Welcome to Catania
Jesse's Journeys in Italy
Catania (Katane) was
founded in the 8th B.C. by Greek colonists.
It was hard hit by earthquake in 1169, by
volcanic eruptions in 1329, 1381 and 1669.
As one Fodor's travel writer claims "The
chief wonder of Catania, Sicily's second
city, is that it is there at all."
Modern Catania stands as a testament to
the trial the city has been through in
terms of both natural and economic
disaster, the later predominately the
result of government neglect..
Catania is in need
of considerable renovation, and though it
offers visitors glimpses at superb
architecture, enthralling fish markets and
stunning views of Mt. Etna, most travelers
agree that Catania has little more to
offer than oranges and lemons.
Traffic flows in
ever-increasing volume and adds to the
smog from the industrial zone between
Siracusa, many buildings are
run down and the streets are wide and
un-charming. There is no beach front
appropriate for swimming, as the entire
area hosts numerous streamliners and
Visits Italy understands that travelers,
despite the city's defects, that many
travelers will use Catania as a point of
convergence for travel in Italy. For
this reason, we are working hard to bring
you more information about staying in