Via Etna, the best street to stay in Catania

Where is the best area to stay in Catania?

Catania is a great place to use as a base for visiting Sicily, due to its nearby airport, great hotel offering, and its proximity to the Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanos, which is almost always in a permanent state of eruption.


The best area to stay in Catania is its historical centre. La Piazza del Duomo, which houses two of the city´s most visited attractions, El Duomo (The Cathedral) and the famous Fountain of the Elephant, is the most central point which you can use as a reference to judge how far a hotel is from the city centre. Some hotels also offer amazing views of the Etna from their rooftop terraces.


Via Etnea has great views of the volcano on clear days and is the main shopping street which crosses the centre of Catania. Via Fiorintina is where the majority of restaurants are concentrated, although it’s not difficult to find bars and restaurants to satisfy every appetite in any part of the city centre.


The central bus station and the main train stations are also set in the centre, making it easy to travel to other areas of the island. There are also many buses passing through which will take you to the airport.

Hotel   Price per night
Hotel Trieste
Via Leonardi 24
58€ - 65$
Hotel   Price per night
Hotel Centrale Europa
Via Vittorio Emanuele Ii° N° 167
67€ - 75$
Hotel   Price per night
Hotel Etnea 316
Via Etnea 316
68€ - 76$
Manganelli Palace
Via Recalcaccia 2
82€ - 92$
Hotel   Price per night
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Via Etnea 218
136€ - 152$
Duomo Suites & Spa
Via Garibaldi, 23
227€ - 254$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Catania, Sicily, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.


If you were interested in finding out where to stay in Catania, you may also be interested in knowing where to stay in Palermo and where to stay in Taormina.

Where to sleep near Catania


If we are en route for Sicily and don’t want to enter and stay in Catania we can stay in one of the towns on the Gulf of Catania, bathed by the Ionian Sea, or at the foot of Etna if we want to go up and explore.


Aci Castello: just 20 minutes from Catania towards Taormina we can stay in the small fishing village of Aci Castello. Its main attractions are the black basalt castle, crystal clear waters and fresh fish restaurants. The beaches leave a lot to be desired.


Acireale: past Aci Castello in the direction of Taormina is the village of Acireale, 17 km from Catania. Full of history and charm, it offers a wide range of accommodation and a fisherman's neighbourhood (Santa Maria La Scala) worthy of a postcard.


Nicolosi: if we are going to visit Etna, a good option is to stay in Nicolosi, the town at the foot of the volcano from where the cable car leaves. Nicolosi is about 30 minutes by car from Catania.