Catania

Italy

The hottest summer in Italy!

Catania is the second largest city in Sicily, after Palermo, and among the ten largest cities in Italy.

The city has been devastated several times by volcanic eruptions from nearby Mount Etna, the most violent of which was in 1669 and it suffered through another severely damaging earthquake in 1693.

However, it is also noted for its history, culture, architecture, and gastronomy. The section of the city known as the “old town” features some of the most striking examples of baroque architecture in Italy, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It has hot summers, one of the hottest in the whole country of Italy, winters are mild with chilly nights.

Food is an important part of Catania’s culture and way of life. Local cuisine emphasizes several traits of Sicilian one, whilst developing some of its own.

Street food is one of the best ways to experience traditional dishes. 

Arancini are perhaps the city’s most iconic one: they are stuffed rice balls coated in bread-crumbs and deep fried; in Catania, they are shaped like a cone to remind of Mount Etna. Typical specialties from the city include cipollina (puff pastry with onion, tomato and prosciutto filling), bolognese (a small pizza topped with tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto and boiled egg and covered in puff pastry), crispelle (deep fried dough balls with ricotta or anchovies filling.)

Fire, water, and light meet, mingle and intertwine to give the visitor a unique spectacle.

See & Do

Catania, a city founded by the Greeks in 729 BC, has a history rich in cultural heritage from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Swabian, Angevin, Aragonese, Spanish eras that you will find in its beautiful monuments.

Food & Restaurants

authenticity of the place, quality of food, value for money will help you Find and book your perfect restaurant in Catania.

Accommodation

The province of Catania is a hospitable land, full of accommodation capable of meeting the needs of every tourist.

Contact

Municipality of Catania
email
comune.catania@pec.it
address
Piazza Duomo, Catania
phone
+39 095 742 1111