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    Catania – a brief overview

    Catania is as black as the lava that rained down on it in 1669 when Etna erupted with terrifying power and engulfed the city, pushing out the seafront and claiming 12,000 lives. But instead of turning its back on its nemesis, the city embraced the volcanic legacy, with master architect Giovanni Vaccarini

    sculpting a visually dramatic urban landscape out of black lava and white limestone. The hard-nosed realism of city residents owes much to the brooding shadow of Etna, but so does their entrepreneurial zeal and passion for life. Carpe diem (seize the day) is more than just a motto here.

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    Piazza del Duomo

    Piazza del Duomo
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Catania’s central piazza is a World Heritage site for good reason. Surrounded by magnificent sinuous buildings in lava and limestone, it makes a dramatic architectural statement. The city’s mascot, a smiling black lava elephant, sits atop a marble fountain in the centre.

    Cattedrale di Sant’Agata

    Piazza del Duomo
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1200 and 1600-1900

    The facade of Catania’s cathedral is held aloft by two orders of Roman columns that stand like soldiers guarding the remains of Saint Agata. Buried in the cool, vaulted interior, her jewel-clad effigy is venerated each February in one of Italy’s biggest festivals.

    La Pescheria

    Via Pardo
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0700-1400

    The best show in town is undoubtedly this thriving fish market and the adjoining food market, which are crammed with stalls of silver-scaled fish, necklaces of sausage and huge cartwheels of cheese.

    Museo Civico

    Piazza Federico II di Svevia
    95121 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 345 830
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1300 and 1500-1900
    Sun 0900-1330

    Catania’s civic museum is located in the dour Castello Ursino, once located on an island but subsequently landlocked by a huge lava flow. Now it houses Catania’s most valuable art and archaeological collection.

    Greco-Roman Theatre

    Via Vittorio Emanuele II 262
    95124 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 715 0508
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1330 and 1430-1700

    One of the few remaining ruins of Greco-Roman Catania is this sunken amphitheatre and nearby Odeon. Two millennia of artefacts are housed in the adjoining Casa Liberti.

    Museo Belliniano

    Piazza San Francesco 3
    95100 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 715 0535
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1300

    Catania’s most famous son was opera great Giovanni Bellini. Now his family home is a small museum showcasing original scores, photographs and Bellini’s death mask.

    Zo Contemporary Culture Centre

    Piazzale Asia 6
    95129 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 816 8912
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    Various

    This admirable effort at urban renewal involved the transformation of the city’s former sulphur factories into a cultural centre with a performance space, bookshop, café and rotating art and photography exhibitions.

    Giardino Bellini

    Via Etnea
    95124 Catania
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2000

    North from the centre, the city climbs the foothills of Etna. For a view of the volcano and the city below, escape to these beautifully tended tropical gardens.

    Monastero dei Benedittini

    Piazza Dante 32
    95100 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 710 2767
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0800-2000
    Sat 0900-1400
    Sun 0900-1200 (guided tours only)

    The second largest monastery in Europe is now incorporated into Catania University. Tour the historic structure for a peak at the pretty cloisters, Roman baths and the spectacular subterranean library.

    Museo MOGAM

    Via Galermo 171
    95123 Catania
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0930-1230 and 1530-1800 (advance reservations only)

    Examining the links between art and motoring design, MOGAM has a beautiful collection of vintage wheels, motoring memorabilia and art.

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    Italy / Country Information

    Country overview

    Italy is an extremely popular tourist destination. Its stunning landscapes, fascinating cities and unique cultural heritage are internationally renowned. But it would be impossible to explore the entire country on a single trip. It’s better to concentrate on a few highlights and enjoy the hospitality, style and spirit of the region you choose to visit.

    Italy’s diversity is a big part of what makes it attractive to visitors. Loud, lively Naples; the gently rolling hills of Tuscany; the Renaissance treasures of Florence – the country has an irresistible allure. And let’s not forget Italian cuisine!

    Geography

    Italy is divided into the Italian Alps, the northern Italian lowlands, the actual Apennine Peninsula, and numerous islands. The most famous islands include Sicily, Sardinia, Elba, Ischia and Capri. The Alps are located in northern Italy and form a natural border with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The country borders the Mediterranean Sea to the south, southwest, and southeast. The Apennines, with their tallest peak of 2,910 meters, stretch across the entire peninsula.

