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.