In just one day
So much to do
Catania city has about 350,000 thousand inhabitants, with the surrounding communities Catania easily accommodates 650,000 thousand people, making it the second largest city in Sicily and the largest non-regional capital of Italy. Catania is a very special city. On the one hand hectic and somber looking which is of course due to the built-in black lava stone, on the other hand Catania is lively with elegant cafes and culture and the most beautiful fish market in Europe.
Crime exists and some customers have reported to us before Scipis. A scipo is a robbery in which the car door is opened, the handbag is stolen and the perpetrator escapes on a scooter.
However, we feel very comfortable and safe in Catania and cannot report anything negative. You should definitely follow the usual advice. Do not leave any valuables visible in the car and close the car door from the inside in certain quarters of Catania.
The fishing villages north of Catania
Almost still in the city center of Catania, if you leave the city by the sea to the north, you will find really romantic spots, small harbors with fishing boats and a good ristorante. Aci castello, Ach trezza, Acireale, Risposto, Giarre, all small towns that are not absolute highlights, but which perfectly convey the Italian feeling that you are looking for as a vacationer and find less and less.
Etna is the most active and, at around 3323 meters above sea level, the highest volcano in Europe. It is located above Catania and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List on June 21, 2013. The Etna is of course worth a day trip and a real highlight. Even if you forego the somewhat expensive ascent of the summit, a drive to the Refuggio Sapienza station at around 2000m is well worth it. There they already park between volcanic rocks and here the cable car starts, which takes them to about 2600 meters.
From there it only continues with the guide. Except for the summit, the pleasure costs around 65 euros per person.
Piazza Amerina Villa Casale
The Villa Romana del Casale is a late Roman villa urbana near the town of Piazza Armerina. It is often referred to simply as the Villa del Casale or the Villa of Piazza Armerina. The villa is an important monument of Roman Sicily and famous for its floor mosaics.
In 1997 UNESCO declared the Villa Romana del Casale a World Heritage Site on the grounds that
“That the Villa del Casale near Piazza Armerina is the most outstanding example of a Roman luxury villa, which visually illustrates the prevailing social and economic structure of its time. The mosaics with which it is decorated are exceptional in their artistic quality and ingenuity as well as in their quantity. ”
Villa Casale is also worth a day trip, especially if you choose the route from Noto via Palazzolo Acreide, Vizzini Gramichele and Caltagirone (see below).
The journey through the interior of Sicily is extremely varied and you can pass through typical small towns that are well worth seeing.
Caltagirone has 38,799 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2013) and is one of the late Baroque towns in the Val di Noto, which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Caltagirone is known throughout Sicily and beyond for its ceramics and the Santa Maria del Monte staircase with its tiled steps.