    Northern Italy is home to the Alps, the fertile, densely populated Po Valley, and the Ligurian-Etruscan region of the Apennines. The Piedmont and Aosta Valley regions include some of Europe’s tallest mountains and most beautiful skiing areas. Numerous rivers have their source here; they flow through the Po Valley and the Italian lake district. Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Garda are located here. The Po, Italy’s largest river, flows into the Adriatic Sea in the east.

    Central Italy is actually located in the north of the Italian peninsula. Tuscany boasts diverse and beautiful landscapes. Mountains, meadows, and hills await visitors to this region, as do sandy beaches and numerous islands.

    The region of Marche, between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea, is a mountainous area full of rivers and small, fertile plains. The mountainous regioni (administrative districts) of Abruzzo border Marche to the north. Molise, located south of Abruzzo, borders Puglia to the south. Lazio and Campania are situated on the Tyrrhenian Sea and comprise the western border. Umbria, the “green heart of Italy,” is full of hills and expansive plains.

    Southern Italy extends from Baia Domizia to the Gulf of Naples. Campania is hilly, with flat coastal regions. The southern Italian Apennines are lower than the northern mountains, and the Appennino Neapolitano gently merges into the softly rolling hills surrounding Sorrento. The islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida in the Tyrrhenian Sea also belong to Campania. In Puglia, volcanic hills and secluded moors characterize the landscape. And there are still active volcanoes in southern Italy: Mount Vesuvius to the east of Naples is one of the largest volcanoes in Europe. Calabria, the “toe” of Italy’s “boot,” is sparsely populated and heavily forested.

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    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Language

    The state language is Italian. South Tyrol is officially a bilingual province, where German is the language mainly spoken. In Trentino, Ladin is taught in some schools.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices.

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2019 – December 2020 period.

    2019

    Capodanno (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2019
    Epifania (Epiphany): 6 January 2019
    Pasqua (Easter Sunday): 21 April 2019
    Lunedì dell’Angelo (Easter Monday): 22 April 2019
    Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day): 25 April 2019
    Festa del Lavoro (Labour Day): 1 May 2019
    Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day): 2 June 2019
    Assunzione di Maria Vergine (Assumption): 15 August 2019
    Tutti i santi (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2019
    Immacolata Concezione (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2019
    Natale (Christmas Day): 25 December 2019
    Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day): 26 December 2019

    2020

    Capodanno (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2020
    Epifania (Epiphany): 6 January 2020
    Pasqua (Easter Sunday): 12 April 2020
    Lunedì dell’Angelo (Easter Monday): 13 April 2020
    Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day): 25 April 2020
    Festa del Lavoro (Labour Day): 1 May 2020
    Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day): 2 June 2020
    Assunzione di Maria Vergine (Assumption): 15 August 2020
    Tutti i santi (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2020
    Immacolata Concezione (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2020
    Natale (Christmas Day): 25 December 2020
    Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day): 26 December 2020

    All information subject to change.

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    The Aeolian archipelago

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    The great journey: Italy's most beautiful islands

    Glowing lava, bubbling mud pools, enchanting scenery: The gods created seven islands off the northern coast of Sicily. Each one is very different from the next, but all have a direct line to the underworld. The Aeolian Archipelago, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, is part of a volcanic chain stretching from Mount Vesuvius to Mount Etna. Join us on a trip through the islands, where we encounter fishermen, fire spewers and a pool of stars fallen from the sky.

    Day 1 – Tour of Salina: An island with real character

    Clara Rametta’s guardian angel must certainly have its hands full. Why? Because Clara, as everyone on Salina calls her, still drives a car – or at least what’s left of her 20-year-old Suzuki Santana. Inside, the plastic fittings are full of holes; outside, the rust has eaten through the white paint in many places and the tires are so bald they are just crying out to be replaced. “I love my Jeep,” the dynamic 61-year-old protests, revving the engine. With Clara at the wheel, every cat and dog on the streets of Salina had better run for cover because the mother of two drives fast and takes little notice of traffic signs.

    Clara runs the Signum hotel in Malfa. She also organizes a caper festival and a film festival, and co-founded the Museum of Emigration in Malfa. “I just can’t sit still,” she explains “I never could as a child, either.”

