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    Catania – a brief overview

    Catania is as black as the lava that rained down on it in 1669 when Etna erupted with terrifying power and engulfed the city, pushing out the seafront and claiming 12,000 lives. But instead of turning its back on its nemesis, the city embraced the volcanic legacy, with master architect Giovanni Vaccarini

    sculpting a visually dramatic urban landscape out of black lava and white limestone. The hard-nosed realism of city residents owes much to the brooding shadow of Etna, but so does their entrepreneurial zeal and passion for life. Carpe diem (seize the day) is more than just a motto here.

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    Piazza del Duomo

    Piazza del Duomo
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Catania’s central piazza is a World Heritage site for good reason. Surrounded by magnificent sinuous buildings in lava and limestone, it makes a dramatic architectural statement. The city’s mascot, a smiling black lava elephant, sits atop a marble fountain in the centre.

    Cattedrale di Sant’Agata

    Piazza del Duomo
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1200 and 1600-1900

    The facade of Catania’s cathedral is held aloft by two orders of Roman columns that stand like soldiers guarding the remains of Saint Agata. Buried in the cool, vaulted interior, her jewel-clad effigy is venerated each February in one of Italy’s biggest festivals.

    La Pescheria

    Via Pardo
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0700-1400

    The best show in town is undoubtedly this thriving fish market and the adjoining food market, which are crammed with stalls of silver-scaled fish, necklaces of sausage and huge cartwheels of cheese.

    Museo Civico

    Piazza Federico II di Svevia
    95121 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 345 830
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1300 and 1500-1900
    Sun 0900-1330

    Catania’s civic museum is located in the dour Castello Ursino, once located on an island but subsequently landlocked by a huge lava flow. Now it houses Catania’s most valuable art and archaeological collection.

    Greco-Roman Theatre

    Via Vittorio Emanuele II 262
    95124 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 715 0508
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1330 and 1430-1700

    One of the few remaining ruins of Greco-Roman Catania is this sunken amphitheatre and nearby Odeon. Two millennia of artefacts are housed in the adjoining Casa Liberti.

    Museo Belliniano

    Piazza San Francesco 3
    95100 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 715 0535
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1300

    Catania’s most famous son was opera great Giovanni Bellini. Now his family home is a small museum showcasing original scores, photographs and Bellini’s death mask.

    Zo Contemporary Culture Centre

    Piazzale Asia 6
    95129 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 816 8912
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    Opening times:
    Various

    This admirable effort at urban renewal involved the transformation of the city’s former sulphur factories into a cultural centre with a performance space, bookshop, café and rotating art and photography exhibitions.

    Giardino Bellini

    Via Etnea
    95124 Catania
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2000

    North from the centre, the city climbs the foothills of Etna. For a view of the volcano and the city below, escape to these beautifully tended tropical gardens.

    Monastero dei Benedittini

    Piazza Dante 32
    95100 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 710 2767
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0800-2000
    Sat 0900-1400
    Sun 0900-1200 (guided tours only)

    The second largest monastery in Europe is now incorporated into Catania University. Tour the historic structure for a peak at the pretty cloisters, Roman baths and the spectacular subterranean library.

    Museo MOGAM

    Via Galermo 171
    95123 Catania
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0930-1230 and 1530-1800 (advance reservations only)

    Examining the links between art and motoring design, MOGAM has a beautiful collection of vintage wheels, motoring memorabilia and art.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24. Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7. Dec (St Ambrose)
    Venice: 25. Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4. Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19. Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6. Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15. Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29. Jun (St Peter)
    Siena: 2. Jul + 16. Aug (Palio)
    Trieste: 3. Nov (St Giusto)

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Republic Day: 2. June 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Republic Day: 2. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Catania

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    With a lively student population, Catania is well catered for, with dozens of bars and cafés offering a good mix of music and drinking.

    For bar hopping head to Via Alessi, Via Collegiata, Via Vasta, Via Mancini and Piazza Spirito Santo. Most places are closed on Monday.

    Agorà Bar

    Piazza Currò 6
    95121 Catania
    Italy
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    A hostel bar in an atmospheric subterranean cave complete with its own river.

    Teatro Massimo Bellini

    Via Perrotta 12
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    This art nouveau theatre stages a year-round programme of opera and music.

    Zo

    Piazzale Asia 6
    95129 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 816 8912
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    A cultural centre hosting club nights, film screenings and dance workshops.

    La Lomax

    Via Fornai 44
    95121 Catania
    Italy
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    A lively multi-purpose venue with a great range of club nights and art exhibitions.

    Razmataz Wine Bar

    Via Montesano 17
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Enjoy Sicilian wines by the glass in this cosy art nouveau bar.

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    Restaurants in Catania

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    With a demanding resident population, eating out in Catania is a pleasure, where pretension is set aside for quality. Aside from classic Sicilian dishes such as pasta alla Norma

    (pasta with basil, aubergine and ricotta) or Arancini (baked riceballs), there’s a dynamic street food scene.

    Il Cuciniere

    Via Luigi Capuana 145
    95129 Catania
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Exquisitely prepared tasting menus in a romantic dining room with patio garden.

    Osteria Antica Marina

    Via Pardo
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A rustic-style trattoria with exposed stone walls and first-class fish.

    Le Tre Bocche

    Via Mario Sangiorgi 7
    95129 Catania
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Tradition at its best – try the pasta with artichokes and bottarga (mullet roe).

