Compare holidays to Catania, and visit an ancient port city on the pretty east coast of Sicily. Lying at the foot of the majestic Mount Etna and with a wonderful historic centre to explore, there’s lots to enjoy as you delve into holidays to Catania from Manchester.
Catania’s history dates back almost three centuries, and the presence of various cultures including the Greeks, Romans and Spanish has influenced the city we see today. Take a look at our holidays to Catania and look forward to visiting this vibrant destination.
Despite being the second largest city in Sicily, Catania retains an intimacy that’s focussed on its compact centre and old town area. The city centre lends itself to a good stroll around, often proving more appealing to visitors than getting around with public transport.
The lively Piazza del Duomo is a central hub of the city, and plays host to the 17th century Elephant Fountain, the symbol of the city. Main shopping avenue Via Etnea runs north from here, and remains busy throughout the day and evening, providing plenty of opportunities for a wander, a spot of retail therapy, or a bite to eat and a drink.
Every morning, except for Sundays, there are two great markets in this vicinity - just off Piazza del Duomo there’s a large fish market and off Via Etnea you’ll find a buzzing food and clothes market. Piazza Teatro houses the 19th century opera house, Teatro Massimo, and is a popular place for the younger generation to meet in the evenings, while Piazza Stesicoro is the original centre of the city; here you’ll discover the ruins of Catania’s Roman amphitheatre.
The biggest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna is a short journey from the city centre, which can be easily done with public transport. There’s plenty of companies offering tours of the volcano, while those looking to soak up some rays should head to the city’s long, sandy beach - La Plaja - where there’s a wide range of beach bars to get fed and watered.