Discover Car Hire in Catania
Catania is the second largest city in Sicily, located on the east coast facing the Ionian Sea on the edge of active volcano Mount Etna. When you arrive in Catania one of the first things you will notice is the marble effect on the elegant buildings, this is because of the volcano eruption in 1669 where the black soot lava has permanently stained the buildings.
Sicily is an island best traveled in an rental car with the limitless freedom and flexibility. There are many hidden treasures and ancient ruins all worth discovering with your very own hire car.
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Start your car hire journey at Mount Etna which is a major influence on the landscape of Catania today. Mount Etna is one of the most impressive volcanoes in the world and is a great producer of rich soil. It is also a great place for skiing in winter and hiking in the summer. For those who prefer to relax on their holiday, the cable car is a relaxing ride and reaches 2500 metres high!
Take a trip to the Castello Ursino Castle which is located at the Piazza Federico Di Svevia in the centre of Catania. This Castle was once used as a fortress that overlooked the sea for security and defense. It originally stood tall above the sea but after the volcanic eruption and lava flow the castle is now located a kilometre from the coast. The castle is now a museum exhibiting beautiful contemporary art.
Located in the heart of Catania stands the majestic Piazza Del Duomo. This architectural significance displays the distinctive colour contrast from the lava spill on the limestone structure. The Piazza Del Duomo is dedicated to Catania's patron saint Agatha, her tomb now lies at the cathedral. The cathedral is an important structure to the people of Sicily and should not be missed.
|Cities (To and From)||Distance (Approx.km)||Travel Time (Approx. hr)|
|Catania to Palermo||208||2.25|
|Catania to Rome (Inc. ferry crossing)||795||8.5|
|Catania to Sorrento (Inc. ferry crossing)||588||7|
|Catania to Bari (Inc. ferry crossing)||533||6.5|
|Catania to Brindisi (Inc. ferry crossing)||544||6.5|
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