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Catania enjoys an excellent location which allows access to all different kinds of activities and sightseeing. The main city itself is on the east coast, therefore benefiting from the legendary Ionian Sea on one side and the spectular active volcano Mount Etna on the other. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is the tallest active volcano in Europe. It is in an almost constant state of activity and frequently provides Sicilians with spectacular lava shows.

 

Catania is a bustling city that is home to awe-inspiring Roman ruins and majestic Baroque churches. The Duomo (Cathedral) in the centre of the city is a fine example of this Baroque architecture and is home to the Chapel of Saint Agata, the patron saint of Catania. Every year the city holds an enormous festival in February in her honour. 

 

Also in the Piazza Duomo lies 'U Liotru' the elephant fountain featuring an ancient lava stone elephant statue which has become the city's symbol. The University of Catania is the oldest university in Sicily and dates back to 1434. La Plaia beach is a stretch of miles of golden sand running along the gulf of Catania and the city is also home to the island's largest international airport allowing easy access.

 

There are many beautiful fishing towns along the coast of Catania and many quaint and traditional market towns located further inland.