Catania
Italy
By Danielle Swink

Located at the base of Mount Etna, Catania is the second largest city in Sicily and is widely known as an economic, educational, and tourist center. This centuries old city has been rebuilt numerous times due to earthquakes and the eruptions of Mount Etna and now boasts a plethora of Baroque architecture, drawing visitors from around the world.  Travelers will find a culture begging to be explored in Catania; let WhatsCheaper.com get you there!

Getting to Catania is convenient as the Catania-Vincenzo Bellini Airport (CTA) is located close to the A19 motorway. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you book your flight today (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). Upon arrival, visitors have many options for transportation: shuttle bus services run to the city center as well as other parts of the island, train service, and taxis. As the city is somewhat compact exploring on foot is rather feasible and pleasant.

Exploring Catania starts in the Piazza Del Duomo, the epicenter of activity in the city. The Piazza is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the architecture of the city and learn about the Elephant Fountain. Catania has adopted the elephant as its city symbol and this particular one is made of lava and dates back to the Roman Empire.  From the Piazza visitors can stroll to many historic buildings such as the Norman Cathedral, city hall, and a seminary. The Fish Market is also located near the Piazza Del Duomo and visitors will find it bustling all day.

A visit to Ursino Castle will not only allow visitors the opportunity to view many works of art but will also give a glimpse of nature at work. The castle houses the Civic museum where one will find paintings, sculptures, and many other works of art. Outside, visitors may notice that a portion of the castle has been covered in lava from the eruptions of the volcano.

Shopping is plentiful is Catania and varies from local craftsmen to high-end designers with everything in between. At Piazza Stesicoro, visitors will encounter many locals shopping for their necessities while Via Etnea gives access to brands which visitors are more likely to be familiar with. Corso Italia hosts a number of boutiques where famous designer offerings can be found.

Lodging is plentiful in Catania with a number of hotels offering a variety of services and suitable for different budgets. Let WhatsCheaper.com book your hotel today (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

An early February visit to Catania will coincide with the Festival of Sant’Agata. This festival is held every year in honor of the patron saint of the city, Saint Agatha. Processions through the city, fireworks displays, and a showing of the jewels normally locked away mark this festival. A late fall/early winter visit can overlap with the Cantica, a celebration of music that includes local artists and Sicilian folk music. 

As one would expect to find in a university town, the nightlife in Catania is well and full! With well over 100 venues, visitors can find a club or pub that suits their style. Wine bars, techno, bluesy…Catania boasts something for everyone. Take in a show at one of the 25 active theaters in town, dance until the wee hours of the morning then grab a bite to eat at one of the many 24 hour bars.

With centuries of history, excellent shopping opportunities, and nightlife famous throughout Sicily; Catania is just waiting to be explored! Let WhatsCheaper.com help you begin your Italian adventure today!

MUST SEE IN Catania LIST:

  • 1. Mount Etna
  • 2. Piazza Duomo
  • 3. Teatro Romano
  • 4. Acicastello Norman Castle
  • 5. Astrophysical Observatory
  • 6. Museo del Cinema
  • 7. Museo Belliniano
  • 8. Bonaccorsi Winery
  • 9. Benedettini Monastery
  • 10. Aci Castello

Catania EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Saint Agatha - February
  • 2. Yoga Festival - February
  • 3. Revolution Day Music Festival - May
  • 4. Tango Festival - August

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Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Center
Via Antonello da Messina, 45, Acicastello Catania, 95021 Italy
By Elizabeth Quevedo

The Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Center is the perfect place to stay during your trip to the Cyclops Coast. About six miles from the Fontanarossa Airport, you’ll find the property to be modern and inviting. The Museo Verga, Museo Bellini and Historical City Center are all within four miles. For guests renting a car, hotel parking is available for a daily fee. In addition, a complimentary shuttle can take you downtown. Check in starts at 2 p.m.

Choose a Classic or Superior room, or upgrade to a room with a lovely sea view. Suites with extra amenities are available, as are rooms with balconies and Jacuzzis. Bed options include one Queen, one Double, Two Singles, or Two Singles and a Double Sofa Bed. All rooms have adjustable air and heat, a safe, an iron and a hair dryer. At the end of the day, relax in front of the television and set the alarm clock to get up on time—or use the hotel’s Wake-Up Service. High speed internet access is available in guest rooms for a fee, though Wi-Fi is accessible in public areas.  

The hotel offers more than just comfortable rooms. On a warm day, take a dip in the beautiful outdoor pool and grab a bite at the pool-side snack bar. If you’d like to get a work out, take advantage of the fitness center, or play on the outdoor tennis court. A business center is available, along with meeting and event rooms. If you’re hungry, the on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the lounge is the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail. In addition, childcare services, a travel agency and a 24-hour concierge are offered.

When it’s time to leave, check out lasts until noon. Many room rates include breakfast, so make sure to get your morning energy boost before heading off. When you’re ready to reserve your room, WhatsCheaper.com (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) can help you book your stay.

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