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Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Sicily  /  Province of Catania  /  Catania
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Things to do: nature, historic sites, sightseeing

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. With a history reaching back almost three millennia, Catania is a major transportation hub, economic center, and a university city with a busy downtown and an active nightlife. Explore the Baroque architecture in its central area, which is a World Heritage Site. The devastating earthquake of 1693 destroyed most of Catania, and the town had to be rebuilt from scratch. One side of Catania looks out to the sea; the other features fertile country with a patchwork of citrus groves and vineyards. Plan your trip to Catania and other Italy destinations using our handy Italy tour planner.
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Where to stay in Catania

Experience the charms of Sicily at your own pace by booking your stay at a private cottage or luxury villa in Catania. Family-owned cottages offer easy access to some of Sicily's finest beaches, while Catania's self-catering villas often feature sprawling yards and private swimming pools. To experience Sicilian nature and authentic way of life, consider staying at a working farm just outside Catania's city limits. A low-cost alternative, farms and B&Bs spread around the countryside offer comfortable rooms and excellent local food, just a short drive from the busy city center.
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