Want to go south? Choose our last-minute flights to Catania Fontanarossa
Dynamic, young, charismatic: Catania is a wonderful city on the south-eastern Sicilian coast.
In fact, never say to a Sicilian that Sicily is just Taormina and its beautiful beaches. You can have a holiday that you will never forget on the island, visiting its fantastic locations, such as Catania.
Overlooking the Ionian Sea where a crystal clear sea awaits you along a continuous succession of cliffs and inlets, dominated by the silhouette of the Etna volcano, already described by Pindar as the “column that sustains the sky”: it actually gives arouses emotions every time you look at it…
The capital has ancient origins that date back to the 8th century when it was founded by the Greeks and today is one of the most visited cities by tourists. Is it its tasty granitas that attract them?
It is certainly one of the reasons; another is that it is very easy to reach: Catania’s Fontanarossa airport, also known as Vincenzo Bellini, is the busiest airport in Sicily and is about ten kilometres from the capital.
Albastar takes you to Catania with direct flights from Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio.
If you are planning to visit the south of Italy and in particular this wonderful island, you can book directly on our website or contact Albastar’s call center.
With a few clicks you can compare the different flight offers, including using the major online search engines: in general, if you book four weeks before your departure date, you will find the lowest prices to travel.
If you are unable to buy a ticket well in advance, snap up a last minute ticket at a price that fits your budget perfectly.
So what are the must-dos when you decide to visit Catania?
The historic centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a gem and rich in baroque churches and buildings. The symbol of the city is the small elephant in Piazza del Duomo. If you don’t have a lot of time, you should at least visit the Cathedral of Sant’Agata: the Carrara marble façade is splendid, while the inside holds the remains of the saint that is celebrated every year with a popular and religious festival that attracts millions of faithful.
Just behind Piazza del Duomo, take a stroll to the fish market, also known as the Pescheria, but only if you seeing beheaded swordfish, live lobsters, sardines and anchovies isn’t too much for you!
Via Etna, which takes its name from the fact that it goes in the direction of the suggestive volcano, starts here and the volcano is constantly visible along the 3 km walk. Along the way, between one shop window and another, you can enjoy a granita in one of the many cafés and, if it’s not too early, go into a trattoria and ask for some pasta alla Norma.
Via dei Crociferi is also beautiful with its five churches and above all with the not to be missed former Benedictine monastery of San Nicolò l’Arena.
A stop to catch your breath? In the beautiful gardens of Villa Bellini you can walk in the shade of its trees and admire its splendid fountains.
However, artistic monuments and gastronomic specialities are not the only reason to organise a trip to Catania. Once you have got here, take a few hours to go on a excursion up Etna along one of its many nature trails: there is something for all levels of difficulty!