Catania: the Beauty and the History – 07/2013

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    Catania is a city on the eastern coast of Sicily with a population of approximately 300,000 people. It was founded by ancient Greeks in 729 BC. The city is located in a volcanic region, and it is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, Mount Etna. However, Catania is a charming city with a rich history and a lot to offer visitors.


    Here are some of the things you can do in Catania:

    • Visit the Cathedral of Saint Agatha: This is the most important church in Catania, and it is dedicated to the city’s patron saint. The cathedral was built in the 11th century, and it is a beautiful example of Sicilian Baroque architecture.
    • Explore the Ursino Castle: This castle was built in the 13th century, and it is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Sicily. The castle is now a museum, and it houses a collection of art and artifacts from the city’s history.
    • Take a walk through the Piazza del Duomo: This is the main square in Catania, and it is surrounded by many important buildings, including the Cathedral of Saint Agatha and the Ursino Castle. The square is a great place to people-watch and to enjoy the city’s atmosphere.
    • Shop at the fish market: Catania has a vibrant fish market, where you can find fresh seafood from the Mediterranean Sea. The market is a great place to experience the local culture and to sample some of the city’s delicious seafood dishes.
    • Climb Mount Etna: Mount Etna is an active volcano, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sicily. Visitors can climb to the top of the volcano for stunning views of the surrounding area.
    • Relax on the beach: Catania is located on the coast, and it has a number of beautiful beaches. The beaches are a great place to relax and to enjoy the sun and the sand.

    In addition to these activities, there are many other things to see and do in Catania.

    Villa Bellini
    View of Etna
    An elephant can be found everywhere, even on a path in the park.
    Pedestrian? Traffic light? No, you haven't heard...
    Anfiteatro romano di Catania
    Roman Amphitheater
    "me civitas catanensium sublimatur a Christo"
    Piazza Stesicoro
    Piazza del Duomo
    Fontana dell'Elefante
    Cattedrale di Sant'Agata
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