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Packed full of historic sights, teaming with vibrant bars and restaurants and located at the foot of Europe’s biggest volcano, Catania is a unique city break destination. Whether you’re interested in food, culture, history or architecture, Catania will have plenty to keep your busy.
Summers in Sicily can be hot and busy. If you want to avoid the worst of the hot weather - and the worst of the summer crowds - book your flights to Catania in May, June, September or October. These spring and autumn months see pleasant temperatures and blue skies, giving you the perfect conditions to get out and explore.
If you do decide to book flights to Catania in the summer season, make sure you dress for the heat. In August, a lot of the family run businesses in the city close down for holidays, so your choice of restaurants, shops and hotels may be a little limited at this time of year.
With average winter temperatures in the city often hitting 20˚C, flying to Catania in December, January or February can be a great way to escape the northern European gloom.
Flexibility is key when searching for cheap flights to Catania. If you don’t mind the exact day you fly and are flexible about the airport you fly from, finding an affordable deal should be easy.
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Catania–Fontanarossa Airport is the main airport serving the city and the main entry point for visitors travelling to Sicily. Flights depart from the airport for destinations across Europe. Additional seasonal services increase the number of direct flights available during the summer months.
A shuttle bus service connects the airport with the centre of Catania and the city’s main train station. Taxis are also available at the terminal or you can hire a car and continue your journey under your own steam.
A number of airlines fly from UK airports to Catania.
The city’s compact centre makes it easy to explore Catania on foot. You can walk between most attractions in just a few minutes, taking in the sights and sounds of Sicily on the way.
As Catania’s public transport network is fairly sporadic, getting around by bus can take a while. The city also has a limited metro service and a few local train lines linking it with the nearby area.
The best place to start your exploration of the city is in the Piazza del Duomo. This baroque square is home to the Elephant Fountain, one of the most recognisable symbols of the city, and marks the entrance to Via Etnea, Catania’s main shopping avenue.
Just next to the square you’ll find the city’s imposing cathedral. First constructed in the 11th century, it’s been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the years. Today, you can still see many of the original parts of the building as well as the later, more ornate, additions that make the cathedral so impressive.
The most imposing sight in Catania is the volcano that forms that backdrop to the city. Over the years, Mount Etna has erupted fairly regularly and it’s not uncommon to see smoke billowing from the volcano’s peak. When it’s not spewing lava, Mount Etna is a great destination for outdoor activities. In the winter months, there are a number of ski trails to explore while spring and summer are perfect for walking and cycling.
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Italy. Catania is one hour ahead of the UK.