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Tourist and travel guide of Catania

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In Catania you can visit places like Fontana dell'Elefante, Museo Belliniano, Piazza dell'Università or Catania
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Catania is the second largest city in Sicily, situated on the east coast, is the capital of the province that bears his name. The city has 296,453 inhabitants (2009) and 770,000 in its metropolitan area, the sixth of Italy and two of the island, after Palermo. It is bounded on the north by Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. It was founded in the eighth century. C., according to Plutarch derived from "Katane" ("scratch"), by association with rough lava floor of the territory from which it arises. Has been destroyed seven times by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Among the more recent catastrophic recalls the years of 1169 and 1693. It is home to Sicily's first university, founded in 1434 by Alfonso V of Aragon. Catania is located on the east coast of the island, halfway between the cities of Messina and Syracuse, at the foot of Mount Etna. Its territory covers a large swath of the plain of Catania. Looking to the Ionian Sea to the Gulf which takes its name. The land is completely flat. The original core of the city was located on a site that corresponds roughly to the existing Piazza Dante, where there is the former Benedictine Monastery. The only elevation that stands out is the hill of St. Sophia, where there is the City University of Catania, bordering Gravina. Catania is crossed by an underground river, Amenano and in the past, near the city limits was Nicito Lake, which was covered by lava in 1669, which profoundly changed the landscape. The rocky coast north of the port, ("the cliff") and sand to the south ("the beach").
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