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General information


Catania is the second largest city in Sicily by population. It is located at the foot of Etna - the largest active volcano in Europe - and on the Ionian Sea coast. The rich history and culture of the town are due to different occupations of Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Svevians, Aragonites, Angiò and Spanish in succession, bringing with them their influence and knowledge to leave distinct impressions on the cultural fabric of the city. Monuments and churches present in the city are the results of these different cultures. The Catania city center is included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Further historical, cultural and touristic information may be obtained by accessing the following website:

Travel to Catania

Participants are recommended to use the Fontanarossa international airport in Catania (CTA) which is well connected with the main European airports (Rome, Milan, London, Paris, Bruxelles, Munich, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Zurich, etc.) and also hosts various low-cost airlines.  Upon arrival at the airport, it is possible to use either public transportation (Alibus number 457) or taxi (25-30 €) in order to reach the Catania city center in about 20 minutes.



The PhD Conference and the Summer School will take place at Villa Citelli, Via Salvatore Tomaselli 31, 95124 Catania.



Casa Barbero (B&B)


Liberty Hotel ****


Best Western ***


UNA hotel ****

Gresi Hotel ***

Agatha Cosy Hotel ***

Useful links

Catania airport:

Catania city buses:

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