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Charismatic seaside Catania is a young, dynamic soul, inhabiting a body of narrow alleys and ornate Baroque buildings mounted on top of well-preserved remains of ancient Greek and Roman settlements. Mount Etna defines the cityscape both in terms of the striking panorama and building material - Catania is even referred to as the "grey city" for the colour of lava rocks used to construct many of its buildings.


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Duomo Square (Piazza del Duomo)

Duomo Square (Piazza del Duomo), encircled by impressive Baroque buildings in the heart of Catania, recently became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the middle of the square is Fontana dell’ Elefante, Catania’s most famous monument – the lava stone Elephant Fountain.
Adresse: Piazza del Duomo, Catania
Åpningstider: Open 24/7

Catania Cathedral

Piazza del Duomo is also home to the elaborate Baroque Cattedrale di Sant’Agata (or simply the Catania Cathedral). Behind the marble walls is the final resting place of the city’s patron saint, Agata. Every February processions are held in her honour.
Adresse: Via Vittorio Emanuele II 163, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 320044
Åpningstider: Monday–Saturday 7am–12pm / 4pm–7pm, Sunday 7:30am–12:30pm / 4:30pm–7pm

Vincenzo Bellini Museum

Sicily’s most famous composer is Vincenzo Bellini, who was born in Catania (1801-1835). His operas "Norma", "La Straniera" and "Sonnambula" are famous all over the world. Museo Civico Belliniano is claimed to be one of the nicest in Catania, exhibiting pianos and memorabilia.
Adresse: Piazza San Francesco d’Assisi 3, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 715 0535
Åpningstider: Monday–Saturday 9am–7pm, Sunday 9am–1pm

Teatro Romano & Odeon

At Via Vittoria Emanuele you will find Catania’s best kept ruins from Roman times. The Roman Theatre, including gladiator tunnels and the circular auditorium Odeon lie next to each other, surrounded by residential buildings dating to later centuries.
Adresse: Via Vittorio Emanuele II 266, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 715 0508
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–5pm

Mount Etna

Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, stands about 3,330 metres high between Catania and Taormina. It erupts regularly and since 2002 visitors are not allowed to climb to the top of any of its four craters (hiking up is allowed). Regular buses depart for Etna from Catania.
Adresse: 95031 Adrano, Province of Catania

Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena

Come here for a stroll in the beautiful surroundings or a guided tour. Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena (16th century Monastero dei Benedettini) is one of the biggest Benedictine monasteries in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it hosts a part of the University of Catania.
Adresse: Piazza Dante Alighieri 32, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 710 2767
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–5pm

Massimo Bellini Theatre

Teatro Massimo Bellini is the musical heart of Catania. Different types of high-class performances are held here continuously – operas, ballets, concerts, Bellini's work and so on. If you don't find anything that attracts you, but you still want to see the insides of the Baroque-style building, join a guided tour.
Adresse: Via Giuseppe Perrotta 12, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 730 6111

Marionettistica Fratelli Napoli

This theatre, only a 5-minute walk from the historical centre, tells the story behind the typical Sicilian puppet theatre. Visitors can both see and hold a puppet. If you wish to watch a show, bear in mind that there is a summer break.
Adresse: Via Reitano 55, Catania
Telefon: +39 347 095 4526


Etnaland consists of three kinds of amusement parks: an aqua park with water slides and lots of different pools, a prehistoric park with replicas of dinosaurs and one theme park with roller coasters and rides. Here you can easily spend a whole day.
Adresse: Contrada Agnelleria, Belpasso, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 791 3333

Monti Rossi Adventure Park

Located in the Red Mount pine woods close to Etna, this park is made up of bridges, wires and cables hooked in the treetops to create paths up in the air. There are different levels of difficulty. Visitors can stay on the ground and join the workshops or explore nature trails and relaxation areas.
Adresse: Via Goethe, Nicolosi
Telefon: +39 388 755 3812

