Catania CT, Italy

Catania CT, Italy

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Mamma mia, Catania is one beautiful city

Tucked away in the foothills of Mount Etna on Sicily's eastern coast, this sprawling, ancient metropolis (well, kind of) is the island's second largest city after Palermo. Climb the volcanic slopes of the most famous (and temperamental) volcano in Europe, embrace the city's beautiful baroque architecture, or just explore the bustling markets in the old town. And don't miss a selfie with the iconic Elephant Fountain or a performance at Teatro Massimo,a 19th-century opera house. A Catania vacation rental makes a great base for exploring the region.

It's Joe Public versus the Volcano in Catania

Catania's rather precarious position under Europe's most volatile volcano means that folks here tend to celebrate every day with festivals, music, and general good vibes. The city has become renowned for its great food, ancient history, and vibrant nightlife. At the heart of the UNESCO-listed center is the baroque Piazza del Duomo, where you'll find La Pescheria, a buzzy fish market, and many shops, cool bars, and rustic, family-run restaurants. If you're feeling energetic and brave, you can book a walking tour of Mount Etna.

Find elephants that never forget in Catania

Thanks to Etna, Catania has been rebuilt many, many times, hence the varying styles of architecture. Book a Catania vacation rental near Piazza dei Duomo, and you'll be within walking distance of some of the city's most famous sights. The Elephant Fountain, designed by Giovanni Battista Vaccarini, is a symbol of the city and an essential selfie spot. Another must-see is the Teatro Massimo Bellini, a 19th-century opera house named after local composer Vincenzo Bellini. If you can, catch a classic opera like Don Giovanni to get the most out of the theater's dramatic Sicilian-baroque interiors.

Hot in the city—Catania gets steamy in the summertime

Sicily attracts the best of Italy's weather. In the summer, temperatures can reach a blistering 90-plus degrees, and many locals ditch the city to spend August on the beach, which means that many shops and restaurants are closed for the month. That said, it's still best to book your Catania vacation rentals well in advance. Spring and fall are equally nice times to visit. The sun still shines, temperatures are a comfortable 70 degrees, and, apart from the odd rare shower, it mostly stays dry. Winter is cooler still, although rarely enough to snow, so remember to pack extra layers.

Get sparky on Europe's most famous (and active) volcano

The second largest of Sicily's main cities, Catania sits on the eastern shores of the island under the gaze of Mount Etna. Europe's most famous volcano is a dream destination for the island's hiking brigade, and there are numerous guided tours to choose from. Hike to the summit at 11,000 feet and you'll earn the most spectacular views. Just watch out for telltale sparks! If you don't fancy the walk, there's also a cable car that climbs up to 6,500 feet. While most natural wildlife has been wiped out by hunters (or eruptions), you may still spot the odd squirrel, fox, or porcupine.