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Welcome to Catania

Gritty and grand, Catania’s reputation as little more than a convenient transport hub for eastern Sicily underplays the city’s UNESCO-listed old town, home to a heady mix of baroque architecture and bustling street life. Marvel at the magnificent Piazza del Duomo, dive into the fray at La Pescheria market, and tuck into a heaping dish of pasta alla Norma before abandoning this vibrant city to explore Mount Etna’s lunar landscape and lush wineries or the historic towns of Taormina and Syracuse farther south along the coast.

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Gambino Winery (Vini Gambino)

Gambino Winery (Vini Gambino)

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Set at the foot of Mt. Etna, the lush vineyards of the Gambino Winery are testament to the fertile volcanic soil this rumbling peak has created over millennia. The mountain’s unique terroir comes through in the area’s wines, and you can sample a variety at the winery while admiring the sweeping views across the Sicilian countryside.More
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Piazza Duomo

Piazza Duomo

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Piazza Duomo is both a jewel of the Sicilian baroque and the vibrant heart of Catania. Home to some of the city’s most sumptuous architectural treasures, including Palazzo degli Elefanti, the Cathedral di Sant’Agata (Duomo), and the Fontana dell’Elefante, this square is a highlight of Catania city tours.More
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Villa Bellini

Villa Bellini

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Considered one of Italy’s most exquisite public gardens, Villa Bellini has a vast expanse of greenery laced with scenic walkways and dotted with pavilions, flower gardens, and hilltop viewpoints over Catania and Mount Etna. Located at the top of bustling Via Etnea, this public garden is a serene respite from the urban chaos and a city highlight.More
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Via Etnea

Via Etnea

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Taking its name from Mount Etna, the imposing volcano that looms over the city, Via Etnea is one of Catania’s most important thoroughfares, lined with shops, restaurants, and cafés. A lively destination both day and night, Via Etnea connects two of the city’s top attractions—Piazza Duomo and Villa Bellini.More
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Via Crociferi (Via dei Crociferi)

Via Crociferi (Via dei Crociferi)

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With its baroque palazzi, worn paving stones, and theatrical staircases, Via Crociferi is unabashedly photogenic, so much so that it is often used as a scenic backdrop in Italian films. Walking the length of this thoroughfare is like taking a stroll through Catania’s history, from ancient Rome to the Renaissance.More
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Ursino Castle (Castello di Ursino)

Ursino Castle (Castello di Ursino)

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Catania is best known for its Sicilian baroque architecture, but one of the most important attractions in the city actually dates from centuries earlier: the formidable 13th-century Ursino Castle (Castello di Ursino). Built by Emperor Frederick II, it now houses an impressive collection of art and artifacts in the Museo Civico (Civic Museum).More
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Massimo Bellini Opera House (Teatro Massimo Bellini)

Massimo Bellini Opera House (Teatro Massimo Bellini)

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Considered one of Italy’s most magnificent opera houses, the grand Teatro Massimo Bellini dazzles with its imposing Sicilian baroque-style façade and opulent interiors. Admire its fin de siècle beauty during an opera or concert in the evening, or join a tour during the day to see its ornate marble foyer and 19th-century boxes.More
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Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena (Monastero Benedettini di San Nicolò l'Arena)

Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena (Monastero Benedettini di San Nicolò l'Arena)

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One of Europe’s largest Benedictine monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Catania’s Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena (Monastero Benedettini di San Nicolò l'Arena), is among the city’s top attractions. The stunning monastery was founded in 1558 but almost completely rebuilt in the baroque style following an earthquake in the 18th century.More
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Catania Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico Greco-Romano di Catania)

Catania Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico Greco-Romano di Catania)

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Despite being repeatedly ravaged by Mount Etna’s eruptions since its founding, Catania retains traces of its long Greek and Roman history, most notably the ancient theaters of the Catania Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico Greco-Romano di Catania). The most important ruins in the city, these remarkably preserved theaters are a must-visit for archaeology buffs.More
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San Benedetto Church (Chiesa San Benedetto)

San Benedetto Church (Chiesa San Benedetto)

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Known as the “Sicilian Sistine Chapel,” this baroque church on Catania’s photogenic Via Crociferi is home to dazzling frescoes by the 18th-century painter Giovanni Tuccari, sumptuous stuccoes, a lavish choir loft, and an ornate marble altar. Don’t miss theScalinata dell’Angelo, a stone staircase decorated with statues of angels.More

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