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Catania
Catania has been a prize of many empires over the centuries, from Greeks to Romans to Arabs to Normans to Spaniards (to name a few). But its citizens have a more dangerous enemy right in their backyard—Mount Etna, Europe's largest and most active volcano, which destroyed the city with earthquakes and lava flows in 1693. Look closely at the baroque buildings dating from after the eruption—you'll notice a creative use of lava.

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Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943
Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943
Owner description: The "Allied Landings in Sicily Museum" (Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943) is housed in one of the buildings forming the "Ciminiere" cultural centre. The museum narrates... more Owner description: The "Allied Landings in Sicily Museum" (Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943) is housed in one of the buildings forming the "Ciminiere" cultural centre. The museum narrates the events that took place in Sicily from 10 July to 8 September 1943. This period is still recent history, only seventy years have passed and many senior citizens can still recount the experience. Everything that we have forgotten is now conserved in this museum which aims to protect our most precious asset: peace. The museum is arranged on three floors covering an area of 3,000 square metres, including a temporary exhibition area. By means of reconstructed settings the museum has tried to recreate the conditions of life before, during and after the war, using simulations, projections and original exhibits. less
Attraction type: History Museums
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Monastero dei Benedettini
Monastero dei Benedettini
Owner description: Il Monastero di San Nicolo l'Arena di Catania (#monasterocatania), gioiello del tardo barocco siciliano e tra i complessi benedettini piu' grandi d'Europa. L'edificio monastico... more Owner description: Il Monastero di San Nicolo l'Arena di Catania (#monasterocatania), gioiello del tardo barocco siciliano e tra i complessi benedettini piu' grandi d'Europa. L'edificio monastico, che nasce nel '500 e si sviluppa fino ai giorni nostri, e' un esempio di integrazione architettonica tra le epoche: contraddistinto da molteplici trasformazioni oggi e' patrimonio mondiale dell'Unesco. Sede del DiSUM (dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche) dell'Universita' degli Studi di Catania, custodisce al suo interno due domus romane, i chiostri e un intero piano costruito da G. B. Vaccarini sopra il banco lavico del 1669. Dal 2010 Officine Culturali, in collaborazione con l'Universita degli Studi di Catania, si occupa della valorizzazione del Monastero dei Benedettini. Il Monastero e' considerato uno dei beni culturali piu' significativi del meridione d'Italia. La missione assunta da Officine Culturali consiste nel rendere accessibile e comprensibile il Monastero nel migliore dei modi e al maggior numero di persone possibile. A tal scopo Officine Culturali ha attivato un'offerta di fruizione variegata e dinamica. Attraverso il servizio di visite guidate giornaliero e' possibile conoscere gli aspetti piu' significativi dell'ex plesso monastico. I percorsi guidati per i piu' piccoli sono arricchiti dai laboratori, dove la narrazione delle "arti e mestieri" benedettini e' svolta in maniera creativa e divertente da professionisti della didattica dell'arte, dell'architettura, delle tradizioni e delle scienze. Oltre al quotidiano svolgimento delle attivita' di promozione, valorizzazione, informazione e accoglienza, Officine Culturali e' promotrice di iniziative ed eventi culturali e di intrattenimento, finalizzati a rendere il Monastero uno spazio di integrazione e aggregazione per la collettivita'. less
Attraction type: History Museums
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Palazzo Biscari
Palazzo Biscari
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites
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Piazza Duomo
Piazza Duomo
Attraction type: Religious Sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Duomo di Catania
Duomo di Catania
Attraction type: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Chiosco Sicilia Seltz
Chiosco Sicilia Seltz
Ranked #1 of 687 Restaurants in Catania
Price: $1 - $8
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Cafe, Pub
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Quick Bites, Drinks, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Street Food, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Mosaik Beer House & Tea Room
Mosaik Beer House & Tea Room
Ranked #2 of 687 Restaurants in Catania
Price: $3 - $7
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks
Verona & Bonvegna
Verona & Bonvegna
Ranked #3 of 687 Restaurants in Catania
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Gelateria Zio Pietro dal 1964
Gelateria Zio Pietro dal 1964
Ranked #4 of 687 Restaurants in Catania
Dining options: Cash Only, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
I Quattro Mari
I Quattro Mari
Ranked #5 of 687 Restaurants in Catania
Price: $11 - $45

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

La Casa di Luigi
La Casa di Luigi
$39 - $54
Ranked #13 of 233 Catania B&B and Inns
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B&B Del Corso
B&B Del Corso
$34 - $45 (EUR 30 - 40)
Ranked #31 of 233 Catania B&B and Inns
Ostello degli Elefanti Hostel Catania
1.0 of 5
Ostello degli Elefanti Hostel Catania
$39 - $66 (EUR 35 - 59)
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

OttoMood Catania Centro
OttoMood Catania Centro
$71 - $132
Ranked #1 of 233 Catania B&B and Inns
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Liccu bed and breakfast
Liccu bed and breakfast
$46 - $80
Ranked #2 of 233 Catania B&B and Inns
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5 Balconi
5 Balconi
$59 - $96 (ITL101,384 - 164,964)
Ranked #3 of 233 Catania B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Liberty Hotel
4.0 of 5
Liberty Hotel
$119 - $247 (EUR 106 - 221)
Ranked #1 of 51 Hotels in Catania
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UNA Hotel Palace
4.0 of 5
UNA Hotel Palace
$126 - $245 (EUR 113 - 219)
Ranked #2 of 51 Hotels in Catania
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Inn The Garden
4.0 of 5
Inn The Garden
$53 - $92
Ranked #41 of 233 Catania B&B and Inns
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