Founded by Greeks in 729 b.C., Catania has a major role for tourism in Sicily. It lies on the eastern coast of the island, on the slopes of Etna, the highest active volcano of Europe. Its position makes it perfect for movements, both towards Mediterranean sea or Tyrrhenian sea. While listing the beauties nearby Catania, Taormina is undoubtedly on top of the charts, a city that was built for touristic purposes during Greek era. Mount Tauro, where Taormina lies, offers an amazing view: from there it can be seen the coast of Capo Taormina and the Isola Bella (Literally “beautiful island”), the numerous and perfumed citrus groves and the famous Teatro Greco, the second biggest theatre in Sicily after the one in Siracusa. Port of Catania departures and arrivals: Naples and Malta (passing in Pozzallo). Sailing companies operating from and to Catania are: New TTT Lines and Virtu Ferries.