Benvenuti in Sicilia, Viaggiatori! Are you ready to immerse yourself in exhilarating travel adventures while visiting the Sicilian gem of Catania? Maybe that all sounds a bit too intense. Allow us to rephrase: are you looking to guarantee you fill your trip to Catania with as many fun activities and things to do as possible? Great! We thought so. In the following article, we plan to go over what we believe are fun things to do and see when visiting this island destination. Some may be popular tourist-y destinations, while others will be less-known hidden jewels, which will be sure to surprise you. Before we get into our detailed list, first we need to talk about something important, though – transportation.
We could provide you with a whole list of things to do, but they wouldn’t be much use if you were stuck at the airport, would they? So, in order to comfortably get to your accommodation first, and set up base, you will need to catch a Catania Airport taxi, with AtoB transfer being your most reliable option. They offer a personalized transfer experience, which can be customized according to your needs and demands. An especially convenient option they provide, is the inclusion of child seats, which is incredibly useful for parents traveling with their children.
Now that we have covered that, let’s move on to talking about Catania and all the wonderful things you can expect to do when traveling there.
Piazza del Duomo
The heart of the city, where you can walk around and soak up all that Sicilian charm. In the center of the square is the city’s emblem, the Elephant’s Fountain. This sculpture, surrounded by a fountain, is quite an impressive sight to behold. Legends of old claim that the statue yields the power necessary to appease the furious temper of Mount Etna’s Volcano. To get to this beautiful piazza, it is recommended to book an AtoB airport taxi in advance, even more so if you are traveling with children and need the extra convenience of child seats.
Very close to Piazza del Duomo, is Catania’s main street, aptly named after the enormous volcano which is visible from wherever you stand here, although the weather will have to be clear in order to get the best view. This amazing view is one of the main reasons to visit the town as a tourist and should definitely not be missed. Another fun activity to enjoy when walking down this road is the numerous shopping opportunities you will find along the way. From luxury boutiques to smaller local businesses, you won’t be disappointed. You can also stop off for a quick coffee as well. If you are wondering the best way to get here, you may have already guessed it, but we shall repeat. An airport transfer, of course, is the most convenient way!
Diving in the Gulf
Looking for a little more excitement? Well, what could be more of an adventurous thrill than diving into the Gulf of Catania? With affordable packages offering you the opportunity to swim with the fishes (no, not like some other Sicilians have meant it)! You can book whole day trips, or just go in the morning or afternoon, if you plan to do other things as well. Finding a reliable company is relatively easy, as there are numerous providers dotted across the coastal route! If you want a local’s opinion, just ask your AtoB airport taxi driver, as they will be more than happy to provide you with their personal favorite.
Continuing with the fish theme, as Catania loves fish, fishing and any other fish-related activity. La Pescheria is the local fish market, located in the center of the town, just a short walk from Piazza del Duomo. A word of caution, as it is an open fish market, you will likely see lots of lifeless fish sitting in crushed ice. The fishmongers will also prepare your fish for you right in front of your eyes! Definitely not for the squeamish, but a truly Sicilian experience if there ever was one. If you need assistance getting to the Fish Market, you can book an AtoB airport transfer directly there, just ask your driver to “Portami a La Pescheria”!
With some beautiful gardens, where one can enjoy some freshness in the greenery, or even bring a picnic with them, Villa Bellini is definitely a place to visit in Sicily. One must be very lucky to find the Villa open to the public, as it is usually closed off, but if you have the chance, definitely head on in, you won’t regret it. If not, simply strolling through its grounds, with large trees and numerous fountains, is also a lovely way to pass the day. To get to Villa Bellini, ask your airport taxi driver to either drop you off there, or as close as possible.
In closing, we hope this article has been of use to you if you plan to visit this beautiful Sicilian town in the near future. If you haven’t planned a trip, perhaps it will motivate you to do just that. Flights to the airport near the city are usually relatively cheap, depending on which airline you decide to fly with. With a reliable airport transfer service like AtoB, you at least know that getting to and from the airport is handled, and with this handy guide, you know exactly what to do when visiting! Happy Travels and see you soon!