The second-largest city in Sicily (after Palermo). The metropolitan area has a population of over 1 million people. It is the industrial and commercial centre of Sicily. Its Fontana Rossa Airport is the largest in Southern Italy.
Catania was founded in the 8th century BC by Greek settlers and was almost completely destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1169.
The city has been devastated several times by volcanic eruptions from nearby Mount Etna, and it was severely damaged by the 1693 earthquake.
The historic centre or Old Town features some of the most striking examples of baroque architecture in Italy and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Food is an important part of the locals’ culture and way of life. Local cuisine emphasizes several traits of Sicilian one, whilst developing some of its own. Take one of our street food tours or gourmet tours to experience Catania’s traditional dishes
This is the ideal base to plan a trip to Mt Etna.