The home of Mount Etna
Catania is shaped by Sicily’s stunning natural features that include spectacular sandy beaches, rocky coastlines and Mount Etna, which also happens to be Europe’s most active volcano. The historic port city is a sight in itself. Partially destroyed by earthquakes and rebuilt in the baroque style, impressive palazzi, the amphitheatre, the Catania fish market and many street food stalls dominate the cityscape today.
The island of Sicily offers countless exciting places, such as Palermo and Marsala, and delightful beaches to explore. Sicily’s climate is ideally suited for beach holidays in the summer and more adventurous travel during the mild winter months.
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Edelweiss tips for Catania (Sicily)
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Sightseeing in your Sicily holidays
The “Fontana dell’Elefante”, a fountain that features an elephant, and the amphitheatre of Catania are landmarks of the city. The latter takes its visitors back to the Roman Empire. View in maps
The most beautiful beaches of Catania: the rocky coasts of Santa Tecla or Aci Trezza where you can find the legendary Isole dei Ciclopi, the Cyclopean Islands. The sandy beach Playa di Catania is also very popular. View in maps
The biggest attraction of Catania is Etna. Whoever hikes it, hears and feels it. And with a bit of luck you will see it spewing lava. You can even ski on it! View in maps
Taormina, the "Saint-Tropez of Sicily", is situated on a hill right by the sea. The picturesque little town offers a magnificent view, a luxurious shopping mile and a legendary nightlife. View in maps