From: Saturday, February 3, 2024
To: Monday, February 5, 2024
Feast of Saint Agatha Catania Sicily 2024
Catania, Sicily’s second city on the slopes of Mount Etna, spectacularly celebrates its patron saint over three days each February. The event attracts both the curious and the devoted. The event will leave you with many memories long after leaving Catania, regardless of your religious beliefs.
- Visiting Catania? Stay close to Via Alessi, home to the city’s popular gay-friendly restaurants and bars. The Palazzo Marletta Luxury House Hotel is rated “Exceptional” by gusts and offers a unique taste of Sicilian hospitality.
- The Festival begins on February 3 with the long and solemn noon procession that goes from the Church of Sant’Agata alla Fornace up to the Cathedral, where the wax rite offers.
- A procession of huge candle holders called “Candelore” and the two Senate carriages close the procession: an eighteenth-century sedan, followed by a smaller car, carries the city administrators.
- On the same evening, ‘a sira’ u tri, a spectacular fireworks show, is held in Piazza Duomo.
- In the early hours of February 4, after the Messa dell’ Aurora (Dawn Holy Mass), the bust of Saint Agatha leaves the safe room inside the Cathedral where it is permanently kept.
- February 5 is the “peak” of the feast, the most eagerly awaited day. In the afternoon, an ornate cart carrying the bust of Saint Agatha leaves Piazza Duomo to tour inside the city. Events end with more fireworks.
- Other festivities taking place during the event include theatre productions and street parties, while sweet deserts based on centuries-old recipes from nunneries are sold throughout the city.
- General mayhem prevails throughout Catania for the duration of the event and it is difficult not to become swept up in the party atmosphere.
Catania is one of the most beautiful Sicilian cities and is known worldwide for its Baroque buildings, a theatrical style of grandeur popular in 17th century Europe.The city has a beautiful seaside location at the foot of Mount Etna. It also has a reputation for welcoming gay visitors from around the world.
Catania is a city of coloured stone buildings shining brightly under the Mediterranean sun. The city is full of the sounds of Vespas zipping along narrow streets while Terrazzos brim with gay boys visiting for the Summer season, taking an aperitivo as well as enjoying the sights.
- Buio – Start your evening at Buio, a gay bar in the city centre with a mix of friendly locals and tourists.
- Nievski – Historic alternative bar in Catania. You can find it in the heart of the historic centre in Via Alessi. It is recognisable by the lots of people sitting at tables along a terrace of street staircases.
- Codice Rosso – Large cruising bar with Dark Room, Sling Room, Gloryholes, Cabins and Cinema.
- Discus Beach – When summer starts (from June to early September), this is the place to go! Discus Beach is the right place to dance under the stars, drink some cocktails and meet some Sicilian guy.
- Le Capannine – in Viale Kennedy, hosts pop-up gay parties on Friday nights where strobe lights from the two dance floors on the seafront mix up with the starry sky of La Playa.
- Industrie – Gay-Friendly Club, busy at weekends.
Saunas & Cruising
- Terme di Achille is a busy, clean sauna with Turkish baths, spa, and Finnish sauna.
- South Factory Club (SFC) – Complete with a huge whirlpool bath for the Italian orgy of your dreams and a busy sauna area.
Catania makes for an ideal base to explore the island of Sicily, just over two and a half hours from Palermo and 50 minutes from the famous gay beaches at Toramina and 30 minutes from the town of Acireale home to one of Italy’s most famous Carnivals.
- Not far from the city, at the Oasi del Simeto, on Simeto’s southern bank, there’s a clothing–optional golden sand beach still wild and left unknown to mass tourism.
- Near Taormina, you can enjoy the sun and meet new people on the Fondaco Parrino beach. The area was made famous by Oscar Wilde, a frequent visitor and Truman Capote.
- Marianelli, in the nature reserve of Vendicari, you will find a secluded beach, wild and unspoilt, sandwiched between almond, lemon trees and sand dunes.
Here are the Hotels we recommend that keep you close to all the action
Map of Catania
Recommended Hotels in Catania
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We have chosen hotels in Catania that keep you close to all the shops,restaurants & bars
Luxury House Hotel
Palazzo Marletta Luxury House Hotel is set at the heart of Catania, a few steps from Sant’Agata Cathedral and the famous Elephant Fountain. At the hotel, the rooms include a desk and a flat-screen TV. Featuring a private bathroom, rooms at Palazzo Marletta Luxury House Hotel also feature free WiFi. The units include a wardrobe.
4 Star, Great Value
An early 20th-century Art Nouveau villa in the heart of Catania, the Liberty Hotel offers luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Catania University, and 1.2 km from the Bellini Theatre. All rooms offer air conditioning and a TV. They are fitted with stylish furniture and include a mosaic marble bathroom.
Duomo Suites & Spa
4 Star, Location
Duomo Suites & Spa is set in the City Centre district in Catania. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and a bar. Each room at this hotel features independent air conditioning, a Smart TV and a private bathroom with shower. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms include a seating area.
3 Star, Readers Choice
Set just behind the Massimo Bellini Theatre and 500 m from the Duomo, Hotel Centrum is a friendly hotel right in the heart of the historic centre of Catania. All rooms come with air conditioning, a satellite TV, and internet access. A buffet breakfast is included in your room rate. A conference room, a reading room with a fireplace, and a TV lounge.