Catania – Fontanarossa International Airport
Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (IATA: CTA) is the international airport serving the city of Catania, second largest city on the Italian island of Sicily. Also known as Vincenzo Bellini Airport after the Italian opera composer born in Catania, it is located 4.3 km from the city. It is the busiest airport in Sicily and the sixth busiest in Italy.
Catania Airport opened in 1924, as the first airport in the area. Due to its growth, the airport relocated and expanded in 1950 and 1981, whereas recently, at 2007, a new terminal was added.
Catania – Fontanarossa International Airport Transfer
Access to Catania–Fontanarossa International Airport is offered by train, via regional train lines such as the Messina-Syracuse railway, the Catania-Palermo railway, as well as the Catania-Caltagirone railway. The trip from and to Catania Central Station lasts about 10 minutes. The airport can also be reached by car, via the A19 motorway, linking Catania with Palermo and central Sicily. A shuttle bus as well offers transport to Catania city centre and the Central Train Station, while there are bus services linking the airport directly to other Sicilian cities and areas.
What to do in Catania
One thing that every traveler can agree on is that a trip to Sicily and Catania is an unforgettable experience. The Italian island is a true natural paradise, featuring all kinds of wonders. Mount Etna, this roaring giant, is the highest volcano in Europe, formed, according to scientists, more than 350,000 years ago and erupting multiple times still today. Under its slopes, Catania lies beautifully with its golden beaches and black lava cliffs, a city resembling to the mythical creature phoenix: repeatedly destroyed by earthquakes and eruptions, yet each time arising through its ashes more beautiful than before.
Catania was founded as an ancient Greek colony and since then has been home to numerous civilizations, such as the Carthaginians, Romans and Ostrogoths. Its rich history and culture cannot be missed through the many attractions of the city. Start by visiting Basilica Cattedrale Sant’ Agata, a masterpiece of Norman and Baroque architecture. Located in Piazza Del Duomo, it was constructed in 1078 over the ruins of Roman Baths and features beautiful frescos and the tomb of the composer Bellini. In the centre of this square, take a look at the fountains Fontana Dell’Elefanti and Fontana Dell’Amenano.
Catania has numerous castles and theatres, echoing its historical background. Visit Ursino Castle, built in the 13th century, standing in an astonishing condition today and featuring Museo Civico, where a collection of Hellenistic and Roman sculptures, porcelain, pottery, mosaics, ancient weaponry and paintings form one of the most important exhibitions of the area. Also, Teatro Romano, near the Catania Cathedral, was created in the 2nd century BC, yet remains in a perfect condition; look closer for the sections created from lava of the Mount Etna.
Stroll along Via dei Crociferi, a historical street featuring four iconic churches of Catania – Church of St. Francesco Borgia, Church of San Benedetto, Church of St. Francis Assisi and Church of San Giuliana; all four have a unique design and are worth visiting. While you continue your walks, you probably have already noticed one of the most impressive structures of Catania: Porta Garibaldi. The monumental gate, dedicated to King Ferdinand IV in 1768 but named after the Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi, stands out perfectly for you to notice.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Monastero dei Benedettini, founded in 1558, is an amalgamation of architectural styles that will leave you in awe. In the same complex, Chiesa di San Nicolo l’Arena is a quite peculiar building at first sight. Built over an ancient Greek Acropolis, it still features some of the original columns on the front façade which in fact has never been completed.
Surely, a trip to Catania cannot miss a day trip to Mount Etna, the roaring giant of Sicily. Book a private transfer – or hike if you wish – up to this immense stratovolcano, see the caldera and admire the breathtaking views. You can also take a fifteen kilometer private transfer to Aci Castello, north of Catania. The village is built around the castle, an iconic landmark of Sicilian Coast. Last but not least, if you long for some time on the beach, take your private taxi at Lido Azzurro, at a distance only 15 minutes to the south, and enjoy the golden sand and warm sun.
Spend your time in Catania of Sicily as relaxed as possible! Offer yourself the luxury to transfer privately from and to the airport and port of Catania but also during your day tour and trips around the area. Pre-organize your transfers with Taxi Mover and let yourself rest on this magical area of Sicily. A private comfortable car and a professional driver will take care of your trips and tours, only by filling in the info required. Taxi Mover ensures that your time is always well-spent! Book a private transfer now!
Catania – Fontanarossa International Airport TaxiMover Transfer
Of course, during this trip in beautiful Sicily, a private taxi transfer can ensure that your trip starts so comfortably and care-free! Taxi Mover can offer this down-to-earth and affordable luxury to you in the simplest of ways! Have your own private transfer designed according to your needs, with a professional driver and a comfortable car parked just outside your gate for you. Fill in the info required and choose the transfer you desire. Your trip to Catania is ready to get started! Book a Taxi Mover service now!
Common transfer routes from Catania – Fontanarossa International Airport
Some of the most frequent Taxi Mover routes from Catania–Fontanarossa International Airport are to:
- Catania city centre
- Piazza del Duomo
Port of Catania
The port of Catania is one of the most important gates in Sicily, covering a wide area of the island’s provinces. The port of Catania is located right at the center of the Mediterranean basin, on a distance equal from both the Suez Canal and Gibraltar as well as the European and African ports, a fact that proves its significance along the Mediterranean Sea. Access to the port is provided via bus services, taxis or cars, as it is close to the city centre. You can though just book a Taxi Mover service, in order to have your private transfer at the port, ordered for you and your needs! Start your trip in Sicily in a private car with Taxi Mover; it already is a success!
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Popular Catania airport transfer destinations
- Catania City Centre – 30 Minutes
- Aci Castello – 30 Minutes
- Giarre – 40 Minutes
- Taormina – 45 Minutes
- Letojanni – 45 Minutes
- Acireale – 45 Minutes
- Giardini Naxos – 45 Minutes
- Fiumefreddo – 45 Minutes
- Aci Trezza – 60 Minutes
- Noto – 75 Minutes
- Country code: IT
- Language: Italian
- Calling code: +39
- Population : 313,396 thousand
- Currency: Euro
Best time to visit
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SEP – NOV