Catania attractions

Top Choice Market in Catania

La Pescheria

Catania's raucous fish market, which takes over the streets behind Piazza del Duomo every workday morning, is street theatre at its most thrilling. Tables groan under the weight of decapitated swordfish, ruby-pink p…
Top Choice Theatre in Catania

Teatro Massimo Bellini

A few blocks northeast of the duomo, is Catania's dashing opera. Completed in 1890 and made for homegrown composer Vincenzo Bellini, the building's interiors are suitably lavish, from the stucco-and-marble extravaga…
Top Choice Church in Catania

Complesso Monumentale Monastero delle Benedettine

The Complesso Monumentale Monastero delle Benedettine covers three adjacent sites: a Benedictine convent, the Chiesa di San Benedetto and the Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia across the street. Top billing goes to t…
Top Choice Monument in Catania

Fontana dell'Elefante

Taking centre stage on Catania's showpiece Piazze del Duomo is the city's most memorable monument, the smiling Fontana dell'Elefante (Fountain of the Elephant; 1736). Made of lava stone and dating from the Roman per…
Square in Catania

Piazza del Duomo

A Unesco World Heritage Site, Catania's central piazza is a set piece of contrasting lava and limestone, surrounded by buildings in the unique local baroque style and crowned by the grand Cattedrale di Sant'Agata. A…
Ruins in Catania

Parco Archeologico Greco Romano

West of Piazza del Duomo lie Catania's most impressive ancient ruins: the remains of a 2nd-century Roman Theatre and its small rehearsal theatre, the Odeon. The ruins are evocatively sited in the thick of a crumblin…
Street in Catania

Via Crociferi

A lovely, tranquil spot for a morning stroll, Via Crociferi is one of Catania's most attractive streets, famous for its exuberant baroque churches and imposing 18th-century palazzi.
Street in Catania

Via Etnea

It's not difficult to see how Catania's main shopping street got its name – on a clear day you can see Mt Etna rising majestically at the end of it. Via Etnea runs straight from Piazza del Duomo up to the foothills …
Cathedral in Catania

Cattedrale di Sant'Agata

Inside the vaulted interior of this cathedral, beyond its impressive marble facade sporting two orders of columns taken from the Roman amphitheatre, lie the relics of the city's patron saint. Its other famous reside…
Museum in Catania

Museo Civico

Housed in the grim-looking 13th-century Castello Ursino, Catania's civic museum holds the valuable Biscari archaeological collection, an extensive booty of paintings, vases and sculpture, and an impressive coin coll…