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Italian comune
Official nameComune di Catania
Province  (CT)
MayorRaffaele Stancanelli
Total Area69.8 sq mi (180.88 km2)
Total Population296303 (31 March 2009)
Elevation23 ft (7 m)
Patron saintSt. Agatha
Saint dayFebruary 5
Area code095

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Catania (-itkaˈtaːnjaIt-Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea, between Messina and Syracuse. It is the capital of the homonymous province, and with 298,957 inhabitants (752,895 in the Metropolitan Area) it is the second-largest city in Sicily and the tenth in Italy.

Catania is known to have a seismic history and past, having been destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1169, another in 1693, and several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna volcano, 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 the 14th century and the Renaissance, Catania was one of Italy's most important and flourishing cultural, artistic and political centres, including having witnessed the opening in 1434 of the first university in Sicily. Today, Catania is one of the main economic, touristic and educational centres in the island, being an important hub of the technological industry, thus gaining the nickname of the "European Silicon Valley".

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