Giardino Bellini

After a lot of walking in the bustling city, a break in a lush green park can be necessary. The Giardino Bellini park is located just off the Via Etnea in the city centre, and here you can enjoy a quiet moment among plants, trees, statues and fountains.
Adresse: Via Etnea 292, Catania
Åpningstider: Daily 6am–10pm

Butterfly House (Casa delle Farfalle)

At Casa delle Farfalle, the Butterfly House, you can see some of the most beautiful butterflies and flowers in the world. If you want to learn more about these spectacular creatures, join a complimentary lecture. The greenhouse is situated in the Monte Serra Park, just outside the city of Catania. Note that the Butterfly House closes during the winter season.
Adresse: Via Umberto I 244, Viagrande, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 78 90 768

San Benedetto

Monastero San Benedetto, situated in Crociferi street, is a symbol of Catania. It is identifiable by the arch which unites the Monastery’s main abbey and the Church of Saint Benedict – one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Sicily – to the little abbey, wherein the MacS museum is housed.
Adresse: Via Teatro Greco 2, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 710 2767

Orto Botanico

The little-known botanical garden is a true godsend on hot summer days when the asphalt melts with heat and shaded areas are few and far between. There is a section of exotic plants and one for Sicilian species, as well as a large greenhouse.
Adresse: Via Etnea 397, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 430901
Åpningstider: October–March: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm, Saturday 8am–1pm. April–September Monday–Friday 8am–8pm, Saturday 8am–1pm

Museo del Cinema

Museo del Cinema – detailing the history of cinematography and featuring quite a few cinematic memorabilia and posters – is one of four in the small museum complex (others include the ones dedicated to radio, maps of Sicily and WWII).
Adresse: Viale Africa, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 401 1928
Åpningstider: January–June / September–December: Tuesday–Sunday 9am–5pm. July & August: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm

Museum of the Landing in Sicily 1943

Sicily played an important role in the liberation from the German occupation during World War II. This museum (Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943) displays memories and history from that time, and often leaves its visitors emotionally concerned.
Adresse: Le Ciminiere, Viale Africa, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 401 1929

Aci Castello

9 kilometres north of Catania, the small and picturesque town of Aci Castello is located right by the coastline. The castle, which you should not miss out during your visit, was built by the Normans in 1076. Today, it hosts a museum for those interested in its history. The town also offers breathtaking nearby beaches – perfect for a day trip. Per bus, it takes around 35 minutes from Catania to get to Aci Castello.
Adresse: Aci Castello, Province of Catania

San Giovanni Li Cuti

The curious beach not too far from downtown is made up of volcanic eruption remains. This results in a beach consisting of black stones – in contrast to the regular golden sands. The padding might not be ideal for sunbathing, but the water is certainly crystal-clear. San Giovanni Li Cuti is located in Catania's north.
Adresse: Via San Giovanni Li Cuti, Catania


Half-way between Catania and Messina lies the picturesque, waterside Town of Taormina. It's situated at an elevation, which makes for some splendid views over the water, and has a few pleasant beaches down below. A not-to-be-missed attraction is the ancient Greco-Roman theatre.
Adresse: Taormina, Province of Messina


The small town of Caltagirone, located 42 miles from Catania, is at the heart of Sicily’s ceramic handicraft tradition. The town also offers beautiful architecture, so do not miss the richly decorated walls of the Scala dei Santa Maria steps. The stairs are lined with old historic buildings.
Adresse: Caltagirone, Province of Catania

Scirocco Sicilian Fish Lab

With its location in the heart of the famous Catania fish market, it's no wonder this street-corner restaurant consisting of a counter and three single tables on the street keeps patrons coming back for more fresh battered seafood cones time after time again. Try the boneless cone assortment.
Adresse: Piazza Alonzo di Benedetto 7, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 836 5148
Åpningstider: Daily 10:30am–11pm

