Catania is a beautiful city which has many lovely, cultural sights. Pay a visit to Piazza del Duomo which has become a UNESCO world heritage, the Museo Civico Belliniano or if you prefer being out in the nature take a bus to Etna, Europe´s largest active volcano.
In the heart of Catania, Piazza del Duomo, encircled by impressive Baroque buildings, recently became a UNESCO world heritage site. In the middle of the square is Fontana dell’Elefante, Catania’s most famous monument – the lava stone Elephant Fountain.
Piazza del Duomo is also home to Basilica Cattedrale Sant’Agatal. Behind the marble walls is the final resting place of the city’s patron saint, Agata. Every February processions are held in her honour.
The small town of Caltagirone, located 42 miles from Catania, is at the heart of Sicily’s ceramic handicraft tradition. The town also offers beautiful architecture, so do not miss the richly decorated walls of the Scala dei Santa Maria steps. Along the stairs there are old, historic buildings.
Sicily’s most famous composer is Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), who was born in Catania. His operas like ’Norma’, ’La Straniera’ and ’Sonnambula’ are famous all over the world. The museum honouring Vincenzo Bellini, Museo Cicico Belliniani, is claimed to be one of the nicest in Catania.
At Via Vittoria Emanuele you will find Catania’s best kept ruins from Roman times. The Roman Theatre, including gladiator tunnels and the circular auditorium Odeon lie next to each other, surrounded by other buildings.
Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, stands about 3,330 metres high between Catania and Taormina. It erupts regularly, most recently in 2012, and since 2002 visitors are not allowed to climb to the top of any of its four craters. Regular buses depart for Etna from Catania.
Sicily played an important role in the liberation from the German occupation during World War II. This museum, the Historical Museum of the Landing in Sicily 1943, displays memories and history from that time, and often leaves its visitors emotionally concerned.
The Monastero San Benedetto, situated in via Crociferi –heritage of Unesco – is symbol of Catania. It’s identifiable by the arch which unites the Monastery’s main abbey and the Church of Saint Benedict – one of the beautiful baroque churches in Sicily – to the little abbey, wherein the MacS has its place.