Catania Airport, officially called Vincenzo Bellini Airport, is located less than 5 kilometers away from the city center. Flights to Catania are operated by easyJet, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Alitalia, Transavia, Air Berlin, Luxair, Lufthansa, Aer Lingus, Wizz Air, and Thomson Airways. Major destinations covered by the flights include Pisa, Rome, Milan, Munich, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Paris, Dublin, London, Brussels, Copenhagen, and Budapest. Shuttle buses leave for the city every 30 minutes, and there are options for car rental at the rental offices inside the airport. Visitors can also find a taxi stand outside the airport, or use public bus service.
This ancient city was first established as a Greek settlement more than 2000 years ago. Having spent time occupied by Romans, by the medieval era Catania was a prosperous center for commerce, made possible by its ideal port location. Roman era amphitheatres are among the impressive landmarks in the area, and the Ursino Castle is notable for its architecture as well as the museum it currently holds. Mt. Etna is another nearby attraction, and it has constantly threatened and fascinated residents and visitors to the city through the course of history. The Taormina Port is also nearby, as is the Acireale village, home to two medieval cathedrals.
Flights from London, Paris, Stockholm, Geneva and Moscow depart for Catania, Sicily, regularly throughout the week and on weekends. There is an early morning direct flight from London to Catania (6.5 hours) and numerous 1-stop flights which take between 7.5 to 18 hours. There are direct flights and 1-stop flights from Paris. Direct flights take about 5.5 hours. One stop flights take from 7.5 to 30 hours. Flights from Stockholm include 1 and 2-stop flights and take from 9 to 32 hours. One stop flights from Geneva depart in the early morning and early evening and take about 9.5 hours. There are early morning 1 and 2-stop flights from Moscow which take between 10 and 30 hours to arrive. Airlines which travel to Catania include Easyjet, Iberia, British Airways, Airmalta, Turkish Airlines. Public transport between the city center and the airport is freely available in these major cities. These include shuttles, taxis, buses, metro and rail travel.
From the beauty of Mount Etna and it's skiing, hiking and historic importance to the striking majesty of Castello Ursino and religious significance of Catania Cathedral there is a great variety of activities to enjoy in Catania. Located in Sicily, Catania offers a slice of authentic Italian culture. For a taste of the performing arts, visit the the Teatro Massimo Bellini opera house Sicily, southern Italy named for the local-born composer. If you love sports, take in a football match at the Stadio Angelo Massimino.