    Clara grew up on Salina, then moved to Rome and to the United States, but couldn’t shake her homesickness, which only grew stronger. So she returned to the greenest of the Aeolian Islands, the only one with natural freshwater springs.

    Today she is on her way to see Salvatore D’Amico in Leni for some shopping. The 64-year-old produces capers, olive oil and wine. The lava soil on Salina is very rich in minerals. “Wine produced from grapes grown here has lots of character,” D’Amico says, “I can taste the difference.” Some evenings, Rametta drives out to Pollara, a village on the west coast of Salina. Here, some 13000 years ago, a volcanic crater tipped halfway into the sea, creating a natural amphitheater. The movie Il Postino: The Postman was filmed in Pollara in the 1990s. Clara comes here to find peace. Her guardian angel must enjoy it here, too.

    Day 2 – Salina/Panarea/Stromboli: Warm greetings from the underworld

    It’s early morning, and the water laps gently against the quay in Santa Marina Salina as a hydrofoil appears in the distance. These fast boats connect the Aeolian Islands with each other, serving people as buses. But when the weather is bad, they sometimes don’t run for days on end. Luckily, it’s a nice day today. Tourists and local people board, some of them bound for Panarea, the smallest of the main Aeolian Islands, but most are heading for Stromboli, the only active volcano in the archipelago. It actually spits out lava every 20 minutes or so, and you can spot the clouds of smoke above the crater from a long way off.

    “We have a lot of respect for Stromboli,” says Domenico Russo, “we know how dangerous it can be.” The 91-year-old is sitting on the terrace of the La Sirenetta hotel, not far from the Dolce & Gabbana estate. Russo experienced the raw force of the volcano when it erupted on September 11, 1930, spewing smoke that turned the sky black, shrouded the island in ash and killed three people.

    Russo never willingly climbed the volcano, but on two occasions, when high winds forced his ship to land on the far side of the island, that was the only way home.

    Russo married the island doctor’s daughter, became a teacher and moved to Rome, but has always returned each summer to Stromboli. “I know many islands, but this one is special. Everywhere, you can sense its power and energy,” the old man explains, “I feel a lot fitter when I’m here.” It was the movie Stromboli, starring Ingrid Bergman, that turned the island into a legend. Russo actually met the actress in 1949, when she came to the island for three months and rented his sister’s house. During the shoot, she and director Roberto Rossellini began their famous love affair – an absolute scandal because both of them were married. “She was so young and pretty, we couldn’t understand what she saw in Rossellini,” Russo recalls.

    Day 3 – Stromboli/Lipari: Spurred on by anger

    A new day breaks and we visit a new island: Lipari. Its volcanoes have been dormant for 1300 years, but there’s a bright sparkle in Francesco D’Ambra’s eyes. The blond, curly-headed 54-year-old (stage name Figliodoro, golden son) is sitting in a cafe in the fishing harbor, trying to put his life into words. This is no easy task because it has taken so many twists and turns. As a young man, D’Ambra left Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, and went to Cannes. He worked as a dishwasher, met Anthony Quinn and began to dream of becoming an actor. Back on Lipari, he set fire to the town hall. “I wanted to protest against injustice,” he explains, “I was a very angry young man.” He was arrested, served his time and on his release, began working as a fisherman – until he started feeling sorry for the fish he caught. After trying all kinds of odd jobs, he opened a barbeque on Praia Vinci beach, but the beach has been closed since 2010, when a couple of tremors caused some rocks to fall.

    D’Ambra doesn’t need a lot of money to get by: “I’m rich,” he says, “because I have nothing.” But his dream of acting has come true. He has played in a handful of films, including Kaos, made by the brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. He has also worked with Vittorio’s daughter, Giovanna. If all goes to plan, he will play a fisherman in her next film, and he would like to direct a movie about werewolves someday. Until then, he’s content to bide his time and hope Praia Vinci will soon reopen. Something will come up, it always does. D’Ambra is still angry, but today his anger helps him to live his life, he says – it helps him to survive.

