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What are the major attractions in Catania?

If your trip to Catania is all organized but your itinerary is looking a bit empty, we can give you a helping hand.

Take in the best that this place has to offer by adding Elephant Fountain and Catania Cathedral to your travel schedule. If you have an extra day up your sleeve, have a look at Palazzo Biscari and Greek-Roman Theatre as well.

Not far from the city center, Catania Beach is one spot you might like to put on your to-do list. If you still have room on your itinerary, Via Etnea and Piazza Stesicoro will keep you entertained as well.

What are the best road trip destinations near Catania?

Be sure to have a full tank of gas, because Syracuse is worth making a detour for. Located 31 miles from Catania, it boasts a few fabulous attractions, such as Temple of Apollo and Cathedral of Syracuse. Still up for a bit of sightseeing? Punch Messina into your GPS. This appealing destination also features some cool sights like Cathedral of Messina and Messina Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock, and it's just 53 miles away.

Where are the best beaches near Catania?

There's nothing quite like opening the car window and feeling the cool sea breeze in your hair while you're driving by the sea. Pack a picnic hamper and spend some time relaxing at one of the magnificent beaches near Catania. Popular options include:

  • Lungomare di Ognina (2 miles away).
  • Catania Beach (2 miles away).
  • Agnone Beach (12 miles away).

Where are the best convention centers near Catania?

Situated 1 mile from Catania, Le Ciminiere Fairs and Convention Center is an excellent place to go for a business conference. After a tiring day of mingling and making new friends, you'll be able to drive out to a nearby café or go for a leisurely spin around the area.

How can I get a cheap car rental in Catania?

We've pulled together a list of our top tips and tricks to help you save on a car rental:

  • Use our convenient filter tool to help steer you toward the cheapest car deals around — and then compare the prices;
  • Make sure you check your inbox for our fantastic Price Drop Alert. We'll keep you in the know about all the hot deals cruising around your location;
  • Before you pick up your car keys and get behind the wheel, take a look at both airport and non-airport pickup and drop-off outlets to ensure you're getting the cheapest deal around;
  • If your vacation dates are not etched in stone, try scoring a lower price by modifying the days of the week in your search;
  • To avoid paying late fees or for a whole extra day, aim to keep your pickup and drop-off times as similar as possible;
  • Keep more cash in your wallet. You'll get some of the best deals when you prepay your rental vehicle;
  • It's best to book as soon as your dates are locked in. The earlier you book, the bigger the choice.

What kind of rental car should I get for Catania?

Catania is big. You could hang out for a good while in this place and hardly scratch the surface. If you want to soak up as much as you can in this energetic metropolis, a rental car is a must. Bear in mind that driving in the city often comes with tight streets and limited parking spaces. But don't stress — a compact or an economy car will make this much less daunting. If you can't wait to leave the city behind and explore the cliffs that Catania is famous for, you'll probably prefer something with more room. A full-size or mid-size SUV will suit your needs.

Should I get a luxury rental car in Catania?

You'll be glad to hear that there's a broad range of luxury rental vehicles available in Catania. What you end up going for will depend on what you're willing to spend as well as what you plan to do. Specialty vehicles are all about mod cons and comfort. If you're splurging, why not pick up an SUV with all the bells and whistles, or perhaps a flashy mid-size sedan? Otherwise, if you're just after a set of wheels to get you from A to B at the cheapest price possible, you're better off going with a versatile compact vehicle (or something else that's unlikely to break the bank).

What do I need to know about driving in Catania?

Adventure awaits around every corner in Catania. And with your own ride, you'll easily track it down. Make your trip to this city a safe and easy one with these helpful pointers:

What side of the road do they drive on in Catania?

You'll be driving on the right-hand side of the road in Catania. Even though it may seem similar to home, it's wise to drive a little more cautiously in places you've never been.

Is it difficult to park in Catania?

You'll discover plenty of places to leave the car in Catania. Even in the busiest areas, there's often a space right where you need it.

Does Catania have peak-hour traffic?

Since the population of Catania is approximately 290,900, you shouldn't have too much difficulty with traffic. That being said, downtown streets usually get busy in the rush hours before and after work, so you may want to avoid driving during these times.

Are there speed limits in Catania?

There are. In the city of Catania, speed limits range from 30 km/h to 130 km/h. Residential areas have a default speed limit of 50 km/h unless stated otherwise.

What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in Catania?

Generally, your rental car company will charge the fined amount to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may share your contact details with local law enforcement agencies so they can issue a fine directly to you.

Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Catania?

As long as you have hands-free functions like Bluetooth enabled, you are able to use your phone while driving around Catania. Just make sure you remain focused on the road.

What are the rules around drink driving in Catania?

In Catania, it's a punishable offence to operate a vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) above 0.05%. If you're in the mood for a few drinks over dinner, you'd be wise to leave the car behind.

Is turning on a red light allowed in Catania?

Turning on a red light is a big no-no in Catania. Always be on the alert for traffic lights and signs so you don't break any road rules.

Are seat belts compulsory in Catania?

By law everyone must wear a seat belt. Although, there are some exceptions for certain vehicles used by public transportation systems.

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