18 days in Province of Catania & Italian Alps Itinerary

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Train to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Muscat


Catania — 4 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Etna Donkey Trekking will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943 and Museo del Cinema di Catania. Change things up with these side-trips from Catania: Gambino Vini (in Linguaglossa), Bagni Arabi (in Giarre) and Basilica di San Sebastiano (in Acireale). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello Normanno, steep yourself in history at Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania, admire the local landmark of Fontana dell'Amenano, and savor the flavors at A' Piscaria Mercato del Pesce.

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Muscat, Oman to Catania is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Muscat to Catania, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Muscat in January, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Catania: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Trento.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Trento — 2 nights

Painted City

Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Udalrico, then glide through natural beauty at Scuola Italiana Sci Dolomiti di Brenta, then hit the slopes at Paganella, and finally fly down the slopes at Scuola Italiana di Sci & Snowboard Kristal. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra, view the masterpieces at Casa D'Arte Futurista Depero, then explore the engaging exhibits at MUSE - Science Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Cattedrale di San Vigilio.

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You can fly from Catania to Trento in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Catania in January, things will get little chillier in Trento: highs are around 8°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Brunico.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Brunico — 3 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kronplatz and Malga Fane. Visiting Valle di Casies and Plose will get you outdoors. Step out of Brunico with an excursion to Kloster Neustift in Varna--about 34 minutes away.

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Traveling by car from Trento to Brunico takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, Brunico is little chillier than Trento - with highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Selva di Val Gardena.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips

Selva di Val Gardena — 3 nights

Get some historical perspective at Castle Tyrol South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History and Chiesa di Santa Caterina. Visiting Alpe di Siusi and Scuola Sci Selva will get you outdoors. Explore Selva di Val Gardena's surroundings by going to Sonnenplateau Ritten - Altopiano del Renon (in Soprabolzano), Sankt Kathrein (in Avelengo) and Scuola Sci & Snowboard La Villa (in La Villa).

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Getting from Brunico to Selva di Val Gardena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Brunico in February, with highs in Selva di Val Gardena at -1°C and lows at -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aosta.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Aosta — 5 nights

Rome of the Alps

In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Issogne and Castello di Verres. Escape the urban bustle at Torgnon and Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aosta: Salumificio Maison Bertolin (in Arnad), Pont-Saint-Martin (in Pont-Saint-Martin) and QC Terme Pre Saint Didier (in Pre-Saint-Didier). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Porta Praetoria, take a stroll through Piazza Emile Chanoux, get to know the fascinating history of Mura di Aosta, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiata dei Santi Pietro e Orso.

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You can drive from Selva di Val Gardena to Aosta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Province of Catania travel guide

Volcanos · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the Metropolitan City of Catania, one of the ten biggest cities in Italy, and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy. The population of the city proper is 313,000 while the population of the conurbation is estimated to be 767,003. The metropolitan city has 1,115,310 inhabitants.Catania is well known for its historical earthquakes, having been destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169 and 1693, and for several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna, the most violent of which was in 1669.Catania has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC. In 1434, the first university in Sicily was founded in the city. In the 14th century and into the Renaissance period, Catania was one of Italy's most important cultural, artistic and political centres. The city has a rich culture and history, hosting many museums, restaurants, churches, parks and theatres. Catania is well known for its street food.GeographyCatania is located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, at the foot of Mount Etna.As observed by Strabo, the location of Catania at the foot of Mount Etna has been both a curse and a blessing. On the one hand, violent outbursts of the volcano throughout history have destroyed large parts of the city, whilst on the other hand the volcanic ashes yield fertile soil, especially suited for the growth of vines. (Strab. vi. p. 269)