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The province of Catania comprises fifty-eight cities totalling an extension of 3,552 square kilometres and over a million inhabitants. Catania is most renowned for its neighboring, European’s highest, and still active, volcano, that has played a decisive role in the city’s history. Catania has survived numerous disasters – as were several eruptions and at least three big earthquakes numbering victims in the thousands – always regaining its former splendor.

Also renowned is the city’s devotion to its patron Sant’Agata, celebrated on 3 February by a procession of “Candelore”, huge candles carried by the devotees, preceded by a wooden chandelier where are portrayed scenes of the saint’s martyrdom. Other processions take place on the following days.

Catania is renowned for being the birth-place of illustrious figures, such as musician Vincenzo Bellini and writer Giovanni Verga (born at Vizzini), and boasts an important culinary tradition that much owes to the province’s thriving agriculture. Much appreciated are the “pizze” and the “scacciate” (kinds of local pastries) and the seafood and fish cuisine, notably along the seaside.

 

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Catania
Aci Bonaccorsi
Aci Castello
Aci Catena
Acireale
Aci Sant'antonio
Aci Trezza
Adrano
Belpasso
Biancavilla
Bronte
Calatabiano
Caltagirone
Camporotondo Etneo
Castel Di Judica
Castiglione Di Sicilia
Fiumefreddo Di Sicilia
Giarre
Grammichele
Gravina Di Catania
Licodia Eubea
Linguaglossa
Maletto
Maniace
Mascali
Mascalucia
Mazzarrone
Militello Val Di Catania
Milo
Mineo
Mirabella Imbaccari
Misterbianco
Motta Santa Anastasia
Nicolosi
Palagonia
Paternò
Pedara
Piedimonte Etneo
Raddusa
Ragalna
Ramacca
Randazzo
Riposto
San Cono
San Giovanni La Punta
San Gregorio
San Michele Di Ganzaria
San Pietro Clarenza
Sant'agata Li Battiati
Sant'alfio
Santa Maria Di Licodia
Santa Venerina
Scordia
Trecastagni
Tremestieri Etneo
Valverde
Viagrande
Vizzini
Zafferana Etnea

OTHER LOCALTIES

Il Vulcano Etna
Aci San Filippo
Aci Platani
Monterosso
Santa Maria La Scala
Santa Tecla
Stazzo

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