    Day 4 – Lipari/Alicudi/Filicudi/Lipari: Fantastic islands and island fantasies

    Lipari awakens slowly. Small shops open up, tourists wander through the narrow, winding streets leading from the old fortress down to the harbor, where the Eolian Star is casting off. Its passengers have booked a tour of the islands: from Lipari to Alicudi and Filicudi, and back to Lipari. Seen from the water, the island looks surprisingly wild. In fact, the entire archipelago has lost none of its rugged charm: everywhere the eye can see, lava rock formations and small houses and towns dotted with cactuses, and orange, lemon and almond trees. No sign of highrise hotels or other architectural sins. That’s because the Aeolian Islands have strict laws stipulating that a new building may only be built on the site of an old one. This is why it’s expensive to buy property on the islands, which have roughly 14000 inhabitants. Not that the islanders were always well off – far from it. Stricken with poverty, thousands packed up and left.

    An hour later, the Eolian Star docks in Alicudi, the most westerly of the main Aeolian Islands, which has a total population of just 100. There’s just a handful of cars parked on the quay because the island only has a couple of meters of asphalt road. Donkeys carry sacks of cement to a building site. A path of lava rock leads up the slope away from the water toward small shops and flat-roofed houses. It’s wonderfully quiet up here, no sound except for the wind, the waves and the twittering of birds. What would it be like to leave everything behind and move here forever? The island makes you think about such things. It’s hard to resist its call.

    Day 5 – Lipari/Vulcano: At home on the sea

    The lives of the the Aeolian islanders (Aeolus was the Greek god of wind), are influenced by the elements – and it shows. “I love the sea, it gives you so much,” says Bartolomeo Greco “if I spend too much time on land I start to feel uncomfortable.” The 43-year-old fisherman and father of three sails his motor boat along the coast toward Vulcano, apart from Stromboli the only active volcano in the archipelago. Thousands of fragments of pumice stone float in the water, washed there by the heavy rainfall several days before. Like the other fishermen here, Greco doesn’t use a dragnet, but the fish in the deep waters around the islands are nevertheless becoming scarce because of the vast quantities of plastic trash and other waste that causes the death of dolphins and sea turtles, in particular. “What I wish for most is for people to respect the sea and to protect it,” says Greco.

    Greco is a religious man and always crosses himself before setting out in his boat. He has often found himself at God’s mercy, when the wind whipped up giant waves and each gust was stronger than the last. In the harbor of Vulcano, in Roman mythology the forge of the god of fire, yellowish-beige boulders gleam in the sunlight as we approach Vulcano harbor. Hot steam rises from giant holes in the ground, the air smells like rotten eggs, like hell, like sulfur. Dozens of visitors are lying in a natural fango pool, in hopes of feeling the mud’s therapeutic effect. This volcano, Fossa, last erupted in 1890 and has been dormant ever since. A cloud of steam clearly visible above the cone indicates that the fire is still smoldering deep in the earth.

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    Nightlife in Catania

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    With a lively student population, Catania is well catered for, with dozens of bars and cafés offering a good mix of music and drinking.

    For bar hopping head to Via Alessi, Via Collegiata, Via Vasta, Via Mancini and Piazza Spirito Santo. Most places are closed on Monday.

    Agorà Bar

    Piazza Currò 6
    95121 Catania
    Italy
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    A hostel bar in an atmospheric subterranean cave complete with its own river.

    Teatro Massimo Bellini

    Via Perrotta 12
    95131 Catania
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    This art nouveau theatre stages a year-round programme of opera and music.

    Zo

    Piazzale Asia 6
    95129 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 816 8912
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    A cultural centre hosting club nights, film screenings and dance workshops.

    La Lomax

    Via Fornai 44
    95121 Catania
    Italy
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    A lively multi-purpose venue with a great range of club nights and art exhibitions.

    Razmataz Wine Bar

    Via Montesano 17
    95131 Catania
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    Enjoy Sicilian wines by the glass in this cosy art nouveau bar.

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    Restaurants in Catania

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    With a demanding resident population, eating out in Catania is a pleasure, where pretension is set aside for quality. Aside from classic Sicilian dishes such as pasta alla Norma

    (pasta with basil, aubergine and ricotta) or Arancini (baked riceballs), there’s a dynamic street food scene.

    Il Cuciniere

    Via Luigi Capuana 145
    95129 Catania
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Exquisitely prepared tasting menus in a romantic dining room with patio garden.

    Osteria Antica Marina

    Via Pardo
    95131 Catania
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A rustic-style trattoria with exposed stone walls and first-class fish.

