Province of Catania

Etna's home

The province of Catania is certainly one of the most appreciated and visited of the island. The historical, artistic and cultural heritage of Catanese province, enriched by the wild beauty of Etna, the largest volcano in Europe, fascinates and enchants the visitor from every corner of the territory. Renowned for its gastronomy and nature reserves, the province of Catania mainly affects the sea and its enchanting coasts, also celebrated by the legendary Homer on the journey of Ulysses, which in the Catanese coast, between the waters of Aci Trezza, arrived by chance during the journey back to Ithaca. The territory of Catania has a total surface of more than 3 thousand square kilometers, comprises 58 municipalities and has over 1 million inhabitants. Among the cities of greatest interest in the province of Catania are the municipalities of Acireale, Caltagirone, Militello in Val di Catania.

Etna Vulcan

Etna Vulcan (Source: askii - CC BY SA 2.0)

How to arrive and move in the Catania area

By car

The main motorway arteries to reach the territory of Catania are the A18 (with toll), which connects the city of Catania (and the municipalities of Giarre and Acireale) with the province of Messina, the motorway A19 (no toll), which from Catania leads directly into the Sicilian capital (Palermo). Both motorway sections are managed by Anas. The distance from Catania to Messina is about 100 km and it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to follow it (a fuel charge of about € 15 is planned. From Catania, however, to reach the city of Palermo it is necessary to cover about 200km and it takes over 2 hours (estimated fuel cost € 20). Please note that rental service with driver (NCC) offered by will allow you to easily reach the province of Catania by car with drivers certificates and vehicles suitable to satisfy every request.

Castel - Aci Castello, Province of Catania

Castel - Aci Castello, Province of Catania (Source: gnuckx - CC 0)

By plane

The "Fontana Rossa" airport in Catania is the main link with the province of Catania and offers national and international routes with daily frequency through both national and low-cost airlines. Visit the airport company's website SAC for information on timetables and destinations. The connection with the city of Catania, the city of Messina and the Sicilian capital directly from the Catania airport is offered by private buses every 30 minutes.

By Train or Bus

The entire province of Catania is served on the north-south axis by the railway line which offers fast regional connections to the main localities.

Circumetnea train - Canalicchio, Province of Catania

Circumetnea train - Canalicchio, Province of Catania (Source: adam w - CC BY 2.0)

By ship

The port of Catania offers ferry connections to Naples and Malta, thanks to the companies Virty Ferrys and Tirrenia. The crossing to Naples lasts 12 hours, and the one to Malta is about 2 hours.

Wonders in the province of Catania: the Etna Park

An excursion to the Etna National Park is definitely a recommended choice for lovers of nature and beautiful walks and for those who wish to immerse themselves in an environment that brings together sea, mountains and precious natural beauties. The entire province of Catania is in fact dominated from Etna, the most majestic active volcano in Europe, the highest mountain of the island (3343 meters above sea level), and from the top of which the eye is lost until reach the sea. But the great protagonist in the Catania area is the lava. The numerous and continuous eruptions have shaped the territory of Catania from the physiognomy to the environmental characteristics: living with the volcano is in fact a genetic heritage of the localities in the province of Catania. Also the coast presents the evident traces of the magma of Etna and from the whole Etna volcanic system, which remains in continuous evolution. To fully admire the beauties that only an active volcano can offer are daily excursions with specialized guides who will accompany you in climb from the "minor craters" to the summit of Mount Etna, the volcano which has been a World Heritage Site since 2013.

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