Sicily’s second largest city is an attraction of experiences and impressions for the senses. The sea and Mount Etna, the gigantic volcano, set its limits. It looks like the volcano is the guardian of the city although the city has not stopped reinventing itself after multiple eruptions and earth quakes. Catania, founded by the Greeks in the 8th century BC, is blue and cobalt, and plain: it extends from the mountain as a sheet until reaching the Ionian Sea. It is a mixture of culture, nostalgic and joy. If you are a lover of gastronomy prepared to be delighted with the mixture of local products. Not every thing that glitters in Italy is pasta: discover the local Arancini, (stuffed fried rice balls) a taste explosion. Enjoy the spectacular architecture of its wide streets. Sit in the Piazza del Duomo and open your eyes, real wide, and just enjoy.
During the month of December via Minoriti in Catania transforms into a handmade market with a predominant Christmas theme. This place is now known as being synonymous with Christmas Markets for the Catanese people and anyone lucky enough to visit during what is, without a doubt, the most magical time of the year, Christmas season!
The Festival of the Dead is still celebrated today, on the 2nd November and incorporates many different traditions and customs from other areas of Sicily.
The coastline between Aci Castello and Acireale in the province of Catania is particularly rich in volcanic rock formations that are definitely very picturesque.