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cataniaCatania's historic center is a UNESCO-listed wonder, where black-and-white palazzi tower over sweeping baroque piazzas. Beneath it, all are the ancient ruins of a town with over 2700 years of history and heritage. Catania is particularly well known for its street food: arancine, granita and the much-loved cipollina, a specialty made with puff pastry, tomato, onion, mozzarella and ham. This is also the home of Sicily's iconic Pasta alla Norma and the extraordinary La Pescheria market. Catania's patron saint is St. Agatha who was martyred here in the 3rd century is so well loved by the locals to merit a feast attracting people from all over the world and a particularly beautiful church: the Abbey of Saint Agatha. Keeping an eye on it all is the still active volcano of Mt Etna that dominates the landscape of eastern Sicily. At a height of 3329 meters, it is Italy's highest mountain south of the Alps and the largest active volcano in Europe. It's in an almost constant state of activity and eruptions occur frequently from the four summit craters, but more often, and more dangerously, from the fissures and old craters on the mountain's flanks. Since 1987 the volcano and its slopes have been part of a national park, called Parco dell'Etna with a varied landscape ranging from the severe, snow-capped mountaintop to the lunar deserts of barren black lava, beech woods and lush vineyards where the area's highly rated DOC wine is produced. Starting from Milazzo or even Portorosa, it is possible to enjoy a day-long excursion to the Volcano, with rented cars, equipment and guides.

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