Le Tre Bocche

Le Tre Bocche really allows the marvellous seafood from the region to shine in its exquisite dishes, and the fact that the restaurant has its own stand on the famous local seafood market is a testament to the quality of the ingredients like no other. Try the unusual, eerie-looking squid ink spaghetti.
Adresse: Via Ingegnere 11, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 538 738
Åpningstider: Monday–Saturday 8pm–11:45pm, Sunday 1pm–3:30pm / 8pm–11:45pm

Gisira Pizza and Drinks

Gisira Pizza and Drinks is a popular pizza restaurant in Catania where you can choose from a wide array of toppings. For a different dining experience, order your pizza by the metre. If you are into football – they offer to broadcast many national and international matches.
Adresse: Via Gisira 62, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 349 652
Åpningstider: Monday–Friday & Sunday 8pm–11:45pm, Saturday 7pm–11:45pm

Trattoria Catania Ruffiana

It can be a bit tricky to find this family-run gem, but do give it a try. In a rustic setting, guests can revel in typical Italian dishes at rather reasonable prices. Their chocolate cake is said to be the best ever and a must to finish off your dinner in the best way possible.
Adresse: Via Aloi 50, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 216 2222
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Sunday 12:30pm–2:30pm / 7:30pm–10:30pm

Giglio Rosso

This small trattoria with checked tablecloths serves authentic Sicilian food for reasonable prices. Fish, seafood and the antipasto buffet are popular choices among guests. Regulars come here to revel in the home-made dishes in a warm and cosy atmosphere.
Adresse: Via Sant'Anna 19, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 715 2492
Åpningstider: Daily 11:30am–4pm / 6:30pm–11:30pm

Me Cumpari Turiddu

Just a short walk from the Duomo, Me Cumpari Turiddu serves food made of regional products - top-notch dishes with meat, fish and pasta, and home-made bread. The restaurant is part of the Slow Food Foundation and spoils its guests with an authentic Sicilian atmosphere. As a "ristrò", Me Cumpari Turiddu is a combined restaurant, bistro, cafe and deli.
Adresse: Piazza Turi Ferro 36–38, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 715 0142
Åpningstider: Daily 10:30am–1am

Locanda Cerami

Located in a superb location, in a small courtyard in front of a beautiful baroque church, Locanda Cerami serves delicious pizzas, salads, and other Italian dishes. There is also an extensive list of beers and wines, and the friendly staff do their best to offer guests a lovely dining experience. Indulge your pizza and enjoy the view on Via Crociferi, part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Adresse: Via Crociferi 69, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 224 6782
Åpningstider: Daily 7pm–12am

Sushi Live

For a break from the Italian food, though it's hard, try Sushi Live. The menu offers about 50 different rolls to choose from, along with sashimi, tempura and other hot dishes; great to take away or enjoy in the eatery. Sushi Live is located in the city centre, close to Giardino Bellini park.
Adresse: Via Etnea 318, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 311 272
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Saturday 12:30pm–2:30pm / 7:30pm–11:30pm, Sunday 7:30pm–11:30pm

FUD - Bottega Sicula

The trendy eatery is known for its playful approach to dish naming (even "still water" turns into "stil uoter" on the label, light-heartedly poking fun at the Italian way of (mis)pronouncing English words). It serves a variety of succulent burgers and beers to go along.
Adresse: Via Santa Filomena 35, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 715 3518
Åpningstider: Daily 12:30pm–1am

Thai Princess

With little variety on the area's food scene, Thai Princess provides a nice alternative to the ubiquitous pizza, pasta, and seafood fare found all throughout Catania and Sicily. The restaurant serves good quality, affordable Thai classics in a refined environment.
Adresse: Viale Africa 31, Catania
Telefon: +39 333 191 8404
Åpningstider: Daily from 7pm

