At Teatro Metropolitan classical music with a sense of humour is performed by violinist Ara Malikian in his new show PAGANINI (13-15 April). Pop icon Fiorella Mannoia also launches her new album with a concert here on 27 April.
From its clifftop position, the ancient Greek Theatre commands a stunning panorama over the Straits of Messina and Mount Etna; absolutely perfect in spring.
The Etna Volcano Museum in the centre of the village of Nicolosi, is open every morning except Monday, providing fascinating information about the brooding giant.
Don’t miss the centuries-old Good Friday procession, when 2,000 hooded members of the city’s confraternities silently escort the symbols of the Passion of Christ through the town. An incredible sight.
Meat and vegetables are grilled to perfection at ‘U Fucularu. This simple restaurant is one of the most popular places to eat at the moment in Catania; no bookings are taken, you just have to wait your turn.
Franca’s coffee shop Prestipino, in front of the cathedral, is just the place to plan a day’s exploring while you relax over your morning espresso and fresh pastries.
At La Griglia friendly patron Giorgio will take good care of you. Ask for a window table for stunning views.
The Antico Orto dei Limoni has a reputation for excellent food and wines.
A cup of thick, dark hot chocolate at the Caffè Esagonal will sustain you before taking the cableway to the summit. You also can shop for local honey and souvenirs.
Bottiglieria Belvedere serves interesting and varied local dishes, accompanied by good wines.
The Katane Palace (rooms from €223) is smart and central, with quiet, elegant rooms and a good restaurant.
In the medieval quarter, El Jebel (rooms from €189) offers stunning suites, a roof garden and a gourmet restaurant.
Try the recently restored The Ashbee (rooms from €270), with its cool colour schemes and panoramic garden; spoil yourself by requesting the splitlevel Suite del Pittore.
Simple and comfortable, close to the cathedral, the Grande Albergo Sicilia (rooms from €91) has special offers for Easter.
Paintings by local artists make perfect souvenirs; browse at the Gladys Gallery.
Join the night owls of Catania at the Etoile d’Or, an oldfashioned café near the Fish Market.
The Morgana Bar is the place to see and be seen after midnight. Cocktails are fantastic and the music is great. Be prepared to dance on the tables.