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.
Piazza del Duomo, encircled by impressive Baroque buildings in the heart of Catania, 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 the elaborate Baroque Basilica Cattedrale Sant’Agata (or simply the Catania Cathedral). Behind the marble walls is the final resting place of the city’s patron saint, Agata. Every February processions are held in her honour.
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 residential buildings dating to later centuries.
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 (hiking up is allowed). Regular buses depart for Etna from Catania.
Come here for a stroll in the beautiful surroundings or a guided tour. Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena (16th century Monastero dei Benedettini) is one of the biggest Benedictine monasteries in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it hosts a part of the University of Catania.
Teatro Massimo Bellini is the musical heart of Catania. Different types of high-class performances are held here continuously and the theatre is well-visited. If you don't find anything that speaks to you but still want to see the insides of the over a century old building, join a guided tour.
9 kilometres north of Catania, on the coastline, the small and picturesque town of Aci Castello is located. The castle, which you cannot miss while you are here, was built by the Normans in 1076. Today, a museum is in operation for those interested in its history. The town also offers breathtaking views over the sea and its surrounding area with beaches.