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Catania is located on the east coast of Sicily and is the second largest city on the island. Being a prominent hub for tourism, industry and technology has earned it the deserving nickname of ‘European Silicon Valley’. Catania has historically been at the heart of seismic activity in the region, Mount Etna, the famous volcano, has been known to bury the entire city with lava at least seven times in recorded history. In spite of such natural disasters, Catania has re-emerged as one of the most important cities in the area and is currently an industrial giant. The Elephant Fountain at Piazza Duomo and the sandy white beaches of La Plaja are major attractions in the area.
The petrochemical industry is one of the major employers in Catania. The headquarters and serviced offices of large companies such as STMicroelectronics are situated in the area. The American Naval Air Station Sigonella is located close to Catania, providing a significant economic boost to the entire region. A contemporary commercial and retail centre known as Etnapolis is the hub for most of the retail activity in the city.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The Norman Cathedral is a striking building and is well worth visiting when in Catania. The Teatro Massimo opera house is also a great entertainment venue where you can not only enjoy fantastic performances, but also get to mingle with many young locals who consider it an important meeting place in the city. Being a thriving port city, the fish and seafood in Catania is excellent. Sicilia and L’Angolo della Chef are two of the more popular restaurants where you can get a taste of seafood cooked in traditional Sicilian style. Spinella Pasticceria is renowned for its fast food, especially its cakes and espresso.
The closest airport is Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, providing connectivity to numerous destinations across Italy and Europe. Frequent bus services offer easy access to the airport from the city centre. The main railway station is within walking distance of the city centre, with access to several places in the vicinity. There are numerous ferry services that can be used to get to Catania from other Italian centres such as Naples and Genova. Getting around Catania is very easy thanks to the frequent bus services within the city.