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Catania is a city on the east coast of the autonomous Italian island of Sicily, and is a boisterous and energetic tourist hub within the Mediterranean. Beginning as a Greek colony in the 8th century BC, Catania has had a diverse history, having seen occupation by the likes of the Romans, Byzantines, Ostrogoths, and Normans. Today the city is a bustling destination which lives in the shadow of Mount Etna, an active stratovolcano. Go for an afternoon walk through the city and you will quickly discover thriving fish markets, baroque architecture, and hundreds of bars, clubs, and restaurants. It can be difficult finding your ideal hotel in Catania when there are so many to choose from. With the help of Venere, booking your ideal hotel is much simpler with the aid of user-submitted hotel reviews, room photo galleries, and our handy interactive map for checking out the local area.

What's Catania Like?

The historical city center of Catania is bristling with plenty of modern attractions to appeal to anyone. One of the most popular attractions in the city is Monastero dei Benedettini (Benedictine Monastery), a 17th century neo-Classical building with marble walls and intricate works of art. The Anfiteatro Romano (Roman Amphitheater) is a 2,000-year-old open air theater with an exposed tunnel network, so you can see where the citizens and actors alike would have walked. Stabilimento Balneare Le Capannine (The beach huts) is the place to be for some sun, sea, and sand. For an afternoon of shopping, you can visit A' Piscaria Mercato del Pesce (Piscaria fish market) or Mercato di piazza (Market of Piazza) to try some of the local cuisine.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Catania

Catania enjoys a Mediterranean climate which results in dry, hot summers and pleasantly mild winters. The summer months of June to August can see temperatures rise as high as 115° Fahrenheit during heatwaves, although 90° Fahrenheit is typically the average temperature during the early afternoon. The local populace speak Sicilian, which although it may sound similar to Italian, it is essentially a language unto itself. As the city is popular among tourists, many of the locals, and most, if not all, of the local vendors and restaurant staff, will speak English. The Italian mainland is just a short ferry ride away, and the Circumetnea railway line stops by local towns such as Randazzo, Adrano, and Bronte. While in the city, try some of the local specialty cuisine, such as Granita (a semi-frozen sugary dessert) or coal-fired horse meat, sold at many market stalls throughout Catania.