Ristorante Be Quiet

Tucked away in a small alley and yet very central is the Be Quiet restaurant and lounge bar. The establishment serves tasteful and flavorful Italian fare. Pizza seems to be a standout in terms of popularity, but do try the seafood as well.
Adresse: Via Monte Sant'Agata 6, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 226 2180
Åpningstider: Monday, Wednesday–Friday 6pm-11:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 11:30am–11:30pm

Eat Pizzeria

The establishment serves remarkably good pizza (some may say the best, but the competition is big) – try one of the many topping combinations and follow-up with a decadent dessert. They also serve pizzoli, a local speciality: Sicilian focaccia filled with various stuffings. The pizzeria is located in central Catania and enjoys great popularity with locals. The quality-to-price ratio is more than reasonable.
Adresse: Via Coppola 49/51, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 310 100
Åpningstider: Daily 7:30pm–12:30am

La Siciliana

Do not let the simple interior fool you — La Siciliana is one of Catania’s best restaurants. It has been around since 1968, owned and run by one family. The establishment specialises in local cuisine, and guests are welcome to select their seafood of choice from a display on ice.
Adresse: Viale Marco Polo 52, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 376 400
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Saturday 12:30pm–3pm / 8pm–11pm, Sunday 12:30pm–3pm


Oxidiana is located in the heart of the city and mainly specialises in fish – namely sashimi and sushi, but serves a selection of Japanese delights ranging from grilled meat and fish to dessert. Book in advance to ensure being seated, as the restaurant is quite popular.
Adresse: Via Conte Ruggero 4A, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 532 585
Åpningstider: Sunday–Thursday 8pm–11:30pm, Friday–Sunday 8:30pm–12am

A Putia Dell'Ostello

The cavernous interior of this popular local restaurant is frequented by locals and renowned for the superb variety of vegetarian and vegan options (vegan lunch served on Sundays). On Wednesdays, the establishment hosts guest DJs, and Fridays are reserved for live jazz.
Adresse: Piazza Currò 6, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 723 3010
Åpningstider: Open 24/7

Ristorante il Locandiere (Caltagirone)

If you pay a visit to the town of Caltagirone, Ristorante il Locandiere is a good choice for lunch or dinner. This relaxed fish restaurant is known for its delicious and creative seafood appetisers and mains. Enjoy a gourmet experience in an intimate setting for a reasonable price.
Adresse: Via Don Luigi Sturzo 59, Caltagirone
Telefon: +39 093 358 292
Åpningstider: Monday 7:30pm–10pm, Tuesday–Saturday 12:30pm–2pm / 7:30pm–10pm, Sunday 12:30pm–2pm


One of the more well-known cafes in Catania, Prestipino is the place to go to indulge in a beautifully crafted, elegant dessert right in the heart of it all, the Duomo square. The cafe also serves savoury granita pastries, ice cream, cakes, and coffee.
Adresse: Piazza Duomo 1, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 320840
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–12am

Pasticceria Savia

The historical Pasticceria Savia holds somewhat of a legendary status in the city and is said to be the place that serves some of the best arancini in the area (multiple stuffings available to choose from). After the savoury treats, tuck into one of the airy pastries or decadent cakes.
Adresse: Via Etnea 302/304, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 322335
Åpningstider: Tue-Sun 7:45am–9:30pm


Chocofusion is synonymous with chocolate haven. Some of their delights are caramel cakes, cookies, Sacher, flans, and many more hits. Gelato is also available.
Adresse: Viale Vittorio Veneto 52, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 216 3096
Åpningstider: Monday–Thursday 7:30am–12am, Friday 7:30am–1am, Saturday 7:30am–2am, Sunday 7:30am–1am

Comis Ice Cafe

The cafe, located right by the Bellini Theatre, is known for the high quality and variety of its ice creams (do give the pistachio a try). The offer is not limited to Italy's most well-known dessert, however - the place also serves granita in several flavours.
Adresse: Piazza Vincenzo Bellini 8/9, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 715 2499
Åpningstider: Monday–Thursday 7am–9pm, Friday & Sunday 7am–1am, Saturday 7am–2am


