Taking its name from Mt Etna, the famous volcano that looms over the city, Via Etnea is one of Catania’s most important thoroughfares, running for 3 km through the heart of the city. Lined with shops, department stores, restaurants and bars, Via Etnea is equally popular with locals and tourists, making it a lively destination both day and night, as well as a strategic starting point for a walking tour.
At the southern end of Via Etnea is Piazza Duomo, with its iconic Elephant fountain, grand City Hall and series of Baroque palaces, set against a backdrop of the imposing Catania Cathedral. Heading north up Via Etnea, you’ll pass through Piazza Università and Piazza Stesicoro, home to the ruins of a Roman amphitheater and a monument to local composer Vincenzo Bellini. From here, it’s a short walk to the busy central market in Piazza Carlo Alberto or the Villa Bellini, the city’s main park.
Via Etnea runs through central Catania from Piazza Duomo to the northern of the city.