Catania

The main city of Sicily's east coast, in the shadows of Mt. Etna, doesn't invite lingering

Why Catania?

Catania has been around since the Sikel days, and did time as a Greek and a Roman provincial capital.

However, today it's a big industrial city of few charms but a lot of tourist traffic—often the easiest way to get from point A to point B in eastern Sicily is to go through Catania.

Catania's lackluster modernity is thanks mainly to its big, bad neighbor Mt. Etna, the worst of whose periodic eruptions have destroyed the city on several occasions.

There's no compelling reason to visit Catania on purpose, really—though there are some sights to keep you occupied when you're passing through.

However, if you find yourself stuck in town or routing yourself through (several low-cost airlines fly in to the Catania airport, which is far more convenient than Palermo for getting to Siracusa or Taormina), here are the details of the many rail and bus connections, plus a few sights to pass the time.

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Catania tourist office
Largo Paisiello 5 (take Via Pacini off Via Etnea)
tel. +39-095-730-6211
www.apt-catania.com

Provincial tourism:
turismo.provincia.ct.it

Train Station
Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Catania
tel. +39-095-093-7024

Palazzo Minoriti
Via Etnea 62–65
tel. +39-095-401-4070

Airport Fontanarossa "Vincenzo Bellini"
tel. +39-095-093-7023

Train station office
tel. +39-095-730-6255

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Catania is about halfway down Sicily's eastern shore on the A18 highway, and is the transportation hub for eastern Sicily. Catania is 54km (33 miles) south of Taormina, 72km (45 miles) north of Siracusa, and 97km (60 miles) south of Messina. The best way to get there from elsewhere in Italy is by plane; the best way to get there from within Sicily is by train. » more

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Catania tourist office
Largo Paisiello 5 (take Via Pacini off Via Etnea)
tel. +39-095-730-6211
www.apt-catania.com

Provincial tourism:
turismo.provincia.ct.it

Train Station
Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Catania
tel. +39-095-093-7024

Palazzo Minoriti
Via Etnea 62–65
tel. +39-095-401-4070

Airport Fontanarossa "Vincenzo Bellini"
tel. +39-095-093-7023

Train station office
tel. +39-095-730-6255

Hotels in Catania
www.booking.com
www.venere.com
www.airbnb.com
www.bedandbreakfast.com
www.hostelworld.com

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