Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily
facing the Ionian Sea, between Messina and Syracuse
. It is the capital of the homonymous province, the second-largest city in Sicily and the tenth in Italy. Vacation rental accommodation in Catania are minutes away from the Catania Seaport, the Catania Fontanarossa International Airport, the central train station and the Sicilian motorway system.
As well as ruins from the ancient city, the town boasts a wealth of fine Baroque architecture. One of the best Roman structures near historic apartment rentals, condo rentals and villa rentals is the Roman Theatre
in Via Vittorio Emanuele next to the round Odeon
, a smaller auditorium. Close by in Via Rotonda, the church of Santa Maria della Rotonda
is founded on the remains of Roman baths
. The lava-and-marble Roman Amphitheater
, part of which can be seen in Piazza Stesicoro
, dates to the second century AD.
Among Catania's more recent sights are the many Baroque churches and palazzi located close to vacation rental lodging and villas, including the heavily-peopled facade of Palazzo Biscari
. The Museo Civico
in the stumpy grey fortress of Castello Ursino
houses a range of exhibits from all eras of Catania's history.
The Baroque city centre of Catania is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Piazza del Duomo
is Catania's principal square and most of the town's vacation rental accommodations are close by. In the centre is a much-photographed eighteenth-century lava statue of an elephant, supporting an Egyptian obelisk. The Duomo
itself is one of Catania's grandest sights.
In close proximity to eclectic apartment rentals, condo rentals and villa rentals you will find the town's theatre, Teatro Massimo Bellini
with its grand frontage and lavish interior. Its name honours local hero Vincenzo Bellini, the composer whose opera Norma gives its name to one of the culinary specialties of the region. The Museo Civico Belliniano
contains mementos from all stages of the composer's short life. Also named after him is an ornamental public park, Villa Bellini
, situated in walking distance from vacation rental accommodations.
Catania’s vacation rentals are dramatically situated between the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna
, Europe's greatest active volcano
. When staying in apartment rental, condo rental and villa rental accommodation in Catania, plan to visit the small towns around the National Park
. The Circumetnea
is a small railway line which circles the base of the volcano, leaving from Catania and terminating in Riposto.
Catania’s apartment rental, condo rental and villa rental accommodations are an ideal place to enjoy the serenity of nature and the exploration of ancient monuments, historical churches and museums. Vacation rentals are a cost effective holiday option for families with children or romantic getaways.