Catania, Sicily, Italy

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Rich with history & Baroque architecture

Mountainous and rugged, Sicily’s highest point is the tip of that infamous firebrand, the still active Mt. Etna at 10,900 feet. As a result Catania is richly layered—buried under lava seven times in recorded history, the modern town sits atop the Roman, with the Greek buried even deeper.

During the Renaissance Catania was a flourishing cultural, artistic, and political center, and while nature has conspired to hide the city’s rich history, many sites from all periods remain, including much fine Baroque architecture that makes use of the black volcanic rock Etna has contributed.

Bellini Museum

Bellini Museum

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Bellini Museum

Bellini Museum

The childhood home of the great Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini has been turned into a museum to honor one of the city’s favorite sons. Opera lovers and historians alike should consider a visit.

Fontana Dell’ Elefante

Fontana Dell’ Elefante

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Fontana Dell’ Elefante

Fontana Dell’ Elefante

This one of a kind fountain is a popular city landmark. It combines a Roman Byzantine base, an elephant carved from lava, an ancient Egyptian obelisk, and a cross representing the city’s patron, Saint Agatha.

Taste Of Sicily, Mount Etna & Taormina

Taste Of Sicily, Mount Etna & Taormina

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Taste Of Sicily, Mount Etna & Taormina

Taste Of Sicily, Mount Etna & Taormina

En route to Europe's largest active volcano, experience fertile countryside while passing the villages of Santa Venerina and Zafferana. At 6,400 feet above sea level, explore Silvestri Spent Craters.

Proceed to the medieval Taormina to visit the Greek Theater and enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the snowcapped peak of Mount Etna.

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Catania, Sicily, Italy At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 37°30'28.94"N 15°4'58.26"E
Size: 180.88 KM2 (69.84 MI2)
Population: 315,576
Density: 1,745 Pop/KM2 (674 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +39 95

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