Catania (originally Katane) is an ancient city of Greek origin located in eastern Sicily at the foot of Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe. The city is rich in history, art, nature and entertainment, and offers countless attractions for all types of visitors.
In the historic center you can see the famous elephant fountain, the cathedral of Sant’Agata, under it the famous Roman Achillian Baths, the Uzeda gate, the characteristic area of the fish market, restaurants and many typical restaurants of the ” Catania nightlife.
A few steps from the center are the ancient theater, the amphitheater, the “fair” area, a traditional local market rich in tradition, the diocesan museum, the Massimo Bellini theater, and the famous Villa Bellini, all along Via Etnea.
Of the Norman era, it was built by Frederick II of Swabia in the 13th century, and stands in one of the oldest residential areas of the city of Catania. Rich in history, it currently houses the city’s civic museum.
For those who love the sea and relaxing walks, the waterfront of the everybody is the ideal to visit. The area is inextricably linked to the myth of Ulysses, who in mythology would have landed right along the jagged coast of Catania.
The village of Aci Castello is the first center of the Riviera dei Ciclopi, and is a beautiful seaside area at the foot of the famous Norman castle, built in 1076 on a rock emerged during the ancient volcanic eruptions of Etna. Inside the castle there is a rich section of the civic museum of Catania. Here you can spend wonderful days on the beach, and enjoy the typical culinary specialties of the area.
The village of Aci Trezza is a fraction of the municipality of Aci Castello overlooking the Ionian Sea and the picturesque archipelago of the Cyclops Islands. Founded at the end of the seventeenth century by a noble from Palermo, today it is a country of ancient fishing and culinary tradition, and it is also rich in history and mythology: according to Homer, it is here that Ulysses blinded the Cyclops Polyphemus and fled from the cave where it was prisoner with his companions aboard ships. During the escape Polyphemus, blind and furious, would have thrown on the ships of the enormous boulders that according to the tradition, became the Islands of the Cyclops.
Also called Mongibello, the volcano was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 2013, as the entire park is characterized by a very rich and varied fauna and flora. Around the volcano there are many attractions:
It is the largest park in southern Italy. Built within the pine forest of Parco Scarbaglio “in the municipality of Milo, the Etna Adventure Park is made up of a series of acrobatic routes in height made by passages suspended between the trees, which differ in height, difficulty and required commitment.
These are recreational-sports routes, to deal with complete autonomy and safety, under the continuous supervision and the instructions of our instructors, where to test one’s balance, speed, ability to overcome obstacles and the desire for adventure .
Etnaland: is the largest amusement park in all of Sicily, located at the foot of Mount Etna and is a short walk from Catania. The park offers a real island of fun with lots of entertainment possibilities: from the purely recreational one, characterized by Themepark and the Aquapark, to the didactic one represented by the Prehistoric Park and its botanical path, from educational shows to educational laboratories.
The striking Etna cableway allows excursions to the highest crater areas, allowing you to reach the summit areas of Europe’s highest active volcano with the cable car and special off-road vehicles.