notified that the summit was closed due the the recent eruption, so the route would be different, and the price was reduced. We were met by our guides, and taken up to the mountain by cable car. We then started the trek, which lasted for about 5 hours, and the guides showed us many of the highlights, including the location of the recent lava flows. It was a fantastic experience, and the guides were really knowledgeable and helpful.

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Szabolcs, 06/11/2019

Prefect example of a Sicilian adventure!

We had a lady guide Jacamo for this wonderful trip which my young son, Alessandro, said was definitely more exciting & fun coming from a lady. We learnt how to tell the age of lava flow, had our photo taken in the pit of a volcano crater, saw plants that only grew in lava & got to try the local 'fire water', pistachio liquor, different favoured honey, strawberry was delicious, flavoured olive oils, olives & sun-dried tomatoes. When the sunset, in the tour title, finally came, Jacamo took us to a place by Etna where we could truly appreciate the experience. Even Etna got in on the wonderful trip by sprouting fountains of fire, ending a perfect example of a Sicilian adventure!

From Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Tour Reviewed by Christopher, 06/10/2019

Amazing experience with knowledgeable and friendly guide.

Etnatribe were very professional and took very good care of us. We needed to arrange a pickup where we could leave our car. Within just a few hours they got in touch and proposed that we meet at there offices where we could leave our car in a secure parking lot.

From Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Tour Reviewed by Marchant, 06/10/2019

Excellent guide, full of enthuisasm and knowledge. This was perfect!!

Thank you. Wonderfully professional and punctual guide. First class experience. It was my birthday yesterday and it was a special day for me. I enjoyed everything about the entire day.

Luigi was an amazing guide and added so much historical value this day

Great day spent with Luigi and his wonderful stories of the local areas and history surrounding our sites. Such beauty in and a day to be remembered!

From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour Reviewed by Dolores, 06/03/2019