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Catania  - at the Foot of Mt Etna

Last Update: 25 January 2012

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Duomo de Catania - St. Agatha Cathedral

Catania (Greek: Κατάνη) is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea, between Messina and Syracuse. It is the capital of the province, and with 300,000 inhabitants (750,000 in the Metropolitan Area), it is the second-largest city in Sicily and the tenth largest in Italy.
Catania is known for its seismic history, having been destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1169, another in 1693, and several volcanic eruptions from the neighboring Mount Etna volcano, the most violent of which was in 1669.

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Community Offices

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Benedictine Monastery - University

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Ancient Chapel - Via della Mecca

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Piazza San Francesco di Assisi

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Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII

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Relaxing on the Piazza Stesicoro

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After the Marketplace Closes

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Typical Street in Catania

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My Favorite Restaurant

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Fontana del Elefante - Catania

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Catania has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC. In the 14th century and the Renaissance, Catania was one of Italy's most important and flourishing cultural, artistic, and political centers, having witnessed the opening in 1434 of the first university in Sicily.

Today, Catania is one of the main economic, touristic, and educational centers in the island, being an important hub of industry, thus gaining the nickname, "European Silicon Valley".

Catania is located on the east coast of the island, at the foot of the Mount Etna. Its position at the foot of the volcano was the source both of benefits and evils to the city. On the one hand, the violent outbursts of the volcano from time to time desolated great parts of its territory; on the other, the volcanic ashes produced fertile soil, adapted especially for the growth of vines.

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University of Humanities and Philosophy

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Piazza Dante - University

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Student Dormitories in the Benedictine Monastery

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Benedictine Monastery

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San Francesco di Assisi - What’s that on his head?
Very Symbolic!

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Yes, That’s My Bike

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At a Café near the University

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A Narrow Street

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Airport - Last View of Etna before Flying Home

I will definitely return to this fascinating city!            Return to first page.


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