Bustling, busy, crowded and at the same time completely laid – back… This is all Catania! With more than 40 000 students studying in Catania university the city is full of young people and the night life is booming all the year round. If you are lucky you will not experience the local traffic and the crazy way of driving, but do give yourself a few days to enjoy the city.
Catania is the city of contrasts. It may seem to a demanding tourist that it has nothing to fall in love with – but this is a wrong impression, the city has its magic charm which is not open to those in a hurry. Give it a deeper try or … avoid the visit at all!
Catania has the port which divides the coastline in two parts – the part to the north is made of a volcanic rocks called ‘scogliera’. This type of the coast is appreciated a lot by the locals and in summer it is full of serviced ‘lidos’ where locals spend most of their day-time out of work. To the south of the port there is ‘La Playa’ – a few kilometers of a sandy beach which is also full in summer and is closer what the foreigners expect from the beach.
Advice: stay in the center of the city and avoid having a car as parking is a pain; but if the beach is important than the contrary is valid: rent an apartment or a hotel near the beach and rent a car to move around
The area around Piazza Teatro Massimo is full of bars late in the evening. It is especially famous among young people. Check Afrobar, Banacher e Cuba in summer for parties at night.
Nightlife also moves to the neighboring seaside Acitrezza when it is hot outside.
Catania itself has a lot of history hidden in the layers below the lava and also on the top of it
- Acitrezza and Acicastello – two seaide towns to the south of Catania, a few legends and myths are connected to these places
Activities and Sports
All kind of city activities, Etna trekking tours may be booked in Catania downtown
Fontanarossa Catania airport is just 6 km out of the city center and very close to the Playa of Catania – miles long sandy beaches with amazing views on volcano Etna. It is also possible to arrive at Comiso airport which is about 2h drive away
Alibus runs a frequent and reliable service with three main stops in the downtown along the metro line (Piazza Stesicoro, Piazza Giovanni XXII and Corso Italia). It also makes other steps along the way. For the full list and timings check here
2017 has become important for Catania public transportation network. Piazza Stesicoro – Nesima line now runs a reliable service connecting important parts of the city with the residential areas. More info about the route and schedule here
For some aerial views over Catania we’d like to feature this video: