What to see in Catania and the surrounding area

Not sure what there is to see in and around this city? Here are the main points of interest.

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There are wonderful hidden corners all over the world that are well worth a visit, and this is definitely the case with Catania. If you are going to spend a few days on the island of Sicily, you need to know what to see in Catania to be able to make the most of your time there.

From its rich cultural heritage to the bountiful nature that surrounds this region, there are a number of spots you simply have to see. Take note of these recommendations that will make your trip unforgettable.

Cathedral of St. Agatha

We begin our visit in the heart of the city, to get a closer look at one of its most iconic monuments. The Cathedral of St. Agatha is a Roman Catholic church named after the saint to whom it pays homage. It is located in Piazzo Duomo, and stands out for its impressive baroque facade full of columns and marble sculptures.

The entrance has more than 32 sculpted plaques depicting the life and death of the patron saint. But don't spend the whole time staring at the door, go inside and stop by the Diocesan Museum to see the ruins of the Greco-Roman baths, which are just below the cathedral.

Roman theater and Odeon

When it comes to things to see in Catania, the Roman theater and the Odeon are other classic sites. The theater stands at over 100 meters tall and has an open-air orchestra pit with curved aisles and a tiered seating area that at one time could seat more than 7,000 people.

The Odeon is smaller, but it is still an emblematic part of the city and concerts and dance performances are often held there.

The Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena: add it to your list of things to see in Catania

This monastery is up there as a must-see for all visitors to the city. As soon as you see it, you will understand why it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is one of the largest Baroque buildings in Europe and currently serves as the headquarters of the Department of Humanities of the University of Catania. There are guided tours every hour, and they are highly recommended, because they allow you to see the 16th century kitchen and cellars, as well as the balcony of the main altar of the church.

Aci Castello

Aci Castello is a town very close to Catania, and you can easily get there at the wheel of your rental car. Its main tourist attraction is its Norman castle or Castello di Aci. Built in the 11th century on a rocky promontory of volcanic origin, it offers breathtaking views of the region.

You can walk along its walls, towers and passages. It also has a museum with an interesting collection of historical artifacts linked to local history.

While you are in Aci Castello, take the opportunity to walk along its promenade and, if you fancy, take a dip at some of its beaches or coves.

Mount Etna

Etna is one of the most active and emblematic volcanoes in Europe. If you like hiking, in the surrounding area you will find a number of routes that allow you to explore the volcanic landscape. You can go for a gentle hike or take on a challenging route, it's up to you.

Some of the most popular routes will take you to the Silvestri crater, the Monti Sartorius trail, and even to the main summit of the volcano. If you prefer something more comfortable, you can also explore the area by cable car, or make use of the 4x4 vehicle service. And, of course, you can take a guided tour.


If you want to explore what there is to see in Catania and the surrounding area, include Taormina in your route. Situated on top of a hill, this spot is ideal for enjoying ancient Greek buildings, as well as breathtaking views of Etna and the Mediterranean.

One of its must-see sites is the ancient theater, dating back to the 3rd century BC. You can find out why it is listed as one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Sicily.

After marveling at the classical architecture, be sure to take a stroll along Corso Umberto I, a pedestrian street that is the heart of Taormina. It is full of stores and restaurants where you can taste the best of Italian cuisine.

Afterwards, we recommend a walk to Isola Bella. This island is connected to the coast by a narrow sand road, and is a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing. It is surrounded by crystal clear waters and has a very peaceful atmosphere.

Now you know what to see in Catania, you just need to set off and enjoy your trip. Rent a car with Ok Mobility for your travels in Catania and the surrounding area.

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