The superb cafe serves savoury foods and desserts, both equally decadent. For breakfast, try the mini-pancakes soaked in chocolate cream or the savoury avocado and salmon variety. If dessert alone is what you're after, the cafe will certainly not disappoint with the selection.
Adresse: Piazza Giovanni Verga 21 E/F, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 216 5811
Åpningstider: Monday 8am–1pm, Tuesday–Saturday 8am–8:30pm, Sunday 9am–1pm / 4:30pm–8:30pm

Pasticceria Spinella

The popular patisserie (right next to Pasticceria Savia) serves traditional Sicilian savoury snacks (arancini, deep-fried stuffed rice balls, a selection of layered, and plain-dough pastries) as well as the delightful Italian desserts, such as cannoli, cakes, and all manner of sweets.
Adresse: Via Etnea 292/298, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 327 247
Åpningstider: Monday–Friday 7:30am–10:30pm, Saturday 7:30am–11:30pm, Sunday 7:30am–11pm

Juice and Food

The cafe serves a selection of healthy and easy-on-the-taste-buds fruit smoothies and juices, as well as quite a few light meals – soups, wraps, and bagels. The cafe uses fresh ingredients, and all food is prepared on-site. It is located in the north of the city centre.
Adresse: Corso Italia 243, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 722 3618
Åpningstider: Monday–Friday 9am–10pm, Saturday 9am–11pm, Sunday 10am–10pm

Pasticceria Quaranta

Sicilians and tourists flock to this traditional yet innovative bakery in the heart of Piazza Mancini Battaglia. The establishment serves a large selection of both scrumptious sweets and savoury snacks to be enjoyed on the breezy terrace. Arancini and Cassatelle di Agira (pastries made of pistachio or chocolate) are both locals' and tourists' favorites.
Adresse: Piazza Mancini Battaglia 17/20, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 712 4893
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–12:30am

Cioccolato Caffè

This waterfront café features one of the best gelatos on the island and is the best shelter from the dog days of July and August. Besides the gelato, coffee, granita, and the freshly baked cakes are a must-try too.
Adresse: Viale Ruggero di Lauria 129, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 498640
Åpningstider: 24/7

Bar Mazzini

Bar Mazzini is a window that goes out onto Sicily's culinary scene when it comes to cannoli (tube-shaped shells filled with ricotta) and cipollini (a puff pastry filled with cheese, ham, tomato, black olives, and roasted onion). Stop by and have a chat with the owner David (who speaks English) and discover authentic Sicilian recipes.
Adresse: Via Auteri 6, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 346 361
Åpningstider: Daily 5am–8pm


Afrobar is a beachfront venue with a dance floor that is set directly on the sand. It's located on premises of one of the many waterside "lido" spaces. During the day, the place is visited by beach-goers and families, but the night sees it transform into a night club with bonfires and fire dancers.
Adresse: Via Presidente Kennedy 47, Catania
Telefon: +39 345 713 3484
Åpningstider: Open 24/7

Mercati Generali

Arguably the finest nightlife establishment in Sicily (and a solid contender for being in the top worldwide), Mercati Generali is located about 10 kilometres from the city centre, but is certainly worth the drive. The crowd it attracts is rather posh, but the vibe remains relaxed and party-like.
Adresse: Strada Statale 417, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 435764 / +39 334 9197095

The Zò cultural space frequently serves host to various events and happenings, such as music and dance shows, various performances, and movie screenings. There are an on-site restaurant and a bar, which is an intimate, candle-lit space with an extensive selection of wines from the cellar.
Adresse: Piazzale Rocco Chinnici 6, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 816 8912
Åpningstider: Monday & Tuesday 9am–5pm, Wednesday & Thursday 10am–5pm, Friday–Sunday 6pm–11pm

