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Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the Metropolitan City of Catania, one of the ten biggest cities in Italy, and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy.
The symbol of the city is u Liotru, or the Fontana dell'Elefante, assembled in 1736 by Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. It portrays an ancient lavic stone elephant and is topped by an Egyptian obelisk from Syene.
UNA Hotel Palace
Via Etnea, 218, Catania City Centre, Catania, Italy
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Centrally located, UNA Hotel Palace offers easy access to Catania's popular sightseeing and retail areas. It also provides an express check-in and check-out feature, meeting rooms and a rooftop terrace.
This 4-star hotel offers a concierge, babysitting/child services and a 24-hour reception. A fitness centre can be readily accessed by those wanting to keep up their exercise regimes while travelling.
The modern rooms offer a private bathroom, wireless internet access and a mini bar. They all have heating, a radio and an in-room closet.
On-site dining options include a restaurant, which is an ideal place to have a meal. In the evening, guests are welcome to relax in the comfortable lounge bar. Guests can also try one of the many bars and cafés in the local area.
Local attractions near Una Hotel Palace Catania include the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Palazzo Biscari and the Orto Botanico dell'Universita di Catania. It is within a 20-minute walk of Catania Centrale Railway Station, which allows easy access in and around Catania.
Catania International Airport Hotel
Via San Giuseppe La Rena 94, Catania, Italy
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Catania International Airport Hotel is located in Catania and features a free shuttle service. The multiple facilities this modern hotel has to offer include meeting rooms, 24-hour room service and a 24-hour reception.
This 4-star hotel offers on-site parking, a concierge and luggage storage. The on-site day spa provides a variety of facial and body treatments.
The modern rooms at Catania International Airport Hotel offer a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV and a seating area. They all feature wireless internet access, a telephone and heating.
A buffet breakfast and dinner is served every day in Catania International Airport Hotel's restaurant. In the evening, guests can enjoy a drink in the cosy lounge bar.
Catania International Airport Hotel is within walking distance of Plaia. The hotel's multilingual staff are available to make sure that every guest has a comfortable stay.
Katane Palace Hotel
Via Finocchiaro Aprile 110, Catania City Centre, Catania, Italy
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Centrally located, Katane Palace Hotel allows for easy access to Catania's main retail areas and tourist attractions. The multiple facilities this elegant hotel has to offer include an express check-in and check-out feature, a concierge and meeting rooms.
This 4-star hotel offers an airport shuttle, a 24-hour reception and porters. Corporate amenities include a business centre.
Equipped to ensure a comfortable stay, rooms feature a private terrace, a mini bar and a private bathroom. They all offer a flat-screen TV, a radio and a telephone.
Guests can dine in Katane Palace's charming restaurant, which offers local cuisine. In the evening, guests are able to enjoy a drink in the cosy lounge bar. Guests can also try one of the various bars and restaurants in the vicinity.
Local attractions close to Katane Palace Hotel Catania include the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania Cathedral and Roman Amphitheatre. It is within a 20-minute walk of Galatea Metro Station and Catania Centrale Railway Station, which allows for convenient access in and around Catania.
Royal Hotel Catania
Via A. Di Sangiuliano, 337, Catania City Centre, Catania, Italy
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Centrally located, Royal Hotel Catania offers easy access to Catania's main sightseeing and retail areas. The multiple amenities this elegant hotel has to offer include meeting rooms, a 24-hour reception and free wired internet access in public areas.
This 4-star hotel offers luggage storage, room service and a terrace. Honeymoon suites are available for those seeking some extra luxury.
Every charming room at Royal Hotel Catania comes with cable/satellite channels and a mini bar, while the bathrooms offer hair dryers and showers. They all feature a radio, a telephone and heating.
Hotel Royal's traditional restaurant offers guests a convenient dining option before heading out to sample the local bars. In the evening, guests are invited to relax in the comfortable lounge bar.
Catania's attractions, such as Catania Cathedral, the Castello Ursino and the Teatro Massimo Bellini, are within easy walking distance of Royal Hotel. There are also a variety of popular restaurants and bars nearby.
Fontana dell'Elefante In the centre of the piazza is the city's most memorable monument, the smiling Fontana dell'Elefante (Fountain of the Elephant; 1736). This comical statue is composed of a naive elephant, dating from the Roman period, surmounted by an improbable Egyptian obelisk.
Cattedrale di Sant'Agata Inside the vaulted interior of this cathedral, beyond its impressive marble facade sporting two orders of columns taken from the Roman amphitheatre, lie the relics of the city's patron saint.
Piazza del Duomo. Catania has a number of lovely squares, but none more gracious - or spacious - than Piazza del Duomo. The cathedral square is the center of the city and preserves the Baroque appearance conferred on it by Giovanni Battista Vaccarini in the early 18th century.
Sicily: Catania & the Southeast (Footprint Focus) (Footprint Focus Guide)
Packed with information on this fascinating destination, Footprintfocus Sicily: Catania and Southeast will guide you around all the best sights and provide you with up-to-date recommendations on where to eat, sleep and play.
The guide features:
* Essentials section with tips on getting there and around
* Up-to-date recommendations of great places to stay and eat
* Highlights map of the region plus detailed street maps of Taormina, Catania & Syracuse, with the key sights and listings marked
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