Destination guide

Indulge in high-end boutique shopping from a Catania villa

If you're interested in shopping on your holiday adventure, Catania is one of the best destinations. It's effectively the commercial centre of Sicily with numerous shops and restaurants available. The historical attractions are also plentiful here with some monuments dating as far back as the Romans. If you're more interested in natural beauty, the Villa Bellini features an iconic garden with intricately organized flora and a fountain. Villas in Sicily are quite varied, so you can find affordable and luxury options.

Things to do

Catania – the gateway to the clouds

Catania is the closest major city to the hulking outline of Mount Etna. You might want to keep your distance from the fire-spewing calderas of that active volcano – that's understandable, and there are plenty of Catania holiday rentals with pools and panoramic views overlooking its slopes to oblige. Feeling brave? Hop on a tour to the summit, which takes you deep into the national reserve that encompasses it, to see lava channels and ash cones and more. A stop at the Museo Vulcanologico dell'Etna can be made along the way, to learn all about its destructive and metamorphic past.


Taste buds tingling in Catania

Foodies won't know where to stop as they wander the crisscrossing streets of Catania's centre. Cafes of oh-so-good coffee clink and chatter on every corner. In the shadow of the massive Baroque cathedral the fish stalls bustle on the flagstones of Piazza del Duomo. Sicilian tomatoes and cheeses are stacked on the stalls of the farmers market along Via Etnea. Street food tours are also a must for those who want to taste their way around this metropolis. They usually start in La Pescheria – the most famous market in town. Get ready for bites of grilled kebabs and sizzling prawns, fresh pastas and crunchy cannoli.


Catching a sweet spot in Catania

Sicily's scorching summers start as early as May and end in September. Temperatures as high as 40 degrees and long days of sunshine come with them, making Catania holiday rentals with pools or proximity to the east coast beaches a wise choice. Springtime, in April, and autumn, in October, mean catching a sweet spot when the mercury isn't soaring but it's still warm. Those are great seasons for hiking Etna and wandering the city's Baroque streets. Winter can be wet and cold, with snow blanketing the top of the great volcano.

Natural features

Catania – in the shadow of Etna

Catania is considered the prime gateway to the slopes of Mount Etna. The Etna Park starts just a little to the north of the city, ringing the colossal peak – the highest active volcano in all of Europe. This nature reserve protects the curious geological features and wildlife of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Hikers and mountain bikers will love the adventure, weaving past citrus orchards up to ridges of scree and black stone. Keep an eye out for the ancient lava channels that have been carved into the ridges by previous eruptions and the foxes, sheep, buzzards and falcons that live in the lush landscape of the lower slopes.

How to get there

How to get to and around Catania

Fly into Catania (CTA-Fontanarossa), the closest airport, located 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Catania Central Station, Catania Acquicella Station and Catania Ognina Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Catania by jumping on the metro at Porto Station, Central Station or Italia Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Catania?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,571 holiday lettings around Catania. From 260 villas to 479 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Catania?

There's nothing quite like the feeling of sand beneath your feet and salt on your skin. It's time to round up the clan for a beach escape like no other. HomeAway has 567 beachside holiday homes to check out. Of course, that might not be everyone's style. Fortunately, HomeAway has plenty more options, including:

  • 471 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 464 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 328 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Catania?

There's no need to miss out on all the conveniences of home just because you're on holiday. Sit back and relax in an apartment and experience the area like the locals. You can take your pick from 992 different options with the help of HomeAway. If you make your reservation quick, you could spend as little as £14 per night. If that doesn't fit with your posse's taste, we have a range of different self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • House: 658 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £17 per night.
  • Villa: 344 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £22 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 336 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £24 per night.

Can I stay in Catania in a large group?

Sometimes it can be tough finding the time to meet up with friends and family members. A group holiday is an ideal way to reunite and unwind. If you were hoping to kick back together, HomeAway has places for you. Why not take a peek at the 167 apartment holiday rentals listed here? They're the leading option for large groups of guests. Rental properties around this area that can cater for large groups include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we offer 765 holiday rentals suitable for that size. Spend a night for as little as £26.
  • Keen to find a place for 5 guests? We have 714 that will work well. You can book one for as little as £22 a night.
  • Organising a trip away with a group of 8? We've got 246 accommodation for rent that match your requirements. Prices start from £22 per night.

You and the squad will be well looked after when you organise your Catania holiday with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Catania?

HomeAway has a wide range of great budget-concious rental picks. Treat your group to a fancy dinner or stay a few extra nights with all the dollars leftover. Santa Maria La Scala is heaven for bargain hunters. And with 64 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £71 a night, it's not hard to see why. You'll find another 25 HomeAway holiday rentals awaiting you in or around Contrada Pantano d'Arci. The average price here is £78 per night.

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