Comune di Catania
Catania skyline
Catania skyline
Flag of Catania
Location of Catania
Catania is located in Italy
Location of Catania in Sicily
Catania is located in Sicily
Catania (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°30′0″N 15°5′25″E / 37°30′0″N 15°5′25″E / 37.50000; 15.09028
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Part ofLate Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)
Inscription2002 (26th Session)
Area38.5 ha (4,140,000 sq ft)
Buffer zone80.13 ha (8,625,000 sq ft)
Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square)
u Liotru, symbol of Catania
Stesichorus Square and Bellini's Monument (Piazza Stesicoro – Monumento a Vincenzo Bellini)

Catania (Italian: [kaˈtaːnja] (About this soundlisten)) is the second largest city of Sicily after Palermo located on the east coast 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 population of the city proper is 320,000 while the population of the city's metropolitan area, Metropolitan City of Catania, stood at 1,116,168 inhabitants.

Catania was destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169[1] and 1693, and by several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna, the most violent of which was in 1669.[1]

Catania was founded in the 8th century BC by Chalcidians.[1] In 1434, the first university in Sicily was founded in the city.[1] In the 14th century and into the Renaissance period, Catania was one of Italy's most important cultural, artistic and political centres.[1]

The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy. Its old town, besides being one of the biggest examples of baroque architecture in Italy, is a World Heritage Site, protected by UNESCO.

Catania has been a native or adoptive homeland of some of Italy's most famous artists and writers, including composers Vincenzo Bellini and Giovanni Pacini, and writers Giovanni Verga, Luigi Capuana, Federico De Roberto and Nino Martoglio.

The city is the main industrial, logistical and commercial center of Sicily. It is the home of the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, the largest in Southern Italy.


Catania is located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, at the foot of Mount Etna.

As observed by Strabo, the location of Catania at the foot of Mount Etna has been both a curse and a blessing. On the one hand, violent outbursts of the volcano throughout history have destroyed large parts of the city, whilst on the other hand the volcanic ashes yield fertile soil, especially suited for the growth of vines. (Strab. vi. p. 269)

Two subterranean rivers run under the city; the Amenano, which surfaces at one single point south of Piazza Duomo, and the Longane (or Lognina).[2]

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Catania
العربية: قطانية
aragonés: Catania
asturianu: Catania
Aymar aru: Catania
azərbaycanca: Kataniya
تۆرکجه: کاتانیا
Bân-lâm-gú: Catania
беларуская: Катанія
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Катанія
български: Катания
bosanski: Catania
brezhoneg: Catania
català: Catània
čeština: Katánie
corsu: Catania
dansk: Catania
Deutsch: Catania
eesti: Catania
Ελληνικά: Κατάνια
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Catania
español: Catania
Esperanto: Katanio
euskara: Catania
فارسی: کاتانیا
français: Catane
Gaeilge: Catania
galego: Catania
한국어: 카타니아
հայերեն: Կատանիա
hrvatski: Catania
Bahasa Indonesia: Catania
Ирон: Катани
íslenska: Catania
italiano: Catania
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಕಟೇನಿಯ
ქართული: კატანია
қазақша: Катания
Kiswahili: Catania
kurdî: Catania
Latina: Catana
latviešu: Katānija
lietuvių: Katanija
lumbaart: Catania
magyar: Catania
मराठी: कातानिया
მარგალური: კატანია
Bahasa Melayu: Catania
Nederlands: Catania (stad)
Nēhiyawēwin / ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ: Catania
日本語: カターニア
Napulitano: Catania
нохчийн: Катани
norsk: Catania
norsk nynorsk: Catania
occitan: Catània
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Kataniya
پنجابی: کاٹانیا
Piemontèis: Catania
polski: Katania
português: Catânia
Qaraqalpaqsha: Catania
română: Catania
Runa Simi: Catania
русский: Катания
संस्कृतम्: कटानिया
sardu: Catania
Scots: Catania
sicilianu: Catania
Simple English: Catania
slovenčina: Catania
slovenščina: Catania
српски / srpski: Катанија
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Catania
suomi: Catania
svenska: Catania
tarandíne: Catania
татарча/tatarça: Катания
tetun: Catania
Türkçe: Katanya
Twi: Catania
українська: Катанія
اردو: کاتانیا
vèneto: Catania
Tiếng Việt: Catania
Volapük: Catania
Winaray: Catania
吴语: 卡塔尼亚
粵語: 卡坦尼亞
中文: 卡塔尼亞