Car Hire Catania Fontanarossa Airport
Find your perfect car hire at Catania Fontanarossa AirportCatania Fontanarossa Airport is situated on Sicily’s east coast just south of Mount Etna. It services Catania, which is the second largest city on the island, as well as the surrounding regions. With an Avis hire car at your disposal you can explore this vibrant, historical city and everything else Sicily has to offer.
Plan your journey from Catania Fontanarossa AirportThe city of Catania and its 300,000-strong population lie in the shadow of Mount Etna, a volcano with a turbulent history. Situated on the edge of the Ionian sea, the city is blessed with striking landscapes, and boasts a number of baroque cathedrals, cliff-side fortresses and more, testament to the area’s long, prosperous history.
The city’s patron saint, St. Agatha, is revered among the religious community in Catania. A cathedral built in her name now sits on the original site of another church that was obliterated when Etna erupted over 320 years ago. Under the cathedral you can see Roman baths, and above ground there’s a beautiful fresco that depicts the infamous eruption.
An elephant-shaped fountain stands proudly at the centre of the city’s main square, with a mysterious inscription on it that some say is a tribute to St. Agatha. In the same square you can visit the 200-year-old town hall and the Diocesan Museum.
South of the square, under an elaborately decorated archway, you’ll come to the town’s fish market – the perfect spot for a seafood lunch.
Catania is a particularly beautiful city with something to entertain and excite every visitor. With an Avis hire car, your journey in and around this coastal city will be an unforgettable experience.
Beyond Catania Fontanarossa AirportOutside Catania, the island of Sicily has much more in store for its visitors. Nature parks, ancient cities and idyllic beaches are all just a drive away.
While Mount Etna is a name synonymous with disaster, the nature park it’s situated in is a strikingly beautiful day trip destination. According to the ancient Greeks, the god of fire, Vulcan, resided here. Today the park is home to an extraordinary array of flora and fauna. On a hike through the hills, you might come across lizards, hares, golden eagles, porcupines and more. To get there from Catania Fontanarossa Airport, take the A18 north for 30 minutes.
A visit to Syracuse is like taking a step back in time. Famous for its Greek history, be sure to stop at the Neapolis archaeological area where you can view ruins dating back thousands of years. Stop in at the Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi to see a fascinating collection of archeological finds from the area. The Duomo and Fontana Aretusa are two of the city’s top attractions. The latter is an ancient spring, which still produces fresh water to this day. Take a 45-minute drive along the A18 to reach Syracuse.
Noto is famed for its unique collection of Sicilian baroque-style churches and palaces. Art also features prominently here, not only in galleries, but inside churches, and on the walls of state buildings too. The pride of the city is the Cattedrale di San Nicolò, and visitors can also get back to nature by visiting the nearby beaches, such as Carratois, and the stunning coastal Vendicari Nature Reserve.
With an Avis rental car, you can travel around the island of Sicily with ease.