Cruise Port Atlas | Catania (Sicily), Italy Map | Location

Catania (Sicily), Italy Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Catania: Voyages of Discovery, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Celebrity, Cunard, Disney Cruise Line

Key Attractions: Baroque Catania, Ursino Castle, Enna, Piazza Armerina, Mount Etna, Taormina, Greek Amphitheater, Acireale

Catania has a long and storied history dominated by the infrequent eruptions of Mount Etna which towers behind the port and has completely destroyed the city twice.  Many of the Greek, Roman and medieval buildings were almost obliterated during the last major eruption in 1669, followed by a devastating earthquake (1693).  During the first half of the 18th century the city rebuilt itself in the baroque style inspired by the vision of architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. This is the Catania that visitors see today. The colors of the city are the black-gray of the volcanic stone and the white of the marble used on its major monuments.

The cathedral (duomo) displays elements of the city's history including the 1669 eruption in a fresco. Sometimes accessible is the Terme Achilliane, Roman baths on which the cathedral was built. Column bases from the original Norman church were found during restoration. Several of the chapels date from the Renaissance before the last major eruption. And the facade is considered one of Vaccarini's masterworks. Other baroque buildings include many churches and homes of the ruling class of that earlier time.

The most popular tours outside the city are to Mount Etna.

Local Currency: Euro

Primary Language:  Italian

Secondary Languages:

Visa requirements: American and Canadian tourists do not need a visa.

Photo of Catania Cathedral by Urban

Geography and Population

Catania is Sicily's 2nd largest city, with nearly 3/4 of a million people in the metropolitan area.  It is located on the eastern coast of Sicily between Syracuse and Messina.  It is located in a center of seismic activity on Sicily.

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How Far?

Taxis are available at the port entrance.

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Cruise Port

 City Center

2 KM 6 minutes  
Catania Mount Etna 44 KM 85 minutes  
Catania Enna 87 KM 80 minutes  
Catania Piazza Armerina 96 KM 90 minutes  
Catania Taormina 53 KM 50 minutes  
Catania Acireale 18 KM 30 minutes  
Catania Airport 7 KM 15 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses


Presidio Ospedallero, Piazza Gian Battista Vaccarini, 95124 Catania

Nearby Banks and ATMs

Unicredit S.P.A., Corso Sicilia, 36, 95131 Catania, 2.5 KM, 9 minutes
Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro S.P.A., Corso Sicilia, 30, 95131 Catania, 2.5 KM, 9 minutes

Post Office

Poste Italiane Poste Italiane Spa, Via Santa Maria del Rosario, 17, 95131 Catania, 2 KM, 8 minutes

Photo of Ursino Castle by Triquetra