Catania Italy is located on the beautiful island of Sicily in the southern part of the country. It is the second largest city on the entire island, the first being Palermo. Catania is situated on the east coast and faces the Ionian Sea. Catania is one of the ten largest cities in Italy and has a population of approximately 320,000. Catania has had a tragic history and was virtually decimated by numerous earthquakes, including those in both 1169 and 1693. In 1669 it was destroyed by close by Mount Etna. In total, Catania has been destroyed by erupting volcanos seventeen times that have been documented in historical records.
Catania is very well persevered and withstood the stress of time. In 1434, the first university was established in the city, and today it remains a cultural and historical icon. The old town has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there is much to see and do in Catania. Let’s explore your options for this island city.
There are so many historical landmarks to visit in Catania; it is difficult to name just a few. There is a Greek-Roman theatre, a Roman aqueduct and several Roman baths. Some of the notable churches include The Cathedral, Saint Agatha Abbey and the Church of San Giuseppe al Duomo. Other notable sites in Catania are the Ursino Castle, the Palace of the Elephants and the Uzeda Gate.
If outdoor spaces and volcanos are a must see on your trip, Catania won’t disappoint. With its close location to Mount Etna, there are several types of tours that you can book to see this natural wonder. Perhaps, you might want to consider a tour of the Mount Etna crater and summit. Many excursions have guides that are experts in the geography and history of this area. Tours like this will take you on a two-hour hike to the crater summit. Most tours provide breaks along the way and lots of opportunities to photograph the magnificent lava fields and stunning lunar landscape on this journey. A great way to spend a day of your Italian vacation.
Catania Italy has a whole host of natural wonders, an active volcano and countless historical landmarks to visit. Book a trip or tour here and discover all that this magnificent city has to offer. Have a wonderful vacation!