Popular Destinations: Catania


The Sicilian citadel of chocolate, Modica, is worth a visit to the island's oldest factory, Bonajuto Dolceria. Francesco Bonajuto opened a small candy store in the picturesque Baroque town in 1880 and meticulously prepared his increasingly famous cakes.

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Throughout its thousand years old history, the city has always been an important trading port on the Mediterranean Sea.

Messina was founded by the ancient Greeks during the Greek colonization of the Mediterranean. Later, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Arabs, the Normans, the Swabians and the Anjou rulers left their cultural and architectural imprint on the region just as the once so frequent earthquakes and wars.

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There are only a few places in the world where the past and the present, the myths and the reality live in such a harmony with each other. Syracuse is such a place like this. Its old town built from white marble is surrounded by the modern part of the city almost politely.

Although Syracuse doesn't have an airport, it's easily accessible from the nearby Catania Fontanarossa Airport.

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Catania Airport

Catania, one of Sicily's most important commercial centres, lays on the eastern side of the island, 30 kilometres from the Mount Etna, where the last major volcano outbreak happened in 1693.

It wasn't today - maybe that's why the locals found it proper to build their homes and other buildings from the volcano's black lava stones.

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Taormina is one of Sicily's top travel destinations since the 19th century, when it became part of the European Grand Tour. It is a popular resort town nowadays as well, with many interesting sights and attractions.

Taormina, Sicily's jewel has a lot of picturesque remnants from its Greek and Roman times (The most famous one is the Greek Theatre), has a medieval quarter and castle ruins as well. There are modern shops and restaurants of course, but those are not the reasons to come here.

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