Travel and Culture in Sicily
According to the legend told by Homer in his Odyssey, the Cyclops Polyphemus, who was blinded by the clever Ulysses, lived here.
What is fascinating in Catania is the great variety of landscapes which you can discover, as soon as you move from the town centre.
You can find the Piana di Catania to the South, the richest and most fruitful area of the province.
It includes river Simeto, whose mouth has been declared Nature Oasis.
Towards the West stands Mount Etna, the biggest volcano in Europe, that is a real nature and cultural heritage. According to the legend told by Homer in his Odyssey, the Cyclops Polyphemus, who was blinded by the clever Ulysses, lived here.
If you want to get nearer to this nature monument, you can go up the Etna by the circumetnea railway on the North-West side, as far as Bronte and Randazzo. Otherwise, if you have a car, it is possible to reach the mountain from the sea, on the southern side, only in half an hour.
Then if you want to make more adventurous excursions, the Azienda Provinciale di Turismo (the Province Tourist Board) of Catania organizes some guided excursions to reach the height of 1.910 metres, where you can see the volcanic eruptions without danger. We advise you not to make any personally organized excursions.
Besides Mount Etna, the hinterland of Catania has big surprises for you. If you love nature we advise you to explore the old forests of Calatino and the gorges of Alcantara.