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THE EXPLOSIVE

Short trip to Catania, among Etna and baroque elegance

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Travel type Weekend
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Suggested nights 2 Nights
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Paesi Italy
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The best period is March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November You can travel also in January, February, December
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Experience type With friends, Solo, Family Holidays, Seaside, History and Culture, Big Cities
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Catania is the most youthful and lively Sicilian city, as dynamic and active as the volcano that dominates it, her majesty Etna. From popular, colourful, chaotic markets to the baroque elegance of its architecture, it is a destination full of contrasts ready to surprise you. Keep reading

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Catania welcomes you with "O Liotru", the statue of the elephant symbol of the city that dominates Piazza del Duomo. Look around and admire Palazzo degli Elefanti, Palazzo dei Clierici and the Cathedral, which despite the numerous destructions and reconstructions continues to be the heart of all the people of Catania. Via Etnea starts from the square, the most important and chaotic of the city, flanked by palaces that show the beauty of Sicilian Baroque. But what would a trip to Catania be without an excursion to its king, Etna? Put on your hiking boots and discover the Valle del Bove and the over 100 caves used since ancient times as sacred places and shelters.

The cathedral of Sant'Agata
The Etna volcano
The Ancient Theater
The via Etnea

Catania

Between "volcanic" buildings and protective elephants

A city halfway between the Volcano Etna and the sea: this is Catania, a Sicilian jewel entirely to be discovered. Stroll through the historic centre full of monuments built in lava stone, and admire the elephant statue in Piazza Duomo, considered the symbol and protector of Etna's eruptions. Visit the Palazzo degli Elefanti and the Church of Sant'Agata, the Cathedral of Catania where Vincenzo Bellini is buried, and indulge in some shopping in Via Etnea.

  • Discover the fascinating Cathedral of Sant'Agata
  • Don't miss the Pescheria, the ancient fish market
  • Walk along Via Etnea, the main street of the city
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