Coastline Area Walking Tour (Self Guided), Catania

Catania is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It has some interesting attractions along the coastline area. You will find a museum, a beautiful baroque fountain, the port and of course the beach. This self-guided tour will lead you through these and other worthwhile places on the coastline of Catania.
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Coastline Area Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Coastline Area Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Catania (See other walking tours in Catania)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum of Cinema
  • Fontana di Proserpina
  • Church of San Francesco di Paola
  • Villa Pacini
  • BOCS
  • Port of Catania
  • Catania Lighthouse
  • Catania Beach
Museum of Cinema

1) Museum of Cinema (must see)

There is a Cinema Museum in Catania. It contains many relics and reconstructions of scenes from famous movies that were shot in Catania. The museum was opened in 2003. Cinema Museum exhibits photos of films made in Catania. It also tells the history of the invention of Cinema, its technical development. There is a collection of projectors and lamps. You can learn about the first film screening by the Lumière brothers in Paris on December 28, 1895.
Fontana di Proserpina

2) Fontana di Proserpina

Fontana di Proserpina is a big and very beautiful fountain in Rail Station Square. The fountain was completed in 1904 and is made from concrete. It depicts a scene from Greek and Roman mythology - a man with a frowning face, horses, and mermaids ripping the beautiful Persephone, daughter of Zeus. All these statues are placed in the centre of a large tank equipped with a powerful hydraulic system. At night it looks even more impressive due to the illumination of different colours.
Church of San Francesco di Paola

3) Church of San Francesco di Paola

The Church of San Francesco di Paola is situated in the Marine district of Catania. The church faces the square with the same name. It is a small church built in Baroque architectural style that was visited by marines, due to its location. One can see the eastern part of the port of Catania across the road from this church.
Villa Pacini

4) Villa Pacini

Villa Pacini is situated in the Marina district of Catania, close to the waterfront. This villa was named after Giovanni Pacini, composer of Catania. You can see the marble bust of the composer at the villa. In the garden around the villa, there are two headless monuments of the Bourbon kings and a small central basin.


BOCS means box of contemporary space. It is located in the historic port district of Catania. All contemporary exhibitions organized there are represented in a non-traditional way. It is the first officially-established "artist run space" in Catania. Emerging artists have the possibility to exhibit their boldest works in temporary exhibitions.
Port of Catania

6) Port of Catania

The Port of Catania is a large port and an interesting place to observe different vessels moving on the Mediterranean Sea. Catania Port consists of the old western port and a more modern eastern part. In ancient times it was an important trading place. The port was also destroyed by the devastating earthquake in the 17th century. Today there are many cargo ships, a passenger terminal, yachts, sport vessels and ferries.
Catania Lighthouse

7) Catania Lighthouse

Faro di Sciara Biscari or Catania Lighthouse was built in 1951. It forms the entrance to the city and 'greets' those who arrive in Catania by sea. This high tower flashes with white light every 5 seconds. The lighthouse tower is painted white with a grey lantern dome. It is a interesting site to see.
Catania Beach

8) Catania Beach

If you want to sunbathe while in Catania, then go to Lido beach. It is the most decent beach in Catania situated en route to the airport. The beach is sandy, but the water is not always as clean as it should be. There are sun umbrellas at the beach, a water park, cafes and many sunbathers.

Walking Tours in Catania, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Catania

Create Your Own Walk in Catania

Creating your own self-guided walk in Catania is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Catania Museums Walking Tour

Catania Museums Walking Tour

There are various museums in Catania. You can visit museums housed in fascinating castles. There are museums dedicated to the outstanding personalities who lived in Catania. This self-guided tour leads you to the museums that will reveal the rich history and culture of Catania.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
East Catania Walking Tour

East Catania Walking Tour

You will find several unique and worthwhile attractions in the eastern part of the city of Catania. Catania is full of beautiful palaces and the east of the city is not the exception. There are also monuments, fountains and an unusual beach with lava sand. This self-guided tour will lead you through east Catania and the more modern part of this beautiful city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Catania Introduction Walking Tour

Catania Introduction Walking Tour

Catania is a very beautiful ancient Italian city. The most remarkable landmarks are concentrated in the downtown area of Catania where the streets are so attractive thanks to the magnificent Baroque architecture of the palaces, churches and monuments. Take this orientation walk to visit the best attractions of Catania.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Catania is a city of many churches that make its streets look so beautiful and historical. The churches in this city go back many centuries and represent the magnificent architecture of those ancient times. You will contemplate the rich decorations of gold, bronze and marble inside the impressive buildings. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most important religious sights of Catania.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Catania's Architectural Jewels Tour

Catania's Architectural Jewels Tour

Catania is famous for its splendid Baroque and Rococo architecture. The city's building material consisted mainly of gray lava stone. There are many magnificent palaces, churches and theaters. There are ancient Roman ruins that still exemplify the beautiful architecture of the past. Take this self-guided to explore the architectural sights of Catania.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles