Catania lies in a very favorable location comprised between the Ionian Sea and the Etna, the European’s highest volcano that has heavily affected its history. Etna features four main lateral craters and several minor ones. The climate is hot, notably in the summer season.
The coastline, stretching out to Riposto and referred to as the “Timpa”, is very distinctive, with a variety of amazing spots, high rocky walls – some reaching 100 metres in height – and caves, formed by marine erosion. Acqua Ranni – with a famous lava cleef –, Santa Maria la Scala, Santa Tecla, Stazzo and Pozzillo are among its most frequented sea resorts. The whole province is characterized by a rich flora, mainly the mediterranean bush.