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About Catania

Catania is one of Sicily’s nine provinces. It is bordered by Taormina to the north, Augusta to the south, Bronte, Adrano and Misterbianco to the west, and the Ionian Sea in the east. The provincial capital of Catania was founded at the base of the volcano Etna in 729. It was one of the first Greek colonies on the island.

Like other Sicilian cities, it has been heavily influenced by its rulers – Romans, Arabs, and Normans to name a few. The largest impact came from its neighbour, the volcano Etna - when it erupted in 1669 it devastated the city and killed 12,000 inhabitants. Catania was rebuilt in the Baroque style preserved to this day, complete with large boulevards and squares.

Over the last few years, tourism has become one of the biggest sources of revenue. With the sixth largest airport in Italy, Catania is a natural hub for tourists travelling to the island’s east coast. It is easy to take day trips from here to the spectacular Mount Etna, to the ceramics centre of Caltagirone, and to the picturesque mountain villages like Randozza and Linguaglossa. There is also Sicily’s most glamorous tourist town, the Roman city of Taormina with its medieval city centre, where D.H. Lawrence wrote "Lady Chatterley’s Lover."

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Public Transport

A rental car is the best way to explore Sicily. The road network is well maintained, especially the toll roads (autostrade). To drive in the city of Catania can be quite tricky though. A majority of the city centre is for pedestrians and parking lots are difficult to find.

An alternative to driving, is travelling by train to Messina, Syracuse, Palermo and other cities from the station at Piazza Giovanni XXIII.

A cheaper mode of transport is the bus, which depart from the depot at Via d’Amico close to the train station. To get around in the city, the company AMT serves a number of lines. Bus tickets must be validated upon entering the bus (get them punched in the orange machine on board).


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City connections


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BCN Spain, Spanish State


BRI Italy, Italian Republic

Berlin - Tegel

TXL Germany


BHX United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland


BRU Belgium, Kingdom of

Bucharest Otopeni

OTP Romania


CLJ Romania


CND Romania

Copenhagen Airport

CPH Denmark, Kingdom of


DUB Ireland


GLA United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland


HAM Germany

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

HEL Finland, Republic of


IBZ Spain, Spanish State


CGN Germany

Lamezia Terrme

SUF Italy, Italian Republic


LCA Cyprus, Republic of


LIS Portugal, Portuguese Republic


LPL United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland


LTN United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland


LYS France, French Republic


MAD Spain, Spanish State


AGP Spain, Spanish State

Milano - Linate

LIN Italy, Italian Republic


NCE France, French Republic

Palma de Mallorca

PMI Spain, Spanish State

Paris - Beauvais

BVA France, French Republic


FCO Italy, Italian Republic

Sevilla Airport

SVQ Spain, Spanish State


ARN Sweden, Kingdom of


STR Germany

Tel Aviv - Ben Gurion

TLV Israel, State of

Torino - Caselle

TRN Italy, Italian Republic


VLC Spain, Spanish State