Bar Cuore

The cosy Bar Cuore is a great place for both a coffee and an evening drink in a young, dynamic environment. The eclectic interior invites for a very casual evening pastime inside or in the outdoor seating area. Drinks served range from draft beer to cocktails.
Adresse: Via Penninello 35, Catania
Telefon: +39 347 609 5021
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Sunday 5pm–2am

Razmataz Wine Bar

Wine, beer and cocktails are all served in the beautiful outdoor square of this evening venue. This one is the ultimate place to be for an aperitivo and onwards. Several food options are always available and vary daily (these are listed on the board).
Adresse: Via Montesano 17/19, Catania
Telefon: +390 95 311 893
Åpningstider: Daily 8:30am–2am


Nievski's clearly left-leaning interior is popular for pre-party drinks amongst the local artsy and alternative crowds, as well as the student population. The stairs in front of the establishment are a buzzing hang out spot as well, favoured by the younger generations.
Adresse: Via Alessi 15/17, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 313792
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Sunday 5:30pm–2am

Le Capannine

Le Capannine is a beach club by day and a pumping party venue at night, when its relaxed cafes and fitness spaces transform into busy dance floors (DJs spin different genres depending on the spot) and bars. The venue follows a Caribbean theme, complete with palm trees and tropical cocktails.
Adresse: Viale Kennedy 93, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 735 7235

Etnea Roof Bar & Restaurant

The stunning views over mount Etna aren't the only reasons to pay a visit to this rooftop establishment: the evening "aperitivo" buffet is varied and generous and includes a drink in the price. During the daytime, it is a high-quality restaurant that serves elevated Italian and Mediterranean food.
Adresse: Via Etnea 218, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 250 5111
Åpningstider: Daily 1pm–2:30pm / 8pm–11pm


Currently, a popular watering hole, Mezzaparola is a tiny bar with some seating in the upstairs lounge area, but patrons often opt to simply chill outside by the entrance when it gets too packed (which it increasingly does near midnight).
Adresse: Via Landolina 48, Catania
Telefon: +39 333 691 3266
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Saturday 7pm–3am, Sunday 7pm–12am

Boheme Mixology Bar

A bar with a great ambience, Boheme Mixology has no set menu, but rather offers guests the option of getting something very special crafted for them based on individual preferences. The bar is centrally located, with a mixed crowd of locals and international visitors.
Adresse: Via Montesano 27/29, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 250 3340
Åpningstider: Daily 7pm–3am

First Lounge Bar

The tucked-away bar in a small central square isn't a place a wandering visitor would just stumble upon. It's a hidden gem of a spot with seating outside and a distinctly bohemian feel to it, much due to the past-century-looking buildings encircling the square.
Adresse: Via Martinez 13, Catania
Telefon: +39 320 763 3921
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Sunday 6pm–2am

Glamour Hoppe Bier Cafe

The casual eatery and bar isn't one of the places to go for those party vibes, but it's certainly great for a leisurely evening with a cocktail following an abundant aperitivo. Music nights are hosted here on the regular, which includes both contemporary and jazz tunes.
Adresse: Via Carcaci 11, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 218 0579
Åpningstider: Wednesday–Monday 6pm–2am

Rix Catania

The classy yet laid-back Rix is a place where cocktails are serious business – the mixologists exhibit true professionalism, and craft both vintage and contemporary drinks of a very decent quality. Food is served for those looking to grab a bite, and the pizza seems to be much favoured.
Adresse: Via Enrico Adolfo Pantano 54, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 836 2922
Åpningstider: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 7pm–2am, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 7pm–1:30am

A Putia Dell'Ostello

The cavernous interior of this popular local restaurant is frequented by locals and renowned for the superb variety of vegetarian and vegan options (vegan lunch served on Sundays). On Wednesdays, the establishment hosts guest DJs, and Fridays are reserved for live jazz.
Adresse: 6 Piazza Curro, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 723 3010

La Giara (Taormina)

