Catania is one of the most picturesque cities in Sicily as its landscape is dominated by Mount Etna - an active volcano that gives the city its suggestive lava-rock foundations.
Catania is Sicily’s second-biggest city and forms a vital part of the island's economy, being a major port as well as a travel hub thanks to its international airport. Many seek out Catania for their Sicily vacation as it offers a diversity of activities to enjoy, such as lapping up the sun on one of the city beaches, hiking Mount Etna, wine tasting in the volcanic foothills or taking in the city's sublime architectural treasures.
The beloved patroness of Catania is Saint Agatha, who is celebrated annually in early February during one of the most elaborate and popular religious festivals in the world. This is a wonderful time to visit Catania if you would like to enjoy a winter vacation in Sicily as the city comes alive with suggestive processions, street markets, cultural events, firework displays and decorative lights spread throughout the city. It truly is a wonderful time to soak up the magic of Catania!
If you would prefer a summer vacation, we highly recommend enjoying a walking tour of Mount Etna, which dominates the cityscape with its imposing stature. Not only is a walking tour of the volcano a wonderful way to enjoy sublime sea views, rare wildlife and unique geological features, it also has a cooler climate, which may be welcome during the hot Sicily summer!