CATANIA CALTAGIRONE


8 May 2018
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Tuesday
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202 km
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CATANIA

Catania, the main city of the homonimous metropolitan area in Sicily, is the heart of an urban centre of about 800,000 inhabitants at the foot of Mount Etna. It is the economic and infrastructural centre of the South-Eastern Sicily District. Founded in 729 BC by the Calcidians from Naxos, the city features a millenial history characterised by different dominations. Their remnants enrichen its artistic, architectonic, and cultural heritage. Under the Aragona dynasty, it was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily, and the oldest University of the island was built in 1434 on King Alfonso V’s request.

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GALLERY

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FOOD

Arancini (rice balls); Pasta alla Norma (with aubergines); horsemeat specialties, cipollata (bacon-wrapped scallions); fish delicacies; cannoli.

WINE

Frappato, Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio (red); Carricante, Grillo and Catarratto (white). Etna and Vittoria (local Doc wines), Cerasuolo Vittoria Docg.

MAIN SIGHTS

The Baroque buildings and churches of the old town (UNESCO World Heritage), Cattedrale di Sant’Agata (11th century), the Roman heritage (Odeon, theatre, amphitheatre and many thermal baths)

HISTORY

Population: 312,000

Foundation: 8th century B.C.

Ancient name: Katane / Catina

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