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Your summer in Catania: come and experience the wonders of this city

Your summer in Catania: come and experience the wonders of this city
Summer is rapidly approaching, bringing with it the anticipation of much-desired holidays. The time has come to prepare for a period of relaxation, adventures and new experiences under the hot summer sun of Sicily, a land rich in history and breathtaking landscapes, where at the center of all this splendor lies the city of Catania, a gem nestled on the east coast of the island, full of wonderful hidden treasures. Catania: an enchanting city The magic of Sicily is like a spell that is revealed through its ancient streets and Catania is the beating heart of this magic, where its narrow and winding streets, which wind between ancient baroque buildings and fascinating squares, capture the very essence of enchantment. Catania is also a vibrant and dynamic city, with a pulsating cultural scene and delicious cuisine that reflects its rich culinary heritage.

 Summer is rapidly approaching, bringing with it the anticipation of much-desired holidays. The time has come to prepare for a period of relaxation, adventures and new experiences under the hot summer sun of Sicily, a land rich in history and breathtaking landscapes, where at the center of all this splendor lies the city of Catania, a gem nestled on the east coast of the island, full of wonderful hidden treasures.

Catania: an enchanting city

The magic of Sicily is like a spell that is revealed through its ancient streets and Catania is the beating heart of this magic, where its narrow and winding streets, which wind between ancient baroque buildings and fascinating squares, capture the the very essence of enchantment. Catania is also a vibrant and dynamic city, with a pulsating cultural scene and delicious cuisine that reflects its rich culinary heritage.


The most fascinating tourist places to visit in Catania

In addition to its historical monuments and cultural attractions, Catania also boasts a number of breathtaking tourist spots that are absolutely worth a visit:

  • The Ursino Castle: An imposing medieval fortress that offers a panoramic view of the city and which houses the civic museum, with archaeological and art collections that tell the story of the city.
  • The Villa Bellini: A green oasis in the heart of Catania, perfect for a relaxing walk or a picnic among centuries-old trees and fountains.
  • La Playa: The beaches of Catania are famous for their black volcanic sand and crystal clear waters, ideal for a relaxing day in the sun.
  • Piazza del Duomo: The heart of Catania, surrounded by historic buildings and dominated by the majestic Cathedral of Sant'Agata, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, whose feast is celebrated on 5 February each year and it is one of the most important and heartfelt festivals in the Sicilian city, with a series of traditions and celebrations taking place in honor of the holy martyr.
  • Elephant Fountain: it is one of the well-known symbols of Catania, located in Piazza Duomo. It consists of a lava stone elephant on which an obelisk rests. The fountain dates back to the 17th century and is an iconic work of the city. According to legend, touching the elephant's trunk brings good luck.
  • Fish Market: A lively open-air market, known as “La Pescheria” is one of the liveliest and most picturesque places in the city. Located near the port, it offers a wide selection of fresh fish, seafood and other seafood. It is an excellent place to immerse yourself in the local culinary culture and taste fresh fish specialties prepared according to traditional recipes.
  • Catania Aquarium: A modern structure that hosts a vast variety of marine species, offering an educational and fun experience for the whole family.
  • Etna Volcano: The highest active volcano in Europe is one of the most fascinating and visited tourist destinations on the island. Easily reachable from Catania, it is about 30 minutes by car. Here you have the opportunity to also visit:
  • “Grotta del gelo”: characterized by the presence of ice throughout the year making its beauty more unique than rare; sometimes real stalactites and stalagmites form inside it.
  • “Cave of the three levels”: It is one of the most fascinating volcanic caves in the area. It is characterized by the presence of three distinct levels, created by the collapse of a large lava bubble.

These are just some of the most representative places in Catania, a city rich in history, culture and natural beauty.

A gastronomic journey through the flavors of Catania

A journey to discover the typical flavors of a city is like sailing in a sea of flavours, where every bite takes the traveler towards new culinary experiences that delight the senses. Catania offers a culinary journey that satisfies every gastronomic desire, full of authentic flavors and culinary traditions among the cobbled streets and lively squares of Catania, you will find a myriad of clubs, restaurants and trattorias, ready to delight you. Catania offers a wide variety of options to savor gastronomic treasures that will bring you closer to the true essence of Catania. We list some dishes not to be missed:

  • Arancini: Delicious fried rice balls, stuffed with ragù, peas and cheese
  • Caponata: A Sicilian salad made with aubergines, tomatoes, celery, olives and capers, marinated in vinegar and sugar
  • Cassata Siciliana: A traditional dessert composed of sponge cake soaked in liqueur, sweet ricotta, candied fruit and sugar icing
  • Swordfish alla ghiotta: a dish based on swordfish cooked with fresh cherry tomatoes, capers, olives and parsley

Catania cuisine is rich in intense flavors and is characterized by fresh and expertly combined ingredients. Catania cuisine is passion and culinary tradition handed down from generation to generation.

 

Sicilian events and festivals

 

This summer, Catania comes alive with a series of events and festivals that celebrate  the rich cultural and gastronomic tradition of the island. Among the main events:

  • Beer Catania: An annual event where many breweries participate, including island producers. It is an event characterized by stands with the best local products and good music, where you have the opportunity to participate in free tastings and workshops.
  • Etna Comics Festival: An event that takes place between the end of May and the beginning of June on an annual basis, a festival of comics and pop culture, which has now become a point of reference for those who are passionate about of cinema, collecting, video games and traditional Japanese culture.
  • Cherry and Rose Festival: Event that celebrates the beauty and taste of cherries, one of the local products of excellence, and local roses. The event takes place from 14 to 16 June.
  • Feast of St. John the Baptist: An event celebrated on June 24th with  religious celebration and folkloristic events.
  • Summer Festival of Sant'Agata: It offers a summer version of the celebrations of the city's patron saint.
  • Swordfish Festival: An event that takes place in Acitrezza, a food and wine event that takes place in the first week of August and celebrates swordfish with tastings and entertainment

 

These are just a part of  events that offer a great variety of cultural and gastronomic experiences that allow you to enjoy the beauty of the city and the towns of the province during the summer.

 

Rent a car from Autonoleggio Prime to move around freely

 

Renting a car to explore Catania is essential to enjoy total autonomy and freedom, to live an authentic experience, thus avoiding being dependent on public transport and imposed timetables. With Car Rental Prime you have the possibility to rent a car without having to use a credit card and without having to pay a >security deposit, allowing travelers to save even before leaving for their holiday. This service  innovative, it offers the convenience and tranquility of starting the trip without financial worries, allowing travelers to fully concentrate on the wonders of Catania and its surroundings.

 

Catania offers a unique and unforgettable experience for anyone who has the pleasure of visiting it. With the freedom of a rental car from Autonoleggio Prime, you can explore everything this extraordinary land has to offer, creating memories that will last forever. All we have to do is wish you a good trip!

Last modified onSaturday, 18 May 2024 07:38

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