The picturesque port city is a real gem of the autonomous region of Sicily. It is located on the east coast of the island and is located directly at the southern foot of Mount Etna. About 200 kilometers separate Catania from the island’s capital Palermo. The village is located at the mouth of the Simeto, the second longest river in Sicily.
The history of Catania goes back a long way. It begins with the settlement of the area by the Sikels, long before the Greek Chalkidians founded their colony Katane there around 729 BC. The development in the following two centuries is hardly documented. In the early 5th century BC, the then ruling Hieron expelled the inhabitants of Katane and resettled them to Leontinoi. At the same time, he changed the city and brought 10,000 new colonists there. In addition, he increased the territory. Only after the death of Hieron in 466 BC. the exiles managed to recapture their city and return home.
Where is Catania in Italy?
geographical location: at the foot of Mount Etna, on the east coast of Sicily
Capital of the province: Catania
Height above sea level: 7 m
Foreigners residing in Catania: 14,600 (4.7% of the total population)
University: Università degli Studi di Catania (56,000 students)
local holiday: February 5th (feast of the patron saint of Sant’Agata)
Economy: microelectronics, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, mass media, tourism
License Plate Number: CT
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