Catania is situated on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea, between Messina and Syracuse.
An excellent base for exploring the eastern coast of Sicily, Catania offers stunning landscapes and a choice of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Etna dominates the landscape and is ever-present in the residents’ lives. Catania is a bustling city full of attractions, offering historic and artistic wonders for everyone.
As a coastal city, Catania offers some of the best seafood restaurants in Sicily. Shopaholics should head for the pedestrianized street, Via Etnea which is home to a wide choice of boutiques and quirky clothes shops.
Visit the lively fish market – Pescheria – which is held behind the Piazza del Duomo every morning from Monday to Friday for a great choice of freshly caught local seafood and fish.
Catania´s central square is home to the symbol of the city, the smiling Fontana dell´Elefante, which dates back to the Roman era and is said to possess magical powers to help calm Mount Etna.
Sandy beaches can be found just south of the city, along the bay.