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Catania, Sicily
Mt. Etna Rising, Over Catania, Sicily

Catania

Cities and Towns in Sicily

Catania is Sicily's second largest city and was founded in the 8th B.C. by Greek colonists. It was hard hit by earthquake in 1169, by volcanic eruptions in 1329, 1381 and 1669 and modern Catania stands as a testament to the trial the city has been through in terms of both natural and economic disaster, the later predominately the result of government neglect..
 
Catania is in need of considerable renovation, and though it offers visitors glimpses at superb architecture, enthralling fish markets and stunning views of Mt. Etna, most travelers agree that Catania has little more to offer than oranges and lemons.
 
Traffic flows in ever-increasing volume and adds to the smog from the industrial zone between Catania and Siracusa, many buildings are run down and the streets are wide and un-charming.  There is no beach front appropriate for swimming, as the entire area hosts numerous streamliners and industrial equipment.
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We understand that travelers, despite the city's defects, that many travelers will use Catania as a point of convergence for travel in Italy.  For this reason, we are working hard to bring you more information about staying in Catania. 
 

 

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Sensational Sicily & Malta Tour - 12 Days/11 Night - 4* Hotels

This tour explores two of the Mediterranean's most beautiful islands: Sicily and Malta. Sicily has more UNESCO World Heritage site per square mile than any other place in the world and this tour will expose you to countless dozens of them. The tour begins in Catania, Sicily and ends in Valletta, Malta. Many fantastic meals and excellent accommodations are included on this tour.

 

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