A modestly sized hotel on Catania’s high street – Via
Etnea – the Hotel Agathae is right in the thick of the action.
From our hotel door one looks left toward the Cathedral of Sant’Agata
(St. Agatha), the heart of the city, and right toward the looming
bulk of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active
The stunning architecture of Catania strikes the visitor almost
immediately, though much of this great city was destroyed in 1693
by a devastating earthquake. Much was rebuilt in the 18th century,
during the period of Bourbon rule, resulting in many of the stunning
edifices today retaining that out of time grandeur.
Ok, so we don't have a Colosseum or an Uffizi Gallery, but we have
the best nightlife of any city in Italy, our town is beautiful and
interesting, it's near the beach and in the shadow of an active
volcano, and it's a whole lot cheaper to have a good time here than
in mainland Italy. in addition to all that, us Sicilians are the
friendliest and most hospitable people in Italy - really - ask anyone!
The city is a modest size and the best way to get around is on
foot. The aforementioned Duomo, which represents the beating heart
of the city, is a short stroll down Via Etnea, passing through the
impressive Piazza Univeritá. The Duomo, like much of the
city, was rebuilt after the earthquake but the original cathedral
dated back to the 12th century. Saint Agatha, the patron saint of
the city, was martyred here in the 3rd century AD and is said to
protect the city from the formidable Mount Etna that overshadows
much of the east coast of Sicily.
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How to find us
As you can see from the map above, Via Etnea is the principal street
running from north to south through Catania. If arriving by car
simply follow signs for the centre and Via Etnea. Hotel Agathae
is at number 229.
If you’re arriving by train or coach either from Catania
Airport or other parts of Sicily, you’ll most likely come
into Catania Central Station, which is about a 20 minute walk from
the centre. Any taxi journey within the city of Catania costs a
fixed price of €10 to tourists.
If you’re arriving by ferry or hovercraft to the Port of
Catania the same goes – a 20 minute walk or a €10 taxi
Print out the map above to help you find your way here. When you
arrive we’ll be able to give you a tourist map covering the
city centre in more detail.