Catania is a city rich in flavor, culture and the sea, with all these all donated by mother nature. This city is culturally known to make people who decide to visit this land of many facets feel at ease. You can take an excursion to Mount Etna, the multi-faceted beaches, the fish market near the fountain dell’Ameano, a few steps from the Cattedrale di Sant’Agata… Also do not forget to try the most delicious traditional desserts (cannoli and cassata) to complete your experience! Is it possible to visit Catania for a few days but see as much as possible? Read on to find out!
A new day in Catania
If you are in Catania as a first step, the sea is a must, so go to Simeto Alcantara as it has 70 km of coastline, through the Serra del Re in Nebrodis. The Media Valle del Simeto is one of the most famous Sicilian settlements and here you can take beautiful walks where you can admire the rich fauna and a unique path that you can follow. A quaint place and to stay in contact with wild nature.
If you like nature and you are not afraid of climbing, Mount Etna is suitable for you. Spectacular and distinctive, it is not only one of the most famous volcanoes in Italy, but also for the park that lies on its slopes.
Dawn on Mount Etna
It is important to give due weight to the story, as well as culture and art, so you can make this a trip to discover the artistic side of this fascinating city! As a starting point of your journey is the Cattedrale di Sant’Agata, full of Baroque art and it is just a few steps from the Obelisk with the elephant, a must-see in the city. After that, a bit refreshment near a fountain is what you need, so head for Fontana dell’Ameano. A fountain of the 800 that is spectacular and harmonica at the same time.
La Cattedrale di Sant’Agata
If you want to soak up some history on the other hand, the Etna street is the place for you! You can immerse yourself in the oldest part of the city, with the Bellini garden that is full of statues. Catania and Sicily in general is an intersection of different cultures and histories of peoples who have dominated the area. This means you can pay a visit to the Greek Theatre, dating from the first century AD. built entirely of marble and lava stone that still remains one of the favorite destinations of tourists.
The ancient Greek and Roman Theatre
Finally, a visit to the ruins of the underground Catania is a good way to end your journey in the city. The city that dates back to the 500 has remained intact since it was buried, but not forgotten. You can access it from Roman Amphitheatre in Stesichorus Square. Something special for those who love folklore, is the museum of the Sicilian cart.
Roman Amphitheatre in Stesichorus Square
Catania photos by: simone di dio, luigi strano, angelo miceli, ray., james van arsdale III
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By +Nikos Kontorigas