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Information about CATANIA Catania was born in 729 B.C. with the name Katane, that in the Sicilian language means grater, flaying knife, from the lavic ground on which it stands and it was one of the first Greek colonies of Sicily. It was conquered by the Romans in 263 B.C., who have left us some architectural ruins of the Augustan period. After the Byzantine domination there was the Arabic one and then the Norman supremacy, which brought many changes and innovations to the town. With the Aragonese the town had a period of economic recovery and cultural flourishing. The following Spanish domination and the davastating earthquake in 1693 plunged this land into a serious economic crisis. The 19th century saw a flourishing period of cultural splendour for Catania, that involved the worldly, literary, music and theatre expressions. Situated at the foot of Etna which is still active today, Catania is the second biggest and most important town in Sicily with an important industrial centre, it even has important citrus fruit centres in its district. The ancient Greeks believed that Vulcan, the god of fire, lived in Etna, as did the monster Cyclops. Today it is the largest nature preserve in Sicily, offering summer hiking and winter cross-country skiing. Catania, city of gods, Cyclops, seamen and artists, is still today a point of reference of the Mediterranean culture and tradition. This lively, nice and at the same time proud, baroque city, shows its fascinating mix of colours and beautiful buildings, the variety of the landscape and the smell of the lively alleys of the city.
 
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CHEMICALS & PHARMACEUTICALS
CLOTHING - TEXTILES & ACCESSORIES
EDUCATION & TRAINING
ENERGY - GAS - ELECTRICITY &WATER - SERVICES
FOOD - BEVERAGE & NEWSAGENTS
FURNITURE & CARPENTRY SERVICES
HOUSE & GARDEN
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION - MANUFACTURING & SUPPLIERS
LEGAL SERVICES
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
MOTORING
MULTIMEDIA & COMPUTER GAMES
OPTICIANS & HEARING AIDS
SALES & SERVICES - MAIL ORDER & E-SHOPPING
SCIENCE - INVESTIGATION & DEVELOPMENT
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ITALIA

General Information
Capital: Rome
Area: 301,230 km2
Population: 60,157,214 (April 2009).
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz
IDD: +39
Emergency number: 112/113
Timezone: +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region), French (minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area).

Government
Government: Republic

Religion
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 EUR CHF = 66.1543 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Country roads: 90/110 km/h, Motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years.

Driving License
Driving License: EU pink format licences are valid in Italy but old-style green licences (without photos) must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany, Easter Monday (variable), Apr 25 Liberation Day, May 1 Labor Day, Aug 15 Assumption Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 25/26 Christmas Day/St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A781114182225252116129
P7162575146371521639912993
S44678911108644
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800/ 3G 2100 & HSPA

GPS
GPS: 41 54 N, 12 29 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat: 08.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.30. Food shops are often closed Wednesday afternoon.


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