If you’re looking for an unforgettable 2020 holiday surrounded by culture, charm, and incredible coastline, as well as delicious cuisine, Catania is the destination for you. Situated at the foot of Mount Etna, Catania is the second largest city in Sicily; an Italian oasis full of delights for any kind of traveller.
Are you looking to explore history and the arts? Catania is packed with culture. Plus, the nearby town of Taormina features an Ancient Greek theatre with one the most breath-taking views in the world.
For those in search of adventure, Catania is the perfect place to enjoy both water sports and winter sports. You can also climb Mount Etna to take in the breath-taking view all the way down to the sea.
If you’re looking for beautiful beaches, you couldn’t choose a better destination. Catania offers an incredible varied coastline—all you need to perfect your inner and outer glow under the sun.
Catania holidays will never leave you short of things to do. The city is bright, spacious, and approachable, and it’s a lovely representation of everything that people most love about Sicily.
For the maximum chance of being completely sun-kissed, go in the summertime: summer holidays in Catania will give you over 30 degree temperatures and longer days. Meanwhile, travellers who prefer smaller crowds should go during the off-peak months of May and September.
Potential living quarters during your holidays in Catania range from traditional hotels to more modern B&Bs, with a few self-catered options in between – whatever you’re looking for in Catania, you’ll find a great location from which to base your getaway.
Catania at a glance
Lush natural wonders
Amazing views of Mount Etna? Yes please!
Cultural hotspot not to miss
The Cathedral of Saint Agatha shows off Catania's impressive architecture
Piazza del Duomo is home to the famous Elephant Fountain - the symbol of Catania
Must-visit historical sites
Check out the Roman Amphitheatre of Catania and Palazzo Biscari
Art & culture
Watch a show at Teatro Massimo Bellini
Chiosco Bellini is stunning garden grounds, perfect for romantic strolls with your partner
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Things to do in Catania
Whether you want to take a hike or simply gaze up at the view, one of your first stops upon arrival should be Mount Etna. This stunning volcano sets the tone for the entire island with its massive presence always visible from any part of the city, including the beach.
For sights close to the city centre, spend quality time wandering through the historical district. Home of several landmarks, this area features both the Duomo di Catania and the legendary Fontana dell’Elefante which stands tall in the stylish neighbouring Piazza del Duomo. The architecture throughout the city is an example of the brilliant blend of different historical styles that have been modernised through the years.
If you want to mingle with the locals, take a stroll through one of the centrally-located open-air street markets or go for a walk through the long via Etnea - Catania’s main-street - which cuts the city in half and abounds with shops, bars, restaurants, and churches.
Graced by the astounding view of Mount Etna, Catania offers an incredible varied coastline – from the sandy beaches of the Playa, to the long coastline of black lava cliffs of Scogliera, to the gravel pebbles of the nearby Fondachello, one the most popular beaches on the east coast of Sicily.
Lovers of the great outdoors can take surfing lessons or learn to kayak, which would make your 2018 holiday in Catania a wonderful destination to start a new hobby under the sun!
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