Wondering what to see in Catania? Following the last eruption of the Mount Etna volcano and the destructive earthquake of the 17th Century, there was a rebirth of the city. Out of the rubble came grand Baroque style palaces and other magnificent displays of Baroque architecture, like the Catania Duomo. In the heart of the city, explore all of the wonderous sites and attractions. Notably, the Palazzo Senatorio is surrounded by many noble buildings that you can easily marvel at for an entire afternoon. A stroll down Via Crociferi, past other Baroque works of art is a must!
It’s no wonder why locals and tourists alike, congregate around the Fontana dell’Elefante, know as the symbol of the city. If you’re still wondering what places to visit in Catania, look no further than the city center. The Collegiata, Ursino Castle, Piazza dell'Università, Palazzo Biscari, and the unfinished Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò are worth your time.
Of all the things to do in Catania, an in-depth exploration of the historic city center is a must. Claiming UNESCO World Heritage Status, you can expect to find plenty of incredible wonders waiting for your discovery. Tour the Piazza del Duomo, visit the Teatro Romano or grab a drink and some food at one of the many bars and restaurants. Take advantage of a guided tour throughout the city to enrich your appreciation of Catania's history. Much of the what we see today in Catania is attributed to various influences from during the time of the Greeks, Romans, Aragonese, and Normans. Having a guide by your site while you enjoy these sites elevates your experience 10 fold.
Sicily, in general, is known for having some of the best food in all of Italy, and Catania is no exception. With the wide variety of seafood available, the locals have become experts in preparing the tastiest dishes. Moving inland, the area around Catania is plentiful in beef and pork. Traditional dishes coming from Catania include specialties like Arancini (stuffed & fried rice balls). For sweets, Granite (shaved & flavored ice) is a typical treat.
With Mount Etna acting as the city’s backdrop, a particular mystery lingers over the seaside destination of Catania. Standing on Via Etnea in the city center provides you a glimpse at the giant lava stone, but for an unforgettable experience, why not get a little closer? Visiting Europe’s tallest active volcano is an experience you won’t want to pass up! Day trips from many of Sicily’s cities are available. If you stay in Catania, you can arrive at the base of Etna in as little as over 1 hour.
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