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Sightseeing in Catania - what to see. Complete travel guide

The city is located in the eastern part of Sicilia, just near Etna volcano. The life of the city is fully dependent on the mood of the glorious volcano. During its long history Catania has been simply buried under the layers of ash. However, due to hard-working and diligent inhabitants of this town, historical and architectural sights of the city were kept in safety.
The culture of local people is very interesting and original. It is based on centuries-old traditions and customs, which are widely known and cherished in absolutely every family. The … Open
The ancient Roman theatre is the main architectural sight of this town. This facility can gather around 7 thousand of people. Nearby the theatre is located Odeon that has been used as the place of repetitions of male chorus. While making a walk on Piazza Stezicoro you can see the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheater, the building of which took place in the 2nd century. The height of the ancient building was over 30 meters and the amphitheater’s diameter estimated 71 meter. Such a large-scale facility could easily seat 16 thousands of viewers.
One more picturesque square is named Duomo. Here is located a fountain made in the shape of an elephant. This huge and strong animal is the symbol of Catania starting from 1200. The choice of the symbol is logical as in ancient times there have been many elephants on the territory of the modern city. They protected the locals from wild animals and were true helpers in farming. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The main entertainment center of Catania is located at the foot of Etna. This is internationally famous Etnaland Water Park. This is a true paradise for fans of exciting water rides and … Open
The largest religious sight of the city is Catania Cathedral, the building of which finished a thousand years ago.

Besides rich cultural program Catania offers its guests wide choice of entertainments. Tourists will find here a large choice of clubs and restaurants. Nightlife is so usual and ordinary here that many public houses work round-the-clock. Theatrical art connoisseurs will not get bored in Catania as well as there are 25 theaters in this city and each of them is ready to entertain its visitors every day.
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Map of all shopping streets
Shopping streets of Catania
♥   Street ' Via Etnea' Catania, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Street ' Corso Italia' Catania, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Castles in Catania and around
♥   Castle 'Castello Ursino' Catania, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello Normanno' Aci Castello, 7.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello Normanno' Terlizzi, 18.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello Normanno' Adrano, 28.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Schisò' Giardini Naxos, 38.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Catania
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’Aspromonte' , 98.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sites around Catania from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Teatro Greco Antico di Taormina

From the series “Ancient amphitheaters and arenas, that are still operational”
Ballet performances, symphonic concerts and operas are just a part of the cultural events that regularly take place in the theater. Travellers who visit Taormina in October will be able to witness Giuseppe Sinopoli Music Festival, in which the best orchestras of the country take part. The amphitheater in Taormina is impressive in scale, its length is about 120 meters, the width is about 50 meters, and the height of the walls is about 20 meters. The preserved elements of the finish of the ancient building allow us to fully appreciate its former greatness. … Read further

Etna Volcano

From the series “Volcanoes and traps that changed the face of the planet”
Locals hurried back to the place of grace. Even now, they grow vineyards, olive trees, and orchards on the slopes of the volcano. The geological implications of the volcanic activity are enormous too. For hundreds of years, mountainsides were collapsing after each of the next series of explosions. So, new huge basins and craters appeared close to the volcano. Scientists believe that after one of the regular eruptions of Etna, the water took a large settlement of Atlit Yam in Israel. All of its residents fled from the disaster, but many of them died later. … Read further
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