Explore Catania like an insider! Secret locations, experiences and untold stories only the locals know… Our staff are proud to reveal Mercure Local Stories.
A HORSE WITH NO HEAD
The legend is set in Via Crociferi, a place where the nobles lived and wher...
WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY, CATANIA?
It was in the early 90s that Catania entered a breathtaking florid musical ...
A PALACE FOR COLDPLAY
Built after the catastrophic earthquake in 1693 over a few surviving 1500s ...
A SHEET OF WATER
The typically Sicilian idiom acqua a linzolu (water in sheets) derives just...
A RIVER OF WINE
With its young man’s face and bull’s body, the Amenano (the Greek god Amena...
A DIVE IN THE VOLCANO
In Catania you can dive into what was once a pool of lava. The Etna and it...
Upon returning from his German campaign, Frederick II, King of the Two Sici...
BIG CITY LIGHTS
On February 3rd, the city of Catania lightens up for the feast of Saint Aga...
HUGGING THE CATHEDRAL
At the center of Piazza Palestro, you will find Porta Garibaldi, one of the...
MOUNTAIN OF FIRE
Mount Etna, Catania’s famous volcano, may be defined in many ways. Likewise...
Liotru is the name of the elephant at the center of the fountain designed b...
A LEMON SELTZ KEEPS THE THIRST AWAY
To quench the city’s heat, there is only one 100% local drink: the lemon se...
SET IN STONE
Four characters populate the University square. There they stand, still and...
THE VARAGGHIU TRADITION
The nickname chosen by the people of Catania for the garden may sound unusu...
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