When you think of Mount Etna in Sicily, you picture vast swathes of beautiful, natural land and not much else. But, sitting at the foot of the giant volcano is the enchanting city of Catania, the second largest city on the Mediterranean island. It’s a wonderful place to explore for food and history lovers alike, or those who just enjoy admiring beautiful sights. We’ve picked 5 more of our favourite places to visit in Catania, so climb in to one of the taxis from Catania airport and get exploring!
Via de Crociferi
Four beautiful and quintessentially Baroque churches are found on this small but characterful street, each packed with astonishing paintings and frescoes. The Church of San Benedetto is my particular favourite as there is so much to see inside you could easily spend hours there. The stunning Villa Cerami sits at the end of the street, and now houses the University of Catania’s Faculty of Law.
Even those without a passion for archaeology will regret not visiting this oval theatre. Dating all the way back to the 2nd century AD, it’s made of lava stone, brick and marble. Excavations began in the 20th century, meaning you can now get some spectacular selfies sat on the steps of the theatre, taking in its whole wonder.
Not far from Piazza Duomo, this fish market is definitely a must-visit for food lovers. Strolling through the stalls taking in all the delicious smells and eye-catching colours, the best quality seafood can be found amidst the exciting chatter of the stallholders.
This restaurant serves fantastic wine but it also has a little secret. It houses a natural lava cave with the Amenano river running right through its basement. Talk about dinner with a view! The river was buried by lava centuries ago and Agora Hostel is one of the few places in the city where you can still see it. It is also open 24 hours so you can pop in for a bite to eat and some amazing photos whatever time you feel like.
San Giovanni li Cuti
It’s hard to go on holiday and not visit a beach at least once, and this is the one you definitely want to be heading to. Volcanic activity has created black rocks and ash on the beach, creating a stunning natural landscape right in the city. Local fishermen harbour their quaint wooden boats on the shores, making the view a wonderful place to rest your feet and take in the heat.
How to Get There
EasyJet fly direct to Catania from £46 each way from London Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Bristol, and it only takes around 3 hours. For taxis from Catania airport, Shuttle Direct are the people you can rely on to get you there safely. You can pre-book a private car or a shared bus, both at competitive prices, making organising taxis from Catania airport so simple.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for the most affordable taxis from Catania airport and back, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.