The first thing you’ll notice as you approach Sicily’s second largest city on your Catania airport transfer is its dramatic, mysterious neighbour. The volcano Mount Etna looms over the historic city – the perfect theatrical back drop for this gritty, romantic town. |
The next thing you’ll notice are the domes and towers of Catania’s historic centre, creating picturesque, shaded streets for you and your loved one to explore at your own pace.
There is plenty to see in Catania, but if what you’re looking for is romance then here are my recommendations for the five most romantic spots in the city:
1. The Lungomare San Giovanni li Cuti
Just to the south of the city is the Lungomare San Giovanni li Cuti, a beautiful coastal area with dramatic black sand and volcanic boulders. You can sunbathe here during the day but it is at its most romantic in the evening, when you can watch the evening sun while looking out at the Mediterranean. There are a number of small restaurants in this traditional fishing area where you can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere as well as mouthwatering seafood.
2. Villa Bellini
If you’re tired of sightseeing, take a stroll together through the beautiful city park, the Villa Bellini. Climb one of the park’s hills and you will discover a view out over the entire city – a romantic place to enjoy a little alone-time together.
3. Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini
During your stay in Catania, take time to visit the impressive 19th Century theatre, the Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini. Host to performers including Pavarotti, Corelli and Alain Lombard, it has attracted producers including Franco Zeffirelli, Werner Herzog and Denis Krief. Visiting an evening performance of one of the classic operas and musical productions put on here each season makes for a memorable experience for any couple.
4. The Botanical Garden
Part of the University of Catania, the Orto Botanico, or botanical gardens, are close to the Villa Bellini and offer another beautiful, shaded spot to take a romantic stroll. You don’t need to be interested in local flora to appreciate the palms, succulents, and native Sicilian plants and trees – this is simply a wonderful place to spend an hour or two.
5. Etnea Rooftop Bar
If you prefer your sightseeing with a chilled drink in your hand, head up to the rooftop terrace at the top of Una Hotel and take advantage of the stunning views of Mount Etna. The bar is cool and relaxed, and if you visit at sunset you’ll get to enjoy the free aperitivo buffet for the price of your drink.
How to Get to Catania
The easiest way to get to Catania is to fly to Catania airport with one of the budget airlines which fly there, such as easyJet and Norwegian Air. Book a Catania airport transfer with Shuttle Direct online before you set off and a driver will be waiting for you when you land.
With a Shuttle Direct Catania airport transfer you can choose between taking a private car or booking a budget shared group transfer from the airport into the city. Starting your romantic weekend away has never been so easy!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for the most affordable Catania airport transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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