Top attractions in Catania
10 Things to do In Catania
The Renaissance certainly flourished in Catania, a city on the eastern coast of Sicily. Come to enjoy the grapes from vines fertilized by volcanic dust and stay to sample both the Greek and Roman influence in this coastal city.
1. Mount Etna
What can compare to the thrill of visiting an active volcano? Perhaps knowing that Mount Etna is also the tallest active volcano on the entire European continent should spice up your visit.
2. Castello Ursino
This thirteenth century castle will take your breath away. It was built for the Kingdom of Sicily, back when Sicily was a kingdom and today houses a museum open to the public.
3. Catania Cathedral
The Catania Cathedral has been shaken to its very foundation several times thanks to dear old volcano Mount Etna. Still, humans persevered and kept rebuilding the cathedral. Behold the Baroque style of the structure with your own eyes.
4. San Benedetto, Catania
Marvel at intricate frescoes on your visit to San Benedetto, a beautiful monastery. You'll be pleased to learn that San Benedetto even offers audio guides in multiple languages for visitors.
5. Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania
Tickets to the theater aren't necessary if you're cruising by to see the stunning architecture of this opera house. The 200 years it took to complete the Teatro Massimo Bellini were well worth the effort.
6. Basilica della Collegiata
A pristine example of Sicilian Baroque architecture, the Basilica della Collegiata was built in the 18th century following the destruction caused by the earthquake of 1693.
7. Palazzo degli Elefanti
Only in Italy would government bureaucracy decide to make the City Town Hall inside a palace. After you tour the Palazzo continue exploring Cathedral Square. The palace is located on the northern side of the square.
8. Roman Amphitheater
The amphitheater in Catania is only a bit smaller than the Colosseum in Rome and can hold up to 16,000 visitors. Inside you can explore the nooks and crannies of a historic Roman amphitheater.
9. Monastero dei Benedettini
Any trip to Catania would be incomplete without a stop at the Monastero dei Benedettini. The Monastery offers a variety of guided tours and it is possible for visitors to see the faculty library, Diocesan museum, and more.
10. Piazza Duomo
Located in one of the main squares in Catania, the Piazza Duomo is famous for the elephant statue, the Lenzulo fountain, and of course the Duomo. Climb up to the top of the Duomo to look over the whole city.
Planning Your Visit
How to Get Around in Catania
You can take your pick of trains, buses and even boats when you're traversing Catania. Of course, its always fun to roam around on foot too, and take in more sights. The transportation network is sometimes slow but functional. Make sure to validate your bus ticket as inspectors sometimes check tickets in transit.
Where to stay in Catania
Stay near the Piazza Duomo for easy access to the center city and a scenic evening stroll home. You can choose from a variety of hotels in the area, no matter what your budget.
What is the weather like in Catania?
Though temperatures never go below zero in Catania, for the full experience of this charming Sicilian town, we recommend you visit between the months of May and October. The hottest months are July and August but temperatures don't exceed the mid 80s.
Good to know
- Sicilian and Italian
- Euro (€)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+02:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- The best time to visit Catania is in the summer time. The warmer months are the perfect backdrop for sightseeing, tasting local cuisine, and enjoying the Sicilian landscape.
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What people are saying about Catania
Eduardo was an excellent guide, answered every question, adapted the pace and experience for even the weakest hikers of the group. We have booked the tour because it was recommended and it did not disappoint. Although it was changed but that’s what you have to keep in mind when hiking on an active volcano. To sum up, we had a blast hiked a lot and finished we a race down the hills!
Amazing experience, knowing a place full of history and emotion! Our guide Luigi was amazing, detailing every event that took place. Don't forget to bring a coat, because even in the summer it's cold up there!!! Our guide Luigi was wonderful, friend and has immense knowledge that we thank him for sharing with us.
A truly great experience to get to know a true Sicilian wonder, Mount Etna! great insights and knowledge provided from the guide, and a great hiking experience, with the chance to drink some Moscato and eat typical Sicilian almond cookies!
It was very nice that we got picked up and dropped off at our B&B. The tour was very fun and educational. It was amazing to see the Etna. The tourguide Simone was very good! He gave a lot of interesting info about the area.
Great! Very fascinating spectacle and Alessio, our guide, was super friendly and super informative. All three of us are totally happy with the outcome of this mini trip.