    Verona e Bonvegna

    Via Asiago 60
    95127 Catania
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Famous for its pastries, cannoli and creamy gelato.

    Locanda Cerami

    Via Crociferi 69
    95124 Catania
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Sizzling pizza at outdoor tables framed by a baroque church.

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    Calendar of events

    Gold Elephant World: International Film & Musical Festival

    16 – 21 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Awards for Best Film, Best Musical and Best Short Film are all up for grabs at this cultural competition. Sicily’s striking landscape is under the spotlight too, with special tourist itineraries revealing movie locations across the island, including Savoca, where scenes from The Godfather were shot.

    Yoga Festival

    22 – 25 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Palazzo della Cultura

    Specialist teachers from Italy and abroad converge on Catania for three days of classes and seminars exploring multiple strands of yoga. There are also films, dance and music performances, and plenty of expert advice on using yoga to meditate, strengthen your muscles or help in childbirth.

    Catania Bike Festival

    May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Gioeni Park

    Cross-country competitions, BMX workshops, kiddie bike races, group rides and bike polo are all on the menu at this three-day cycling celebration. Visitors can gulp at crazy bike stunts, catch cycling flicks, or test pedal the latest models from leading manufacturers.

    Nivarata

    3 – 5 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Acireale, 17km northeast of Catania

    Ice-cream manufacturers descend on Acireale (around half an hour’s drive from Catania) for this three-day festival dedicated to Sicilian granita, an icy, slushy sorbet-like concoction made with water, sugar and flavourings such as lemon juice. Pros compete for awards and visitors can sample the best at special tasting stands.

    Madonna del Carmelo Festival (Festa della Madonna del Carmelo)

    16 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Church of Maria SS Annunziata al Carmine, Piazza Carlo Alberto

    Catania’s second biggest religious celebration (after the Festa di St Agata) is held in honour of the Madonna del Carmine. Special masses are held every day, and on 16 July, a figure of the Madonna is carried through the streets in an illuminated procession, accompanied by brass bands and fireworks.

    Catania Tango Festival

    9 – 16 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Hotel Romano Palace, Lido Azzurro and Palazzo Biscari

    Passion, drama, sexy costumes and sizzling dance moves make for an extraordinary nine days at this annual dance fiesta. Pros lead daily workshops and seminars, while evenings are given over to milongas, with sensational, highly energetic displays of fiery tango.

    Trailers Film Fest

    September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Monasterio dei Benedettini and Cineteatro Metropolitan

    This is no ordinary film festival. It’s the only festival awarding prizes to the year’s best movie trailers, with 30 trailers competing in three categories: Italy, Europe and World. Fans and professionals mingle at creative workshops, test screenings and trailer premieres.

    St Agatha Festival (Festa di Sant’Agata)

    3 – 5 February 2017
    Website

    Venue: Throughout Catania

    Crowds cram Catania’s streets for this important religious festival. The first day begins with a procession led by candelore, towering, intricate columns filled with candles. The bust of St Agatha is carried through the city on day two, returning to the cathedral at dawn with a glittering fireworks display.

    Carnivale di Acireale

    February – March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Acireale, 17km northeast of Catania

    Familiar faces from politics, film, music and cartoons are among the fantastical gigantic papier-mâché creations gliding through the streets in Acireale’s spectacular carnival, up the coast from Catania. Vividly painted floats compete for prizes over several days of fabulous parades.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Catania

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    Catania’s hotels cater to businessmen and students so they vary between large and corporate or small and cheap.

    In recent years a few more independent bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels have opened their doors.

    Romano House Hotel

    Piazza Federico II di Svevia
    95121 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 345 830
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    Category: Expensive

    Sleek, neutral, modern rooms accentuate the elegant bones of this baroque palace.

    Il Principe Hotel

    Via Alessi 20-26
    95124 Catania
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    A grand, period hotel with huge rooms and an in-house spa.

    Hotel La Ville

    Via Claudio Monteverde 15
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    An apartment-hotel with large, period rooms and fully serviced flats.

    Agathae Hotel

    Via Etnea 229
    95124 Catania
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    A small, bijou hotel in an art nouveau villa with a pretty roof terrace.

    Gresi Hotel

    Via Pacini 28
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    Super central budget hotel with Liberty-style rooms and faux-period furnishings.

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    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Catania

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    Key Areas

    Catania’s main shopping thoroughfare is the long Via Etnea. It is bisected by Viale XX Settembre and Via Umberto, both of which are lined with upmarket shops. For souvenirs and traditional products, head to the small shops around Porta Uzeda.

    Markets

    Catania’s largest market is located in Piazza Carlo Alberto. Here you can buy anything from clothes and bags to jewellery and household items. In the centre of town, La Pescheria is first and foremost a fish market although it has now expanded into nearby lanes where vendors sell fruit, vegetables and meat.

    Shopping Centres

    Catania is ringed with shopping outlets and malls, the largest of which is Etnapolis (Contrada Valcorrente) with over 120 stores. I Portali (Viale Cristoforo Colombo) is another large outlet mall while the Catania Mall (Viale Del Commercio), northwest of the centre, features high-end brands. South of the centre in the industrial area of Misterbianco are Centro Sicilia (Strada Provinciale 54) and Galleria Auchen (Via Gelso Bianco).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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