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Catania is the second largest city of Sicily after Palermo located on the east coast facing the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the Metropolitan City of Catania, one of the ten biggest cities in Italy, and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy. The population of the city proper is 320,000 while the population of the city's metropolitan area, Metropolitan City of Catania, stood at 1,116,168 inhabitants. Catania was destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169 and 1693, and by several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna, the most violent of which was in 1669.

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Ursino Castle

Piazza Federico II di Svevia 1, 95121 Catania, Italy
Castello Ursino, also known as Castello Svevo di Catania, is a castle in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It was built in the 13th century as a royal castle of the Kingdom of Sicily, and is mostly known for its role in the Sicilian Vespers, when it became the seat of the Sicilian Parliament. The castle is in good condition today, and it is open to the public as a museum.
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Benedictine Monastery of Catania

Via Crociferi 11, 95124 Catania, Italy
Inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, this monastery is a must-see! Visit the church, ancient Roman house and the museum of art, too.
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Giovanni Verga House

8 Via Sant'Anna
This charming little museum is dedicated to the life and work of the Sicilian poet Giovanni Verga.
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Bellini Museum

Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi, 3, Catania, Italia
This museum is dedicated to the composer Vincenzo Bellini.
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Sports

Angelo Massimino Stadium

Stadio Angelo Massimino is a multi-use stadium in Catania, Italy. It is used mostly for football matches and the home of Calcio Catania. The stadium was built in 1935 by architect Raffaele Leone on behalf of the company owned by the engineer Antonio Ferro and holds 20,266. It was renamed in 2002 after former Catania chairman Angelo Massimino. Catania was banned from playing any Serie A matches inside the stadium from 14 February 2007 until 30 June 2007. This was due to the violence that occurred on 2 February 2007 outside the stadium in the clash against Palermo which resulted in the death of a Police Officer.
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PalaCatania

PalaCatania is an indoor sports arena, located in Catania, Italy. The capacity of the arena is 5,000 spectators. It has hosted some matches of the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship.
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Going Out

Massimo Bellini Theatre

12 Via Giuseppe Perotta
The Teatro Massimo Bellini is an opera house in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. Named after the local-born composer Vincenzo Bellini, it was inaugurated on 31 May 1890 with a performance of the composer's masterwork, Norma. It seats 1,200.
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Hiking

Bellini Garden

Via Etnea, 292, Catania 95131, Italy
The Giardino Bellini is the oldest urban park of Catania. It occupies 70.942 m².
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Botanical Garden

Via Antonino Longo, 19, 95125 Catania CT, Italy
The Orto Botanico dell'Università di Catania, also known as the Hortus Botanicus Catinensis, is a botanical garden in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It is operated by the University of Catania botany department. This institution is a member of BGCI, with international identification code CAT.
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Circumetnea Railway

Via Caronda 352A, 95128 Catania, Italy
The Ferrovia Circumetnea is a narrow-gauge, 950 mm, regional railway line in Sicily. It was constructed between 1889 and 1895. As the name suggests, the 110-kilometre line follows a route which almost completely encircles the Mount Etna volcano. From its terminal in Catania the line starts off westward and loops around Mount Etna in a clockwise direction, eventually reaching the other terminal at the seaside town of Riposto, approximately 28 kilometres northeast of Catania. The original terminal was at Catania Porto, although Catania Central was the last stop for the trains. However, in the 1990s the section from there to Catania Borgo was converted to
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Castello Ursino

Castello Ursino, also known as Castello Svevo di Catania, is a castle in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It was built in the 13th century as a royal castle of the Kingdom of Sicily, and is mostly known for its role in the Sicilian Vespers, when it became the seat of the Sicilian Parliament. The castle is in good condition today, and it is open to the public as a museum.
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Relaxing

Giardino Bellini

The Giardino Bellini is the oldest urban park of Catania. It occupies 70.942 m².
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Shopping

Via Etnea Catania

Via Etnea, 95125 Catania, Italy
The main shopping artery of Catania. You'll find plenty of boutiqes and top-notch fashion shops here.
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Sightseeing

Catania Cathedral

Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 163 95131 Catania , Italia
Catania Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Agatha, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It was the seat of the Bishops of Catania until 1859, when the diocese was elevated to an archdiocese, and since then has been the seat of the Archbishops of Catania.
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Roman Amphitheater

The Roman Amphitheatre of Catania was an imposing structure built in the Roman Imperial period, probably in the 2nd century AD, on the northern edge of the ancient city at the base of the Montevergine hill. Only a small section of the structure is now visible, below ground level, to the north of Piazza Stesicoro. This area is now the historic centre of the city, but was then on the outskirts of the ancient town and also occupied by the necropoleis of Catania. The structure is part of the Parco archeologico greco-romano di Catania.
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Biscari Palace