The town of Taormina offers more elegant dining, one of the classics being La Giara. The Art Deco-inspired space with breathtaking views over the water and stunning shoreline is popular for romantic dinners. The concise menu features meat and seafood dishes.
Adresse: Vico la Floresta 1, Taormina
Telefon: +39 0942 233 60 / +39 0942 625083
Åpningstider: Saturday 12am–5am

La Pescheria

The bustling, smelly market La Pescheria (next to the cathedral), is worth a visit even if you are not buying any fish. It's a cultural experience in its own right – seeing the busy vendors display all sorts of curious marine creatures is quite the uncommon sight.
Adresse: Piazza Alonzo di Benedetto, Catania
Åpningstider: Monday–Saturday 8am–2pm

Via Etnea

One of the city's main arteries and its busiest shopping street, Via Etnea stretches all the way from the Duomo square towards Etna (hence the telling name). The street is lined with all manner of shops and department stores, as well as a variety of eateries to suit any taste.
Adresse: Via Etnea, Catania

Corso Italia

The Corso Italia street, running from the seaside up towards Mount Etna, is one of the most elegant streets in the city. It is the place to go for upscale brand name shopping - the street is lined with world-famous brand name stores and boutiques and breathes a sophisticated air.
Adresse: Corso Italia, Catania

Mercato di Piazza Carlo Alberto

The busy morning market in Carlo Alberto square is a vibrant shopping venue where anything and everything from fresh produce to clothes and spices can be found. Come with time, as there are a lot of stalls to browse through. It can get a bit loud in peak hours, but the bustle decreases after 1 pm.
Adresse: Piazza Carlo Alberto, Catania
Åpningstider: Monday–Friday 8am–2pm, Saturday 8am–7pm

Enoteca Regionale di Sicilia

This old town Sicilian wine shop packs a punch with its variety of local wines from small wineries in the region and all over Sicily. Apart from wines, the store stocks a variety of other local products, including many made from olives and pistachio. Wine tasting is possible.
Adresse: Via Vittorio Emanuele II 155, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 746 2210
Åpningstider: Monday 4:00–8pm, Tuesday–Saturday 10:30am–8pm

Wine & Charme

The cavernous shop holds a host of treasures, it seems – the store's curious insides hold a selection of local products and wines from Etna and all over Sicily (prices range from several euros per bottle to a couple of hundred euros), as well as charming souvenirs (such as the famous local ceramics).
Adresse: Via Vittorio Emanuele II 143, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 4194395
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–9pm

I Dolci Di Nonna Vincenza

The sweet shop I Dolci Di Nonna Vincenza is a great place to go for traditional Italian sweets and pastry (that can be packed up and turned into perfect gifts). Do get a box of cannoli – the "classic" variety or ones with chocolate, pistachio, or orange flavoured cream filling.
Adresse: Piazza San Placido 7, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 7151844
Åpningstider: Monday–Saturday 8:30am–8pm, Sunday 9am–1:30pm


A celebrated store is known throughout Catania, Menza specialises in Italian deli products. One side of the store is given over to savoury foods such as meats, cheeses, and even entire meals (there is a seating area for those looking to dine on-site), while the other is packed with sweets and pastries.
Adresse: Viale Mario Rapisardi 143/145, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 350 606
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–11pm


For traditional Sicilian souvenirs, try the centrally located Mizzica boutique. It sells hand-made crafts and decor items, bags, jewellery and accessories. The store offers good value for money and is a good find for those looking to bring local souvenirs to loved ones.
Adresse: Via Garibaldi 13, Catania
Telefon: +39 393 988 9214
Åpningstider: Monday–Saturday 9am–8pm, Sunday 9am–7pm

Porte di Catania

The Porte di Catania shopping mall is located outside the city centre, close to the airport. The large Auchan supermarket occupies the ground floor (great for groceries and deli foods); the second floor is packed with shops and stores of major local and international brands.
Adresse: S.S. Gelso Bianco, Catania
Telefon: +39 0955 78717
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–9pm


