The cruise port of Catania is located in the south part of the city. Large cruise ships can dock at the Stazione Marittima, the departure and arrival point of the many ferries. Your cruise ship will dock near the fishing port and the local marina. The city center is located within a 10 minutes walk from the harbor. Possible excursions from Catania include Mount Etna and Taormina.
When on a cruise to Sicily, Catania is a popular cruise destination. The city is located at the foot of Mount Etna along the Western Mediterranean. It's a popular destination due to its various excursion possibilities along the island.
Catania Cruise Terminal is a very nice historic port building, recently renovated.
Inside Catania cruise terminal you can find:
souvenir and duty free shops
Long Term Parking
Language in Catania
The language in Catania is Italian, but on touristic spots you can also use English.
Currency in Catania
The currency in Catania is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Catania
Opening times differ a lot around Italy, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
from 9.00h - 13.00h
and 15.30h - 19.30h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions
Cattedrale di Sant'Agata
The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Catania was dedicated to Saint Agatha of Sicily. It's dating from the 11th century and rebuilt in Sicilian baroque style.
It's a majestic palace located in the center of the city. Palazzo Biscari is dating from the 16th century.
Fontana dell'Elefante is the symbol of Catania. It's a big fountain with the statue of an elephant.
Amphitheater of Catania
Roman amphitheater dating back from the 2nd century A.D.
This castle was built around 1240 by Frederick II. It has four large towers and was used also as Museo Civico since 1934.
You can easily reach the center of Catania on foot from the cruiseport. At the exit of the port you can also find the subway. A good option if you want to reach the circumetnea train station.
If you want to climb the summit of Mount Etna you better opt for an organized tour. Options by public transport are limited for cruise passengers.
Taormina is easily reached by combination of train and bus or by taxi.
The city of Catania is known for its Baroque architecture and buildings. It's a pleasant city where you can easily spend a few hours. You can also make excursions further on the island. Popular destinations are the active vulcano Etna, the charming Taormina or a tour along some movie scenes of the Godfather.
Catania has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and wet mild winters. The average annual temperature in summer is between 28°C and 32°C and in winter is between 5°C and 9°C
You can discover Catania on your own, book a shore excursion through the cruise line company or book a shore excursion from one of our partners. We offer shore excursions at local prices straight from the local companies.
Excursions in Taormina
Excursions in the volcano Etna
Excursions in Catania
There's a Tourist Office at the exit of the port where you can get a free city map and more information about possible excursions.
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Catania: