Cheap flights to Catania
Nestled in the foothills of Mount Etna, Catania, the second largest city on the Island of Sicily, is a beautiful place to relax and rejuvenate, as well as soaking up some Sicilian history. Facing the Ionian Sea, Catania has a distinctive grey colour to its buildings as the rock used to build them has been taken from the volcanic earth of the island.
Explore Ursino Castle which, built in the 1200s, has survived despite Mounts Etna’s devastating eruptions in the 1600s and now stands as a stunning example of ancient architecture. An unmissable sight in Catania is the awesome splendour of Mount Etna itself; visiting the currently dormant volcano is a breath-taking adventure and one which is a rarity on most vacations. In the winter months one side of the volcano is turned into a ski slope for a truly extreme winter sports experience.
In town Duomo square is also a must-see for its stunning baroque architecture. For those looking to do some relaxing there are plenty of beautiful hotels to stay in and pristine beaches too.
It's not Monday in Catania without A Fera U Luni, the enormous outdoor covering piazza Carlo Alberto. Get there early to get the great finds, or late to do some haggling.
The centuries-old outdoor market, a Fera o' Luni, is held every Monday in Piazza Carlo Alberto. Get there early to avoid the heat while you browse the fresh produce, clothing and bric-a-brac on display.
The Museo Civico is hosting an extraordinary exhibit of 140 works by Marc Chagall. It's on until 14 February at Castello Ursino, in piazza Federico di Svevia.
The Terme Anchillane are the fascinating third-century intact Roman baths beneath the Duomo. Entrance to the right of the Duomo.
At 72km north of Catania, Savoca is where iconic scenes of The Godfather (part 1) were filmed. It still retains that feel of countryside Sicily, where time feels like it has stopped.
A one hour drive south of Catania lies Syracuse, the most powerful city in the Mediterranean in the 5th century. Wander through its charming old quarters on the island of Ortygia, where the Cathedral was built within a Greek temple, and visit the Greco Roman Archeological Park.
Though somewhat claustrophobic during the busy summer months, Taormina deserves at least one day for its breathtaking panoramas and spectacular Greek theatre. Take in one of the concerts while there: Spandau Ballet are performing on 16 July, while Damien Rice is in town on 27 July. taormina.it