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Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea, between Messina and Syracuse. It is the capital of the eponymous province, and with 298,957 inhabitants. it is the second-largest city in Sicily and the tenth in Italy.
Catania has a commercial seaport (Catania seaport), an international airport (Catania Fontanarossa), a central train station (Catania Centrale) and it is a main node of the Sicilian motorway system.
The motorways serving Catania are the A18 Messina-Catania and the A19 Palermo-Catania; extensions of the A18 going from Catania to Syracuse and to Gela are currently under construction.
The Circumetnea is a small-gauge railway which runs for 110 km from Catania round the base of Mount Etna. It attains the height of 976 m above sea level before descending to rejoin the coast at Giarre-Riposto to the North.
In the late 1990s the first line of an underground railway (Metropolitana di Catania) was built. The underground service started in 1999 and it is currently active on a route of 3.8 km, from the station Borgo (North of town) to the seaport, passing through the stations of Giuffrida, Italia, Galatea, and Central Station. First line is planned to extend from the satellite city of PaternÃ² to Fontanarossa Airport. Segments Borgo-Nesima (extending the underground railway from the station Borgo to the suburban area of Nesima) and Galatea-Stesicoro (extending the underground railway from the station Galatea to Piazza Stesicoro, in the heart of town) are currently under construction.
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The Best Museums in Catania, Sicily. If we look back at
the history of Catania, Sicily, its colourful past means it is no
surprise that these days, it is a top destination for museum visits.
There are certainly plenty to keep visitors occupied and enthralled.
With long, hot summers and mild winters, it makes an ideal destination
for tourism, attracting mainly middle-aged clientèle who are looking for
cultural and historic themed holidays.
Four Favourite Catania Museums:
Castello Ursino and Catania Civico Museum
An added bonus about this museum is its location in a 750-year-old castle. Artefacts include tools used during its time as a defence port and a prison. Exhibits also include relics found in the surrounding area. Worth seeing is the large art collection from the classical era.
Address: Piazza Federico II di Svevia, Catania,
Telephone: +39 095 345830
Casa Di Verga
The quality of a museum should not be judged by its size, such as the case with the Casa Di Verga. It is rather small however holds a lot of interesting artefacts regarding the live and works of Giovanni Carmelo Verga (1840 –1922) who lived in the house for the last 20 years of his life. There are also photographs of daily life in Catania during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Address: Via Sant’Anna, 8, Catania,
Telephone: +39 095 715 0598
Museo Del Cinema
Located near the railway station, it only takes a couple of hours to see this museum. Emphasising the history of cinema and the importance of pictures in daily life, guided tours are also available.
Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943
Rated as the number one museum to visit in Catania, this attraction is based on World War 2 and includes introductory films, lifelike displays and normal everyday objects dating from that time. It tells the story of the invasion of Sicily, life as a solider in that time, life in a bomb shelter, as well as before, and after pictures of towns.
Other Museums to visit in Catania
Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia Mac
Address: Via Teatro Greco, 2, Catania,
Telephone: +39 095 715 2207
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Dentro la Sicilia S. R. L.
Address: Via Alberto Mario, 67, Catania,
Telephone: +39 095 531825
Open from 09.00am to 1.00pm and 4.00pm to 7pm
Associaz. Culturale Loco
Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele, 201, Catania,
Telephone: +39 095 826 2154
Museo Del Mare Della Pesca
Address: Piazza Ognina, 15, Catania,
Telephone: +39 095 712 7050
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