Catania, Italy cruise holidays
Located between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea, this ancient city has suffered the violence of nature on several occasions, while its people have strived to rebuild it. An earthquake in 1693 resulted in the Baroque palaces evident today. Originally founded by Greek colonists, 'Katane' was later conquered by the Romans and its Roman Theatre is one of the best examples of Roman architecture to be found. Head to Catania's principal square, at the end of busy Via Etnea and you'll find most of its main points of interest nearby, including its much photographed lava statue and the Duomo.