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Out and about in Catania

From the classic Roman Amphi­theatre to the bustling fish market, there is something for everyone to be inspired by in Catania.

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The patron saint’s holy place

The Baroque-style main cathedral of Catania is well worth visiting. Its ­annual celebration of martyr and patron Saint ­Agatha takes place between 3 and 5 February, with thousands participating in a large-scale procession on the 5th.

Cathedral of Saint Agatha

Via Vittorio Emanuele II 163, Catania

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Truly Catanian

No stay in Catania is complete without a visit to the fish market, La Pescheria. Whether you like seafood or not, this place, swarming with buyers and sellers, is a true Catanian tradition.

La Pescheria

Piazza del Duomo, Catania

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Goethe and Coldplay were here

Palazzo Biscari, an ornate masterpiece of ­Baroque architecture, contains an abundance of paintings, sculptures, vases, mirrors, armor, stuccoes, frescoes and a natural history collection. Visitors over the centuries have included the German philosopher ­Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and rock band Coldplay.

Palazzo Biscari

Via Museo Biscari, Catania

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Mystery fortress

Built on a rocky promontory in the 13th century, Castello Ursino has a legacy of protecting the city of Catania from a variety of enemies – ­including natural disasters. It survived intact the volcanic eruption of 1693, and though a devastating stream of lava came close, it halted at the moat just outside the castle, adding to Ursino’s mysterious allure.

Castello Ursino

Piazza Federico II di Sveviva , Catania

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The summer of ‘43

The multimedia Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943 Museum (“The Allied Landings in Sicily Museum”) tells the story of Operation ­Husky, the US and Allied invasion of Catania and Sicily at the height of World War II.

Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia

Piazalle Rocco Chinnici, Catania

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Greco-Roman Arena

The Roman Theatre , also known as the Roman Amphitheatre was constructed atop an even older theater, dating back to the Greek occupation of the island. Other well-preserved Greek theaters worth visiting are in the ancient Greek settlements of Syracuse and Taormina.

Via Vittorio Emanuele 266, Catania

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