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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Volcano
“Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, stands about 3,300 meters between Catania and Taormina. It erupts regularly, and since 2002 visitors are not allowed to climb to the top of any of its four craters (hiking up is allowed). Regular buses depart for Etna from Catania”
  • 77 locals recommend
  • 35 Experiences
River
“Immersed in nature and surrounded by mountains, this park perfectly represents the Sicilian side that goes beyond beaches and monument. Easily reachable from the motorway Catania-Messina, the Gorges of Alcantara river are stunningly set among rocks, with very clear (but also very cold!) waters where you can immerse your feet.”
  • 99 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Castle
“After visiting the Castello Ursino you will have the opportunity to eat in one of the many restaurants of Sicilian cuisine that are there.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Park
“Etna is great for hiking and viewing the volcano, and there are restaurants too. Skiing is possible in the winter. Go properly equipped with boots and warm clothes even in summertime! ”
  • 89 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Road
“Via Etnea is the main street of the historic center of Catania and it's the shopping street. Nearby there are many restaurants , bars, pubs and pizzerias .”
  • 59 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Water Park
“Etnaland consists of three kinds of amusement parks: one Acqua park with water slides and lots of different pools, one Prehistoric park with replicas of dinosaurs and one theme park with roller coasters and rides. Here you can easily spend a whole day. Tickets: Adults €25, children €20”
  • 73 locals recommend
Plaza
“A splendid circuit of Sicilian Baroque masterpieces characterizes the scene in the Piazza del Duomo at the heart of Catania.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Opera House
“Teatro Massimo Bellini is the musical heart of Catania. Different types of high-class performances are held continuously and the theater is well-visited. In the square in front of the theater there are a lot of lounge bar where you can drink a beer, a glass of wine or cocktails ”
  • 47 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Ski Lodge
“There are many ways to experience Mt ETNA . Get by you car at Rifugio Sapienza on the south east slopes of the volcano , up to 2000 mt from sea level. If you wish to continue further cable car and Unimog are available. ”
  • 72 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Church
“Festa of Saint Agatha is one of the biggest Christian celebrations in the world with around 1 million of participants every year.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Road
“One of the most beautiful and fascinating streets of Catania. Breathtaking churches”
  • 50 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Establishment
“Right in front of our flat, this huge former monastery hosts the Faculty of Literature. Take a guided tour, you'll be shown parts that you would not be allowed to access by yourself!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Café
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“Savia and Spinella are the best bar in Catania. Try almond and pistachio granita with brioches for breakfast or cipollina and arancino for a fast lunch and all the amazing sweets.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The largest necropolis in Europe and one of the wildest areas of South Sicily, the perfect place to go hiking and discover the ancient traces of the original sicilian population.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“The Bellini garden is one of the two oldest gardens and one of the four main parks of Catania. Locally it is often referred to simply as "'a Villa"”
  • 32 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“If you are tired of the city rythms and you also want a nice view of Mount Etna, climb on top of the hill hosting the music pavillion”
  • 38 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience