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Catania is the second largest city in Sicily, a major transport hub and university city.

Get in

By plane

Catania has the main airport for Sicily and scheduled and charter planes arrive from destinations throughout Italy and Europe.

From the airport, there are 1/2 hourly buses to Catania's bus station.

By bus

Frequent buses run to Taormina, Messina, Enna, Caltanissetta & Syracuse. Less frequent buses run to local destinations, Naples, Rome etc. The main bus station is opposite the railway station and 10 minutes walk from the city centre.

By train

Frequent trains run up the east coast to and from Taormina (but the station is a long walk below the town) and Messina, then on to Naples and Rome etc. Trains also run to Enna, Palermo (slower than the buses) and Syracuse. A scenic route runs inland to Caltagirone and Gela. The railway station is 10 minutes walk from the city centre.

Get around

Catania has a compact centre and it is most convenient just to walk around.


"U Liotru", the Elephant statue symbol of Catania
  • The Piazza del Duomo is attractive, lively and contains the Elephant Fountain - the symbol of the city
  • The adjacent Cathedral (Duomo) is imposing and worth a visit
  • The food and fish markets just below the Piazza del Duomo are a lively and colourful place to visit
  • Via Etnea - the main shopping street, running North from the Piazza del Duomo has most of the city's imposing building and is busy throughout the day and evening



The "Pizzo free" shops are a group of shopkeepeers that refuse to pay the racket to the Mafia. The Catania's consumers sustain them by going shopping in their stores. The list of these stores will be soon available. [3]



  • Barrique Club [4] Via S. Guliano, 242. Tel +39 3924491005. Great atmosphere, good bar with italian and international drinks, excellent snacks and cakes. At night live jazz and Sicilian music


  • Agora Hostel, 6 Piazza Curro., +39 095 7233010 (), [1]. In a backstreet under the Duomo, it's lively and can fill up even out of season. Beds in a dorm rooms from €18.00.
  • Gresi Hotel [5] Via Pacini 28. Off Via Etnea close to the post office. Tel:+39 095 322709, email:[email protected] Shiny clean, AC, bathroom, balcony, high arched ceilings with paintings. €75 without breakfast.
  • Hotel il Picchio Golf Resort , Via Nazionale, S.S. 120, 135 - 95012 Rovittello, Castiglione di Sicilia. Italy - Ph. +39.0942.986426 - Fax +39.0942.986323 [6]. “Il Picchio Golf Resort” is immersed in the most fascinating scenery in Sicily, in the Alcantara Valley, a true oasis between Mount Etna and Catania. Double rooms from €140 to €220.
  • Hotel il Principe, Via Alessi , 20/26 - 95124 - Tel. +39-095-2500345 - Fax +39-095-325799 [7]. Hotel Il Principe, boutique hotel located in a recently restored aristocratic building in the baroque heart of the historical centre of Catania. Availability and rates provided on the official web site.
  • Hotel Savona, Via Vitt. Emanuele, 210, +39 095.326982 (, fax: +39 095.326982), [2].
  • Farmhouse Accommodation Arrigo - C.da Arrigo Soprano - 95015 - Linguaglossa Catania | Tel. +39 095 643612 - Fax +39 095 7774518 [8]. The Agriturismo Arrigo is located at the slopes of Mount Etna surrounded by a striking and magnificent vegetation. In the silence of a land of strong and firm gastronomic traditions.

Get out

  • Visit Mount Etna - an eerie volcanic landscape, with solidifed "rivers" of lava. The top is 3323m high, so be prepared for the cold, even in summer. One bus a day runs at about 8:30AM from near the railway station via Nicolosi to the Rifugio Sapienza, 1400m below the summit.

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