OUR ADVICES ON WHAT TO SEE IN THE AREA
HISTORICAL CITYCENTER OF CATANIA
The historic center of Catania is a baroque jewel, but there are also Greek-Roman, Norman, Swabian traces, as the result of various reconstructions. To see via Etnea, piazza Duomo, the Teatro Massimo dedicated to the main citizen Vincenzo Bellini, the Ursino's Castle by Federico II, the superb via Crociferi. And in February, don't miss the Feast of St. Agatha
Right in front of our apartment is the enormous complex of the Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena. A late Baroque jewel, founded in 1558 and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693, with wonderful cloisters, a beautiful hanging garden and the church of San Nicolò, the largest (albeit incomplete) of Sicily. Today it is home to the Department of Humanities of the University of Catania and is an unmissable tourist destination.
MUSEUM OF THE LANDING IN SICILY 1943
Located inside the “Le Ciminiere” Center (very close to the Central Station), the museum is dedicated to the story of the Allies landing in Sicily in the summer of 1943, which led to the opening of a front in continental Europe during the WWII. The so-called Operation Husky is told with historical reconstructions, documents, period films, weapons, equipment, waxes of the most important characters of the II World War. One of the most beautiful museums in Southern Italy, a must for those who love history.
Simeto's Oasis is an enchanting Oriented Nature Reserve a few kilometers from the center of Catania. Established in 1984, the Oasis covers over 2000 hectares and is one of the most unique areas of Sicily for flora and fauna: a fixed stage on the routes of many migratory birds and the famous turtle Caretta Caretta, offering unmissable landscapes and suggestive locations of birdwatching.