Catania is a major transport hub, university center and economic hub in the area and is known for its active nightlife and vibrant culture. Catania is also known for its architecture which is mostly Baroque and urban style due to the major devastation that it faced in the earthquake of 1693. It attracts thousands of tourists from around Italy as well as other countries through the world. Piazza Del Duomo is the main square in Catania and the center point for all activities. The square has a giant elephant statue which has become the symbol of the city in the last few decades. The Piazza is a great place to just sit and relax and watch the people passing by. Via Etnea is the main shopping destination and is lined with shops selling numerous types of local as well as branded merchandise. The street also has lots of churches as well as imposing buildings, some of which are architectural wonders. Locals like to stroll around the street at a leisurely pace in the evenings and so it is a good place for people watching. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, Mount Etna resides in the area of Catania! As the biggest volcano in Europe, it is definitely a must visit. There are several guided and organized tours that take tourists to the volcano and the views offered from the top of the mountain are spectacular.
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