Catania

Travelling to Catania for a week. What’s there to do besides visiting Syracuse and Aetna? How is the smoking situation? Can you smoke inside bars and taverns? Rent a car or get the bus for travelling around?

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  1. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    >How is the smoking situation? Can you smoke inside bars and taverns?
    Officially, no, indoor smoking is banned, as is indoor vaping. There are a few places that don’t enforce it, but most do. Almost always places to sit outside, though.
    >Rent a car or get the bus for travelling around?
    If you intend to cover a lot of ground in Sicily you may want a car—it’s a largely rural island, and the public transit isn’t terrible, but it’s a lot faster to have your own wheels. The interior of the island is practically all empty farmland—the majority of the population clings to the coasts. Inside any of the urban centers driving isn’t enjoyable, but there are a lot of nice houses for rent in the countryside where you will want your own transportation to leave in a parking lot on the outskirts when you go into town. There are also a handful of archeological and historical sites in the interior (Necropolis of Pantalica, many ancient villages on the slopes of Etna) that are annoying to reach by bus.

    On my last two trips to Sicily I hired cars to take me from the Catania airport to the places I was staying (in Syracuse and Taormina, respectively), which worked well for us, but these were town/city getaways where I wasn’t really going anywhere I couldn’t walk once I got dropped off. I’ve stayed out in the country, as well, and appreciated being able to drive.

    People love to gripe about it, but Palermo is actually pretty awesome. Very good for food and shopping and history. Yes, also a lot of crime and a lot of Africans (occasionally working together; the Mafia likes to enlist undocumented migrants from Africa to sell drugs or pimp for them), but it’s a cool, colorful, artsy city despite the rough edges, and it’s not dangerous unless you’re stupid.

  2. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    How's the cooming in Sicily?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Do-able. Not much English, but I managed to snag an 8/10 there.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

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  3. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Catania is kind of a shithole but does have cool stuff. A very representative city of Southern Italy imo. Siracusa is a no-brainer, as is Taormina. The riveria-like coast Northeast of Catania is pretty dope in general. Also consider Ragusa for a day trip. All of these places are linked by railways. I don't think renting a car is worth it or needed for a week.

  4. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Thanks guys. Railway, huh? I didn’t think there are trains in Sicily, that’s a surprise.

  5. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    So, can you flush toilet paper in Catania, or not?

  6. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Catania is One of the ugliest places in Europe, litterally cannot imagine why anyone would book for a trip there.
    Stay in Siracusa instead, visit Noto

  7. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Catania is kinda shit. I was in Sigonella for a year awhile back and didn't really care for Catania at all. Taormina is an awesome day trip, so is Palermo. The Nicosia winery was nice for a meal and a small tour of the vineyards, not sure if you are traveling with a wife or girlfriend but something like this would be primo for the lady. If you are a red wine person I highly recommend getting to know Nero D'Avola, as it only comes from Sicily. Get a rental and do day trips away from Catania. Also, depending on how long you are there, take the ferry for a day or three. Seeing Mt Etna is a life experience though.

  8. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Catania as a city is not that interesting. Etna is beautiful though

  9. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Syracuse museum is great

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