Among the most beautiful areas to visit in Sicily there is the Ionian one, between Syracuse, Catania, Taormina and Messina. An area rich in art and landscape.
The eastern area of Sicily is served by two airports, Catania and the new airport of Comiso. We recommend that you start your tour of the island from the city of Catania.
Suspended between the sea and the imposing volcano Etna, Catania attracts every year thousands of tourists from all over the world to admire its artistic heritage, to dive into its sea or to make excursions on Etna that, because of its frequent eruptive activity, draws the attention of many people. The tourist target of Catania goes from the youngest to the most mature people. The city is a university and is for this reason rich in pubs and discos, a strong attraction for a young audience and looking for fun. For those who want to spend a holiday in Sicily in a place that is both lively and interesting at the same time, Catania is the right destination.
The Bellini airport is only 5 km from the centre of Catania and connects the city with the main national and international airports in the medium range. Many low cost flights that operate connections with Catania, great solution for those who want to go on vacation with an eye to the wallet. Once in Catania, if you have not done so before, you will have to look for a place to sleep. There are plenty of places to sleep in Catania. You can choose between bed and breakfast, holiday homes, hotels, residences and apartments. Hotels in Catania range from 5-star hotels to the cheapest ones. The choice to stay overnight in the center of Catania is definitely valid if you want to travel around the historic center without means. An accommodation in the center allows you to reach in a few minutes the main moments of the city.
One of the most interesting points of Catania is certainly the Teatro Massimo Bellini, inaugurated with the Norma, the famous opera by the composer from Catania, on May 31, 1890. Inside there is a large room that houses a statue of Bellini and frescoes depicting the works and life of the composer.
Not to be missed is a visit to the nearby Cathedral of Sant’Agata, dedicated to the patron saint of the city of Etna and located in the square of the same name. The church of Sant’Agata, as well as the Duomo and many other churches, are magnificent examples of the Baroque style so present in the architecture of the city.
If during your tour of Catania you want to relax you can walk along the famous Via Etnea, full of shops, restaurants and clubs. Walking along this long street you can reach the Bellini Garden, a real oasis of peace and relaxation especially during the hottest months. Villa Bellini houses rare botanical species and is the venue for numerous events throughout the year.