Via Museo Biscari 16, 95131 Catania, Italy
Palazzo Biscari is a private palace in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It was built by will of the Paternò Castello family, the princes of Biscari, starting from the late 17th century, lasting for much of the following century, after the devastations of the 11 January 1693 earthquake. The new palace was built directly against the city walls, which had partially withstood the earthquake. The oldest section was built under Ignazio, third prince of Biscari, who entrusted the project to architect Alonzo Di Benedetto. Ignazio's son, Vincenzo, commissioned the decoration of the seven large windows facing the seaside, by the Messinese sculptor Antonino Amato. Later the palace was modified under the fourth Prince, Ignazio Paternò Castello, who had it enlarged eastwards under design by Giuseppe Palazzotto and, later, by Francesco Battaglia. The building was finished in 1763 and inaugurated with big celebrations.
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Basilica della Collegiata

Via Etnea, 3, 95124 Catania CT, Italy
The Basilica della Collegiata is a church in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. Finished in 1768, it is an example of Sicilian Baroque. The church was built in the early 18th century, after the earthquake of 1693 that had destroyed most of the city.
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Palazzo degli Elefanti

Palazzo degli Elefanti is a historical building in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It currently houses the city's Town Hall. The palace, located on the northern side of the Cathedral square, was begun in 1696 after the devastating earthquake of 1693, its original designed having been commissioned to Giovan Battista Longobardo. The eastern, southern, and western façades were however designed at a later stage by Giovan Battista Vaccarini, while the northern one was by Carmelo Battaglia. The staircase opening to the inner court with four porticoes was added in the late 18th century by Stefano Ittar. In the second floor are paintings by the Sicilian artist Giuseppe Sciuti.
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Palazzo Biscari

Palazzo Biscari is a private palace in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It was built by will of the Paternò Castello family, the princes of Biscari, starting from the late 17th century, lasting for much of the following century, after the devastations of the 11 January 1693 earthquake. The new palace was built directly against the city walls, which had partially withstood the earthquake. The oldest section was built under Ignazio, third prince of Biscari, who entrusted the project to architect Alonzo Di Benedetto. Ignazio's son, Vincenzo, commissioned the decoration of the seven large windows facing the seaside, by the Messinese sculptor Antonino Amato. Later the palace was modified under the fourth Prince, Ignazio Paternò Castello, who had it enlarged eastwards under design by Giuseppe Palazzotto and, later, by Francesco Battaglia. The building was finished in 1763 and inaugurated with big celebrations.
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Traveling

Catania-Fontanarossa Airport

Catania-Fontanarossa Airport SAC - Aeroporto 95121 Catania Italy
Catania–Fontanarossa Airport also named as Vincenzo Bellini Airport, is an international airport 2.3 NM southwest of Catania, the second largest city on the Italian island of Sicily. It is named after the opera composer Vincenzo Bellini who was born in Catania. It is the busiest airport in Sicily and the 6th busiest in Italy with 9.120.913 passengers in 2017. Major airlines such as Alitalia, Lufthansa and KLM offer services here and connect numerous European destinations such as Rome, Munich, Amsterdam and Berlin, while low cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair offer flights to leisure destinations.
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Catania Central Railway Station

2 Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII, 95129, Acireale, IT
Catania Centrale is the main railway station of the Italian city of Catania, in Sicily. Along with Palermo Centrale, Messina Centrale and Syracuse it is one of the most important stations of its region. It is managed by the Ferrovie dello Stato, the national rail company of Italy.
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Galatea metro station

Galatea metro station is located in Catania in Sicily, southern Italy. It is served by the Catania Metro and it was opened the 11th of July 1999. It serves the urban zone of piazza Galatea, viale Jonio, via Pasubio and surroundings and actually is the 4th station of the Borgo-Porto line. It is the 8th station of the Nesima-Stesicoro line. It is located at 500m from the seafront.
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Galatea metro station

Galatea metro station is located in Catania in Sicily, southern Italy. It is served by the Catania Metro and it was opened the 11th of July 1999. It serves the urban zone of piazza Galatea, viale Jonio, via Pasubio and surroundings and actually is the 4th station of the Borgo-Porto line. It is the 8th station of the Nesima-Stesicoro line. It is located at 500m from the seafront.
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Porto metro station

Porto metro station is located in Catania in Sicily, southern Italy. It is served by the Catania Metro. Due to the extension of the metro towards Piazza Stesicoro, the station is temporarily closed.
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Porto metro station

Porto metro station is located in Catania in Sicily, southern Italy. It is served by the Catania Metro. Due to the extension of the metro towards Piazza Stesicoro, the station is temporarily closed.
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Porto metro station

Porto metro station is located in Catania in Sicily, southern Italy. It is served by the Catania Metro. Due to the extension of the metro towards Piazza Stesicoro, the station is temporarily closed.
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Catania Centrale railway station

2 Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII, 95129, Catania, IT
Catania Centrale is the main railway station of the Italian city of Catania, in Sicily. Along with Palermo Centrale, Messina Centrale and Syracuse it is one of the most important stations of its region. It is managed by the Ferrovie dello Stato, the national rail company of Italy.
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Hotels

Hotel Borgo Verde

5-R Via San Nullo, 95123, Catania

Katane Palace Hotel

110 Via Camillo Finocchiaro Aprile

San Max

329 Via Etnea

Hotel Novecento

37 Via Monsignor Ventimiglia

Hostel Rooms Catania

10 Via Minoriti

Hotel Gresi

28 Via Giovanni Pacini

Hotel Sofia

Costa del Sole Hotel Residence