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Catania–Fontanarossa Airport, also known as Vincenzo Bellini Airport, is located 8 km southwest of Catania, the second largest city on the Italian island of Sicily. The airport is named as a tribute to the celebrated opera composer Vincenzo Bellini, who was born in Catania. This is Sicily's busiest airport and the country's sixth busiest, with more than 6.4 million passengers annually.
One of southern Italy's most dynamic cities, Catania is a lively spot with an infectious energy. Don't make the common mistake of bypassing Catania on your trip to Sicily as you will miss a Baroque beauty that deserves a good two days' attention. Spend the time and you will discover glorious art works, eccelesiastical museums, and Roman ruins, as well as breathtakingly fresh food and a theatrical fish market (la pescheria).
Catania is inextricably linked with neighbouring Mount Etna and was largely buried by lava in 1669. Indeed, builders used solidified black lava in the masonry for the city's stunning Baroque architecture, much of it designed by Giovan Battista Vaccarini (1702-68) and Francesco Battaglia (1701-1788). The results turned Catania into an unmissable stop on the "Grand Tour" of Europe.
Image: Roman Amphitheatre, Catania, by grahamc99