Place:Catania, Catania, Sicilia, Italy

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NameCatania
Alt namesBarriera del Boscosource: Family History Library Catalog
Catanasource: GRI Photo Study, Authority File (1989)
Catanesource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-31
Catinasource: GRI Photo Study, Authority File (1989)
Cibalisource: Family History Library Catalog
Crocifissosource: Family History Library Catalog
Katanasource: ARLIS/NA: Ancient Site Names (1995)
Katanesource: GRI Photo Archive, Authority File (1998) p 8000; Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites (1979)
Provvidenzasource: Family History Library Catalog
Verginellesource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeCity
Coordinates37.517°N 15.1°E
Located inCatania, Sicilia, Italy
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Catania is the second largest city of Sicily after Palermo located on the east coast facing the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the Metropolitan City of Catania, one of the ten biggest cities in Italy, and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy. The population of the city proper is 320,000 while the population of the city's metropolitan area, Metropolitan City of Catania, stood at 1,116,168 inhabitants.

Catania was destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169 and 1693, and by several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna, the most violent of which was in 1669.[1]

Catania was founded in the 8th century BC by Chalcidians.[1] In 1434, the first university in Sicily was founded in the city.[1] In the 14th century and into the Renaissance period, Catania was one of Italy's most important cultural, artistic and political centres.[1]

The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy. Its old town, besides being one of the biggest examples of baroque architecture in Italy, is a World Heritage Site, protected by UNESCO.

Catania has been a native or adoptive homeland of some of Italy's most famous artists and writers, including composers Vincenzo Bellini and Giovanni Pacini, and writers Giovanni Verga, Luigi Capuana, Federico De Roberto and Nino Martoglio.

The city is the main industrial, logistical and commercial center of Sicily. It is the home of the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, the largest in Southern Italy.

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