|this is a really splendid Baroque city and provincial capital which is situated on an extensive plain of citrus groves on the Ionian sea at the foot of Vulcan Etna.
|This city is a busy industrial and commercial centre,due also to its port.Catania is also able to boast an old university.
|Already a Chalcidensian colony in 729 B.C.it was ruled by Syracuse during the 5th century B.C. and by the Romans in 263 B.C.
A period of great splendour lasted till Imperial snd Byzantine domination.
Catania stretches along the territory of the Riviera
on the Ionian Sea and along the spectacular slopes
of Mt. Etna. Initially it was named Katane meaning
‘grater’ referring to the particular terrain formed
by molten rock of Mt. Etna. For Catania, Mt. Etna,
has always played a significant role both in visual
and economic terms. The remarkably fertile earth
contributed to a valuable agricultural tradition. In
fact, the itinerary on Etna runs through orchards
and vineyards that flourish on its fertile volcanic
soil. The early evening shadows are enlivened with
dazzling flashes from the molten lava.
Catania’s economic development has also been
favoured by a coastline rich in anchorage and a
major port making it a city bustling with industry.
However, Catania is much more than this. The tourist
can enjoy the contrast between the Baroque splendour
of Piazza del Duomo and the cries of the street
vendors in the nearby fish market. The visitor can
also taste the tempting culinary tradition of the
city (amongst which rice crispelle, the granita,
almond pastries, the crispeddi and the ‘pasta alla
norma’). Finally, one can also visit Piazza
Universita` where there is an old University,
founded by Alphonse of Aragon in 1434 and it has an
exquisite library, being one of the richest in all