You can't talk about the beautiful Baroque towns of the Val di Noto without mentioning Catania! Although for many it's the entryway city to Sicily, it has its own fair share of stunning architecture and is worth a few days visit at the minimum.
my love, my city...food, culture and friendship...what else?! if you wanna stay here i suggest the Ostello degli Elefanti, ideal for the backbackers and low budget travellers, for whom need a good central hotel i suggest Una Palace Hotel which is in the central Etnea Street. You can visit the local fish market next to the central cathedral if you want to taste local and fresh fish, if you want to taste local food, etnea street offers the two local's best bars with Savia and Spinella which are close to each other (i personally prefer the taste of Savia's arancino). If you want to have a good dinner with local meat and at the same time a good drink i suggest FUD which is in Santa Filomena street, behind Etnea Street. These street counts also a series of places to eat and drink such as Polpetteria, U Curtigghiu and FUD (to eat), Mr Hyde, Città Vecchia and Vermut (to drink). I Santa Filomena street it is also present an indipendent library which is owned by two sisters, Libreria vicolo stretto. It is open untile 10 PM and it often hosts readings, so why don't mix a little culture before heading to dinner?!. Goin' through the local central Cathedral, you can go at the Castello Ursino, which is located in a parallel street of Garibaldi' street. You can have a drink in Gammazita, a bar that often offers live shows and djsets and which is responsible of the organisation of Ursino Buskers (which often takes place in September), the local street artists festival, in which you can find fireeaters,clowns, aerial silk artists, theatrical fictions. The Festival took place all in the area nearby the Gammazita and Ursino's Castle.
One of the main cities in Sicily. Beautiful beaches around this area. Historic Center is beautiful. Restaurants are very good with cheap tasty Italian classic food. Love this place.
While I prefer Palermo slightly a bit more than Catania, Catania is a very nice city and is very easy to get around. There are lots of great restaurants, the city is easy to get to by air, and there is a lot to see and do. I like the openness of the city with its many large piazzas, and the city is not too far from Etna and the beach/port.