Flights Nice Catania
Flights from Nice to Catania, discover a different Sicily
Visit the second largest city in Sicily with our flights from Nice to Catania! You will not be disappointed! Nestled on the east of the island, this Sicilian gem will surround you with its warmth. Experience the legendary friendliness of the Catanesi during your holiday in Catania!
Flights from Nice to Catania: the city and the volcano!
The city draws its strength and energy from Etna, the famous volcano, which peaks at 3330 metres. For centuries, the residents have learned to live alongside one of the most monitored and majestic volcanoes in the world. The inhabitants of Catania look to their patron saint Agatha to watch over them, whom they worship in all kinds of circumstances. During your holiday in Catania, you may enjoy the specialty of the city that pays tribute to her: “The breasts of Saint Agatha”
Cheap ticket from Nice to Catania: architectural treasures and haunting beauty!
If Catania's development has always been punctuated by Etna's eruptions, the city has also been enriched by the various civilisations which colonised it. Architectural traces of the Greeks, Byzantines, Romans and Arabs can be seen, contributing to Catania's reputation as a city of history and heritage. From the Duomo of St. Agatha to the Palazzo Biscari and the Castello Ursino ... by way of the colourful alleys of Catania, you will be enchanted by the majesty of these places.
By booking one of our cheap ticket from Nice to Catania, you are guaranteed a scenic getaway close to France! Catania is rich with picture postcard landscapes, amongst which the sandy beaches of San Giovanni Li Cuti and La Plaia, lulled by the Ionian Sea.Flights from Nice to Catania, make your dream a reality!
Top 10 must-sees
- Piazza Duomo: Around the sculpted fountains, admire the site's Baroque architecture, including the beautiful facade of the Saint Agatha Cathedral. The latter presents two very distinct styles of architecture: the columns of the lower level date back to original Romanesque structure, while the rest of the facade is the result of Baroque restoration in the 18th century.
- Elephant fountain: In the centre of Duomo Square, this pretty fountain, surmounted by a huge elephant carved out of lava stone, is the work of architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. On the back of the elephant lies an obelisk on which hieroglyphics are inscribed.
- Collegiata: This beautiful Baroque style basilica is distinguished by its carefully crafted facade. It was built at the beginning of the 18th century by Stefano Ittar, one of Catania's most important Baroque architects, along with Vaccarini.
- San Benedetto Church: Destroyed in 1693, then rebuilt in Baroque style, this church, with a lavishly decorated interior, invites you to admire its polychrome marble, its murals representing Saint Benedict, its semi-precious stones, etc.
- Via Crocifieri: It is the oldest street in Catania and the one that best illustrates Catania's Baroque style. The buildings that surround it confer a unique beauty and harmony.
- Biscari Palace: It is the city's most beautiful civil building. It was built by Ignatius Paternò Castello, Prince of Biscari, lover of art, literature and archaeology, who financed a number of excavations and installed an archaeological museum inside his palace.
- Greek-Roman archaeological park: In the heart of the modern city, admire the remarkably preserved ruins which date back to the 2nd century after J.C. within this park, which is composed of three main buildings, including a Roman theatre, opulent theatre with 7,000 seats built in a mixture of marble and black lava stones and the ancient amphitheatre, one of the largest of its kind in Sicily.
- Fish Market: This fish market presents a particularly picturesque experience where the cries of fishermen with their chiselled faces mingle with indescribable smells. A memorable visit!
- Etna Park: Explore the paths that are unique in the world, punctuated by 200 caves scattered throughout the area of Etna Park, formerly used by man as a refuge and place of burial. The most famous are the caves of Lamponi, TreLivellide'lGelo and Palombes.
- Fondachello: To enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea, you'll prefer this beautiful beach, which is cleaner and less crowded than that of Catania.
An intrinsically gastronomic cuisine
In Catania there are, first of all, the specialities of the sea that will delight you. Octopus, shrimp, slipper limpets and marinated masculini (anchovies from the sea) alongside delicious salads, whilst sea bream and bream are succulent grilled meats. Sparacanaci, fried young red mullet, is definitely worth trying!
Another thing you must try: pasta alla norma, a delicious pasta dish which originates from Catania, with fried eggplant and ricotta (and which owes its name to Bellini's opera).
It's impossible to ignore the famous arancini, crispy balls of rice stuffed with cheese, vegetables or meat. Pure delight in every bite.
When it comes to Sicilian desserts, they'll make you lose your mind: cannoli filled with ricotta, cassata (cake made from ricotta , a sponge cake, marzipan and candied fruits ), without forgetting the spectacular ice creams!
Catania events Calendar
February: Saint Agatha Festival
It is the most important festival of Catania. For a few days, around 5th February, the city celebrates Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr, by holding a torchlight procession known as the luminaria.
February: Carnival in Acireale
If you think the parade of tanks and big paper mache heads is interesting after a grand opening parade, the parades in the evenings are superb: a highly colourful and brightly lit show fills the streets and squares of the historic centre. A sight not to be missed!
March/April: Holy Week
The rites of Settimana santa are celebrated in many Sicilian cities including Caltanissetta, Caltagirone, Enna, Erice and Trapani with its very long procession of believers who wear woodworks from the 17th century, known as the “Mysteries”.
August: “Mata and Grifone” Giants Parade
The Giants parade takes place on 13th and 14th August before the Great Vara procession on 15th August, the highlight of the August holidays (Ferragosto). The procession mobilises a thousand people harnessed to two long ropes and pulling an 8 ton float (the Vara), to lead the Virgin to Duomo Square.
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