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Sicily’s second largest city is an attraction of experiences and impressions for the senses. The sea and Mount Etna, the gigantic volcano, set its limits. It looks like the volcano is the guardian of the city although the city has not stopped reinventing itself after multiple eruptions and earth quakes. Catania, founded by the Greeks in the 8th century BC, is blue and cobalt, and plain: it extends from the mountain as a sheet until reaching the Ionian Sea. It is a mixture of culture, nostalgic and joy. If you are a lover of gastronomy prepared to be delighted with the mixture of local products. Not every thing that glitters in Italy is pasta: discover the local Arancini, (stuffed fried rice balls) a taste explosion. Enjoy the spectacular architecture of its wide streets. Sit in the Piazza del Duomo and open your eyes, real wide, and just enjoy.
Main City Rome
Surface 180 km²
«The sea has not even a country, and belongs to all who are listening«. Catania has a relationship with the sea that is as deep as it is complicated. Giovanni Verga, already knew this, when in his line from «I Malavoglia« or «Unwillingness« quoted above, he describes a custom that people from Catania get used to doing already from childhood: looking out at sea.
For years, we have bragged about being the birthplace of a national water polo team that was capable of winning everything there was to be won. Recently, we've been very content about a young gymnast from Catania who went all the way to the Olympics. I, however, believe that sport in Catania has the potential to be something even more.
It is said that Catania is a party every day. The Sicilians have a happy and open way, and adding to that, Catania is a favourite destination for Erasmus students and young people in general. So with this combination, could you imagine missing its vibrant nightlife? The main night activities happen in the centre, in its vibrant streets where multitudes of bars, pubs and terraces can be found. One terrace that is worth exploring is the bar at Hostal Agorá which brings together both locals as well as visitors. Try one of the local Sicilian specialities, the original ‘vino de Mandorla’ (almond wine) or enjoy a refreshing beer. The night is awaiting you.