    Le Tre Bocche

    Via Mario Sangiorgi 7
    95129 Catania
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    Price: Moderate

    Tradition at its best – try the pasta with artichokes and bottarga (mullet roe).

    Verona e Bonvegna

    Via Asiago 60
    95127 Catania
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Famous for its pastries, cannoli and creamy gelato.

    Locanda Cerami

    Via Crociferi 69
    95124 Catania
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    Price: Cheap

    Sizzling pizza at outdoor tables framed by a baroque church.

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    St Agatha Festival (Festa di Sant’Agata)

    3 – 5 February 2019

    Venue: Throughout Catania

    Crowds cram Catania’s streets for this important religious festival. The first day begins with a procession led by candelore, towering, intricate columns filled with candles. The bust of St Agatha is carried through the city on day two, returning to the cathedral at dawn with a glittering fireworks display.

    Carnivale di Acireale

    23 February – 5 March 2019
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    Venue: Acireale, 17 km northeast of Catania

    Familiar faces from politics, film, music and cartoons are among the fantastical gigantic papier-mâché creations gliding through the streets in Acireale’s spectacular carnival, up the coast from Catania. Vividly painted floats compete for prizes over several days of fabulous parades.

    Gold Elephant World (International Film and Musical Festival)

    April 2019
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    Venue: Various venues

    Awards for Best Film, Best Musical and Best Short Film are all up for grabs at this cultural competition. Sicily’s striking landscape is under the spotlight too, with special tourist itineraries revealing movie locations across the island, including Savoca, where scenes from The Godfather were shot.

    Nivarata

    May 2019
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    Venue: Acireale, 17 km northeast of Catania

    Ice-cream manufacturers descend on Acireale (around half an hour’s drive from Catania) for this three-day festival dedicated to Sicilian granita, an icy, slushy sorbet-like concoction made with water, sugar and flavourings such as lemon juice. Pros compete for awards and visitors can sample the best at special tasting stands.

    Madonna del Carmelo Festival (Festa della Madonna del Carmelo)

    16 July 2019

    Venue: Church of Maria SS Annunziata al Carmine, Piazza Carlo Alberto

    Catania’s second biggest religious celebration (after the Festa di St Agata) is held in honour of the Madonna del Carmine. Special masses are held every day, and on 16 July, a figure of the Madonna is carried through the streets in an illuminated procession, accompanied by brass bands and fireworks.

    Catania Tango Festival

    9 – 18 August 2019
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    Venue: Various venues

    Passion, drama, sexy costumes and sizzling dance moves make for an extraordinary nine days at this annual dance fiesta. Pros lead daily workshops and seminars, while evenings are given over to milongas, with sensational, highly energetic displays of fiery tango.

    Trailers Film Fest

    October 2019
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    Venue: Various venues

    This is no ordinary film festival. It’s the only festival awarding prizes to the year’s best movie trailers, with 30 trailers competing in three categories: Italy, Europe and World. Fans and professionals mingle at creative workshops, test screenings and trailer premieres.

    Christmas in Catania

    6 Dezember 2019 – 6 January 2020

     

    Venue: Various venues

    Over four weeks, Catania’s museums, libraries, outdoor squares, churches and historical buildings play host to a terrific programme of concerts, art exhibitions, musical shows, film screenings and theatrical performances. Kids can fire their imaginations at creative workshops and shoppers can pick up treats at seasonal markets.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Catania

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    Catania’s hotels cater to businessmen and students so they vary between large and corporate or small and cheap.

    In recent years a few more independent bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels have opened their doors.

    Romano House Hotel

    Piazza Federico II di Svevia
    95121 Catania
    Italy
    Tel: +39 095 345 830
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    Category: Expensive

    Sleek, neutral, modern rooms accentuate the elegant bones of this baroque palace.

    Il Principe Hotel

    Via Alessi 20-26
    95124 Catania
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    Category: Expensive

    A grand, period hotel with huge rooms and an in-house spa.

    Hotel La Ville

    Via Claudio Monteverde 15
    95131 Catania
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    Category: Moderate

    An apartment-hotel with large, period rooms and fully serviced flats.

    Agathae Hotel

    Via Etnea 229
    95124 Catania
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    Category: Moderate

    A small, bijou hotel in an art nouveau villa with a pretty roof terrace.

