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Tourism

 

The city of Catania lies in a strategic position in the Mediterranian Sea, giving its name to the Gulf where the city is located.

Since 2002, the Catania city center, packed with various monuments of important historical and cultural value, has been selected to be part of the UNESCO heritage.

The underground river Amenano flows beneath the city and it reaches the surface on the fountain of the same name in Piazza Duomo, the main square of the city.

The protector of the city, Saint Agatha, is very worhsipped by the citizenship. During the days of Her celebration (one of the most popular in the world), February 3 to 5, Her relics are carried in procession around the city center until they are returned to the Cathedral, where they can be admired for the rest of the year.

The University of Catania is the oldest academia in Sicily. It was founded almost 600 years ago, in 1434.

Among the many influential people who were raised in Catania, one cannot fail to mention the musical composer Vincenzo Bellini and the famous writer Giovanni Verga, who gifted Italian literature with his masterpiece: I Malavoglia.

Catania's twin towns around the world include Phoenix in the U.S., Grenoble in France, and Ottawa in Canada.

 

Here a list of the main touristic destinations for all tastes:

Archaeology: Roman Aqueduct, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheater, Odeon, Terme della Rotonda, Terme dell'Indirizzo, Achelliane Spa, Roman Baths, and Acropolis of Catania, Church and Hypogeum Sant'Euplio, Roman Forum, Hypogeum Square.

Architecture: Cathedral, Seminary of clerics, Platamone Palazzo, Ursino Castello, Port Charles V, Uzeda Door, Church of St. Agatha in Prison, Church of St. Agatha of the hotel, The Church of St. Agatha Vetere, Fontana di Sant'Agata Church of Santa Maria de Jesus, Town Hall, Church of St. Clare, St. Mary's Church Aid and House of Loreto Church of the Holy Trinity, Benedictine Monastery, Church of St. Benedict, St. Nicholas Church, Church of St. Francis and 'Immaculate Church of San Giuliano, the church of San Biagio, Church of the Friars Minor, Collegiate, University Palace, Badia di Sant'Agata, Port Ferdinand (Garibaldi), Teatro Bellini, Post Office Building, Villa Bellini Palace Justice, Biscari Palace, Church of St Cajetan Caves, Seminar of clerics, Confraternity of the Whites, Monument to Cardinal Dusmet, Via Crociferi.

Museums, libraries and archives: Museum of the landing in Sicily, Cinema Museum, Library Provincial Art Gallery, Maps Show oldest - Collection La Gumina, Collection of the storyteller Franco Trincale, Permanent Exhibition of vintage radios Museum of the study, Museum of Paleontology, University museums botanical museum-house "Giovanni Verga", Bellini Civic Museum, Museum of Zoology, museum Ursino Castle, museum "Emilio Greek."

Natural landscapes: Oasis Simeto, Villa Bellini Villa Pacini, Caves of Ulysses, La Playa, La Cliff.

Festivals and folklore: Feast of Saint Agatha Feast of Our Lady of Carmel Feast of Santa Rita, Giro dell'Etna, Association "Arte Pupi F.lli Napoli".

Food and sweets: The most representative dishes are the pasta "alla Norma", a typical Sicilian course, served with tomato sauce, fried eggplants and salted ricotta. Also, very famous is the "ripidadu nevicato", a mound of rice served with squid ink, tomato sauce and ricotta. This particular dish symbolizes the top of Mount Etna, covered with snow and inflamed by lava flows. Continuing: "'u maccu", and the "Minne di Sant'Agata," but also the Sicilian cassata, the cannolis, the olives of St. Agatha, the granita with brioches and the many delicacies of the "tavola calda".

The symbol of the aforementioned Catania's "tavola calda" is the arancino, a small egg-shaped fried rice timball, filled with tomato meat sauce.

The fish is another main course on Catania's lunch tables, especially oily fish, which is frequently used to dress homemade pasta.

 

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