Industrial and economical city, Catania has shamelessly climbed to the fore, thanks to its hidden beauties. Its soul is Greek, in fact, it was the Chalcidians who founded Catania in 729 B.C, then Romans, Bizantines, Normans and further more, lively with visible contrasts and sceneries.
The sea and Etna, the philosophy and commerce, the theatre and local market. All in a wild and vital contrast.
The traveller can’t avoid falling in love and appreciating its history, made up of continual rebirths, under the shadow of the vulcano. Something not to lose, is the festival of Saint Agata (3-6 February), a spectacular appointment between faith and folklore. Three days of cult, devotion, folklore and traditions, which are not to be found anywhere else in the world.
Only the Holy Week of Siviglia in Spain and the festival of Corpus Domini in Cusco in Peru can be compared, regarding the popularity of the Catania festival, for over 5 centuries.