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Catania is the second largest municipality in Sicily, after Palermo, both by area and by population. Despite its reputation as the second city of the island, Catania is the largest Sicilian conurbation, among the largest in Italy, as evidenced also by the presence of important road and rail transport infrastructures as well as by the main airport in Sicily, fifth in Italy. It is located on Sicily's east coast, at the base of the active volcano, Mount Etna, and it faces the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the 58-municipality region known as the Metropolitan City of Catania, which is the seventh-largest metropolitan city in Italy. The population of the city proper is 311,584, while the population of the Metropolitan City of Catania is 1,107,702.

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Charming Landmarks

  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania
  • Palazzo Biscari
  • Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania
  • Chiesa della Badia di Sant'Agata
  • Chiesa di San Nicolo All'Arena
  • Via Etnea, Saint Biagio Church - Sant'Agata alla Fornace
  • Fontana dell'Amenano
  • Piazza Università
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Important tips when visiting Catania

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In Catania, the summers are short, hot, humid, dry, and clear and the winters are long, cold, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 41°F to 89°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 95°F. Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Catania for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September.

Activities and Entertainment

Etna Morning Trip, Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania, Etna Tour in 4x4, Catania: Etna Morning Jeep Tour, From Catania Etna at Sunset half day tour, Half Day Sailing Tour Taormina Bay, Half Day Sailing Tour Taormina Bay.

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