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The second-largest city in Sicily, Catania is chosen every year by thousands of tourists as the ideal destination for a holiday when it comes to ticking all the boxes for relaxation, nature and culture. We’ve put together a list of diverse hotels for those heading to Catania’s Mediterranean climes.
The east coast of Sicily seduces travellers in many ways: with dramatic scenery, down-to-earth markets and historic architecture. Yep, the province of Catania – facing out to the Ionian Sea – has it all, from sun-beaten fields and beautiful sandy beaches to the towering peak of Mount Etna and a pretty port capital (also called Catania). You could fill a week or more exploring its diverse corners, but, to do that, you’ll need a superb place to stay. So, welcome to our list of the best hotels in Catania.
Housed in a renovated aristocratic building between two of the most charming streets in the city, Via Etnea and Via Crociferi, Il Principe Hotel offers comfortable rooms dressed in a mix of whites, creams and browns. There are a small fitness centre and a piano bar, but the true draw is the location, just a 4-minute walk from Piazza del Duomo.
Housed in a Liberty-style villa dating to the early 20th century, this hotel features 18 rooms, among which are seven luxury suites, nine standard doubles and two singles. There’s a rather romantic winter garden with arches covered in white jasmine, plus a breakfast hall for your morning pick-me-up. Head to the Lanzerotti Hall, decorated with antiques, for a quiet moment.
Located in the heart of Catania, this hotel originated from the well-preserved ashes of a local palace. And, situated close to the famed Giardino Bellini, an 18th-century park extending over 70ha (173 acres), it’s about as central as you’d want. Every day, an Italian breakfast is served in the breakfast room. All the rooms are cleaned on a daily basis, and a washing service is available upon request.
Ideally located on the Catania waterfront, between the baroque charm of the city and the never-waning beauty of the sea, Romano Palace guarantees an indulgent stay. As the first five-star hotel in Catania, it has the overall look of a Roman villa but is decorated with trinkets from across the globe. A central swimming pool with massage jets should be your first stop after you touch down at the international airport, which is just a 5-minute drive away.
Hotel Villa del Bosco is housed in a 19th-century building and enlivened with Sicilian antiques. It’s around 4km (2.5mi) from the centre of Catania, but, with an hourly free shuttle service, that’s hardly an issue. Your day starts with a buffet breakfast on the roof garden terrace and ends at Il Canile, sampling an à la carte menu of Sicilian cuisine.
Housed in a historic building that used to belong to the local aristocracy, Manganelli Palace Hotel still carries an air of nobility. The basic rooms are just that, but the suite is where the upscale elegance truly shines, with magnificent frescoed ceilings, relief stuccoes and original flooring. It all sits just a 5-minute walk from Sant’Agata cathedral.
Ellie Hurley contributed additional reporting to this article.