Car hire at Catania Airport
What I need to know
There are lots of car hire companies operating out of Catania airport, so you'll have a great selection of vehicle model and pricing. It's easy to search for a suitable package through our dedicated car hire comparison site, plus we offer free cancellation and 24-hour support for added peace of mind.
Where to pick up my car
The majority of Catania car hire desks can be found on the ground floor of the airport's two-storey terminal building, but it's best to ask for assistance upon arrival so you know exactly where to collect your vehicle and you can be on the open road in no time.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Nestled at the foot of Mount Etna, Catania is a fascinating destination for history buffs. You'll be able to explore an array of archaeological remains as you tour around in your hire car, as Catania has been buried beneath volcanic lava an impressive 17 times.
However, it also offers excellent food, designer shopping opportunities and a lively nightlife.
Nearby Catania airport
Don't miss out on a trip to Mount Etna while you're here, with an hour's drive to Rifigio Sapienza all it takes to reach the summit and its solidified rivers of lava. To the south-east, there's historical Syracuse, while the beach of La Plaja to the south is perfect for a spot of relaxation.
Your hire car will give you freedom to explore as much as you like from Catania, with the capital city of Palermo and its many historical and cultural sights just over 200km away. Alternatively, an hour north-east is the awesome Alcantara Gorge, where you can go walking and even body-rafting if you're adventurous.
Eating and drinking
You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink in Catania, as there is an array of bars and eateries around the castle and Piazza Bellini. Make sure you try the delicious fresh fish from the nearby ports and the local speciality Arancino, a rice croquette filled with meat in cheesy tomato sauce.
Things to do
There is lots to explore in Catania, with retail therapy aplenty available on the Via Etnea shopping avenue. For a culture fix, try the Herborarium Museum that showcases and offers samples of locally-produced herbal teas, wine and honey. You can also enter the main market through the Roman ruins of the Piazza Stesicoro.
Do plan an itinerary in your hire car before you set off, as Catania simply offers so much to do. The baroque Piazza del Duomo features the Elephant Fountain that is the symbol of the city, while the Norman Cathedral of Duomo is just a short drive away.