Etnapolis, a major shopping destination in Sicily, offers a unique shopping experience complete with a multiplex cinema, kids entertainment area and dining venues. There is a large affordable supermarket inside, as well as a great selection of local and international brand stores and boutiques.
Adresse: Contrada Valcorrente 23, Belpasso
Telefon: +39 095 7867432
Åpningstider: Daily 9:30am–9pm

I Portali

One of the largest shopping centres in the south of Italy, I Portali is right for those looking to do some major shopping. It is located about an hour's drive outside of Catania but is certainly worth the trip if upscale international clothing, accessories and beauty brand stores are what you're after.
Adresse: Viale Cristoforo Colombo 6, San Giovanni La Punta
Telefon: +39 095 741 5534
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–9pm

Airport Catania-Fontanarossa

Catania’s airport, Fontanarossa (CTA), is located 7 kilometres south-west of the city and handles both domestic and international flights. Buses (AMT Alibus) connect the airport to Catania city centre and leave every 20 minutes from 5 am to midnight. There are also several other bus companies, operating other cities on Sicily such as Etna Trasporti to Taormina. The journey takes 50 minutes. Sais Autolinee takes travellers to Palermo in 2–3 hours. Bus tickets can be bought at the currency exchange office or at a newspaper shop inside the airport terminal. A taxi from the airport to the city takes about 15 minutes. There are taxi ranks outside the airport.
Adresse: Via Fontanarossa, Catania
Telefon: +39 0957 239 111


Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

May to June and September to October are the best months to visit the ancient port city of Catania on Sicily's eastern coast. Spring and fall offer pleasant weather with temperatures reaching a maximum of 19 to 26 degrees and a less crowded city. July and August are the hottest and draw in sun worshippers.

Public Transport

A rental car is the best way to explore Sicily. The road network is well maintained, especially the toll roads (autostrade). To drive in the city of Catania can be quite tricky though. A majority of the city centre is for pedestrians and parking lots are difficult to find. An alternative to driving is travelling by train to Messina, Syracuse, Palermo and other cities from the station at Piazza Giovanni XXIII. A cheaper mode of transport is the bus, which departs from the depot at Via d’Amico close to the train station. To get around in the city, the company AMT serves a number of lines. Bus tickets must be validated upon entering the bus (get them punched in the orange machine onboard).
Adresse: Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Catania


Taxi fares vary, and the rate increases after 10 pm. The 10 percent tip is sometimes included in the overall price (check with the driver). The licensed taxis are often yellow or white and have a meter. Radio Taxi Catania +39 095 330 966 Distefano Taxi +39 360 968 390


The post office in Catania is situated at Via Etnea 215 and can be recognised by the yellow "PT" sign. Stamps can be bought at tobacconists that either carry the blue and white ”Tabacchi” sign or are simply marked by the "T" sign.
Adresse: Via Etnea 215, Catania
Telefon: +39 095 7478151
Åpningstider: Monday–Friday 8:20am–7:05pm, Saturday 8:20am–12:35pm


Farmacia Caltabiano Dr. Mauro Marcello Piazza Stesicoro 36, Catania +39 095 327647 Monday–Friday 8:30am–1pm / 4:30pm–8pm Farmacia Cutelli Fonzo Franca Via Vittorio Emanuele 54, Catania +39 095 531 400 Monday–Friday 7am–12am, Saturday 7am–1pm / 7pm–12am, Sunday 7pm–12am Farmacia Lucina 125 Via Umberto I, Catania +39 095 311691 Monday–Saturday 8:30am–1pm / 4:30pm–8:30pm


Country code: +39 Area code: 095 (also dialled in Catania). If you call Italy from abroad, you must always dial zero in the area code (do not omit it as is the general practice when making international telephone calls), e.g. +39 095 + the number.


The standard voltage in Italy is 230 volts and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Power plugs and sockets are of type F and L.