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March 01, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsCatania stretches along the territory of the Riviera on an extensive plain of citrus groves on the Ionian Sea and along the spectacular slopes of Mount Etna, European’s highest still active volcano. Trekking and excursions can be made to Etna’s crater in summer and in winter since its mountainside is transformed into a ski resort. Although Catania has been struck by the volcano eruptions, today it is a really splendid Baroque city hosting important palaces (Palazzo Biscari) and is also an important provincial capital. Catania is a renowned Port and it is the second largest city after Palermo. Moreover the tourist can enjoy the contrast between the Baroque splendour of Piazza del Duomo and the cries of the street vendors in the nearby fish market. The Duomo Square is the heart of the city of which Duomo is dedicated to Saint Agata, Catania’s patron Saint. The square is situated at the end of the famous 3 km long commercial Via Etnea flanked on both sides with best shops. An important attraction in Duomo Square is the 18th Century lava statue of an elephant, which is the symbol of Catania. From Duomo Square heading east towards Via Vittorio Emanuele, the tourist can visit the Church of San Placido. Moreover, Via Etnea, the principal artery of the city, cuts through Piazza dell’Universita` (Catania is also able to boast an old university), Piazza Stesicoro and Villa Bellini.
Villa Bellini hosts a variety of exotic plants, and from here one can enjoy the view of the city and that of Mount Etna. The villa owes its name to the famous Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini, born in Catania in 1801. Moreover homage to the same composer is the Bellini Theatre, whose opera Norma inaugurated the theatre in 1890. The theatre is famous for its acoustics among the best in the world.
Via San Giuliano is also a famous tourist attraction on which stands the noble residence Palazzo Manganelli. The palace is richly decorated and is where scenes from the novel ‘Il Gattopardo’, by Tomasi di Lampedusa where filmed. The street heads to Piazza Dante where there is one of the biggest churches in Sicily, Church of San Nicolo`.
Last but not least is the 13th Century fortress, Ursino Castle seat of the Civic Museum hosting exhibits from all eras of Catania’s history hence showing the legacy of the great civilisations that have fought for control over this strategically situated city.
All our Bed and Breakfast Hotels in Catania are a gunshot away from all these marvels since they are located in the city centre. Moreover during the stay in Catania the visitor can admire the remarkable coastline and the tempting culinary tradition of the city amongst which rice crispelle, the granita, almond pastries, the crispeddi and the ‘pasta alla norma’.
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