    Gresi Hotel

    Via Pacini 28
    95131 Catania
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    Category: Cheap

    Super central budget hotel with Liberty-style rooms and faux-period furnishings.

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    107.6 °F

    53.6 °F

    105.8 °F

    50 °F

    93.2 °F

    37.4 °F

    84.2 °F

    35.6 °F

    84.2 °F

    33.8 °F

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    75 mm

    53 mm

    46 mm

    35 mm

    19 mm

    6 mm

    5 mm

    9 mm

    45 mm

    106 mm

    62 mm

    86 mm

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    4 h

    5 h

    6 h

    7 h

    8 h

    9 h

    10 h

    9 h

    8 h

    6 h

    5 h

    4 h

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    73 %

    71 %

    70 %

    70 %

    68 %

    65 %

    64 %

    67 %

    68 %

    72 %

    75 %

    76 %

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    59 °F

    57.2 °F

    57.2 °F

    59 °F

    62.6 °F

    69.8 °F

    75.2 °F

    77 °F

    75.2 °F

    71.59999999999999 °F

    66.2 °F

    60.8 °F

    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute maxØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan77 °F28.4 °F59 °F41 °F73 %75 mm84.4 h
    Feb75.2 °F30.2 °F60.8 °F41 °F71 %53 mm75.2 h
    Mar82.4 °F28.4 °F62.6 °F42.8 °F70 %46 mm66.2 h
    Apr93.2 °F33.8 °F68 °F46.4 °F70 %35 mm57.2 h
    May96.8 °F41 °F75.2 °F51.8 °F68 %19 mm38.5 h
    Jun113 °F48.2 °F82.4 °F59 °F65 %6 mm19.6 h
    Jul114.8 °F51.8 °F87.8 °F64.4 °F64 %5 mm110.6 h
    Aug107.6 °F53.6 °F89.6 °F66.2 °F67 %9 mm29.7 h
    Sep105.8 °F50 °F84.2 °F62.6 °F68 %45 mm38.2 h
    Oct93.2 °F37.4 °F75.2 °F55.4 °F72 %106 mm76.7 h
    Nov84.2 °F35.6 °F68 °F48.2 °F75 %62 mm55.3 h
    Dec84.2 °F33.8 °F60.8 °F42.8 °F76 %86 mm84.2 h
    year114.8 °F28.4 °F73.4 °F51.8 °F70 %547 mm567.2 h

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +39

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Catania

    Key Areas

    Catania’s main shopping thoroughfare is the long Via Etnea. It is bisected by Viale XX Settembre and Via Umberto, both of which are lined with upmarket shops. For souvenirs and traditional products, head to the small shops around Porta Uzeda.

    Markets

    Catania’s largest market is located in Piazza Carlo Alberto. Here you can buy anything from clothes and bags to jewellery and household items. In the centre of town, La Pescheria is first and foremost a fish market although it has now expanded into nearby lanes where vendors sell fruit, vegetables and meat.

    Shopping Centres

    Catania is ringed with shopping outlets and malls, the largest of which is Etnapolis (Contrada Valcorrente) with over 120 stores. I Portali (Viale Cristoforo Colombo) is another large outlet mall while the Catania Mall (Viale Del Commercio), northwest of the centre, features high-end brands. South of the centre in the industrial area of Misterbianco are Centro Sicilia (Strada Provinciale 54) and Galleria Auchen (Via Gelso Bianco).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The Roman Catholic church still plays an important role in Italy and has a strong influence on the country’s social structures. Family ties tend to be much stronger here than in many other European countries.

    Casual clothing is common, but beachwear belongs on the beach. Appropriate clothing is expected when entering a church. Written invitations generally indicate whether a suit or a tuxedo/evening gown is required.

    Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings and on public transportation in Italy, as well as in movie theaters, restaurants and bars. Bars and restaurants are permitted to set up smoking areas, however.

    Tipping is not common in restaurants. Service charges, VAT and tourist tax are included in hotel bills. However, a tip of around €5 per week for chambermaids is customary. Restaurant bills generally include a standard charge for the tableware and bread (pane e coperto). Particularly satisfied customers are welcome to leave an additional tip on the table. Tipping is not expected in taxis, either.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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