The port isn't far from the center of town, just a 15-minute walk.(2km)
Taxis are available at the port entrance.
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Destroyed several times by eruptions from Mt Etna and an earthquake in 1693, this busy port, situated along the northeast coast of Sicily, on the Gulf of Catania, is now graced by wide boulevards, lush parks and spacious piazzas.
The open air market is just behind the cathedral: a jumble of people stalls and merchandise. The most interesting parts are the fish market (pescheria), full of glistening fresh fish and shellfish. and the butchers who display their meat in such a way to show that it has freshly been slaughtered. The warren of streets around the fish market is a good place to explore.
The tourist offices are in the center: Via Etnea, 63, at the railway station (Stazione Centrale FF.SS) and at the port ( Stazione Marittima).
Catania has a compact center and it is most convenient just to walk around.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
There is good public transport: buses and trains to all parts of Sicily. e.g. Taormina is only one hour and forty minutes by bus. There are some nine buses a day, but on Sundays only three. Siracusa is one hour and twenty minutes and there are hourly buses and eleven on Sunday.
Mount Etna: This is by far the most popular tour: Sicily's tallest peak and one of Europe's most famous active volcanoes. Ascent Mt Etna up to Crateri Silvestri.
The shopping street is Via Etnea.
At Piazza el Duomo there are several restaurants and pizzerias. Spaghetti alla Norma is a local specialty: it's cooked with tomatoes and eggplant. Very much worth to try.
There are many cafes which offer free WiFi for customers.
Emergency number: 112
Most shops and businesses in Italy open from Monday to Saturday from around 8am until 1pm, and from about 4pm until 7pm, though many shops close on Saturday afternoons and Monday mornings, and in the south, the day can begin and end an hour later. In the north, some businesses work to a 9am-5pm day to facilitate international dealings. Traditionally, everything except bars and restaurants closes on Sunday, though most towns have a pasticceria open in the mornings, while in large cities and tourist areas, Sunday opening is becoming more common.
Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day) January 6 (Epiphany) Pasquetta (Easter Monday) April 25 (Liberation Day) May 1 (Labour Day) August 15 ( Ferragosto ; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) November 1 ( Ognissanti ; All Souls Day) December 8 ( Immacolata ; Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) December 25 ( Natale ; Christmas)
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