The Host City
Catania is situated at the centre of the Ionian coast
in eastern Sicily and extends from the sea to the low foothills of Etna,
Europe's highest active volcano. Historically Catania has been the gateway
to many cultures, which are represented by different architectural styles
(e.g., baroque) and monuments (e.g., the Greek-Roman Theatre). Due to its
geographical position and history Catania represents a Mediterranean gate
to Europe. Catania is the meeting point of the vast human and economic
area of the Mediterranean, not just a confluence of economic interests
but convergence and confrontation of cultures and civilisations. In recent
years industry has created new areas dedicated to productive activity.
The establishment of hi-tech multinationals has given the name of "Etna
Valley" to the industrial area. The modern Catania has become well-known
for its technological revolution. Sicily a land of great beauty but also
a productive land with industrial districts, comprising SMEs with strong
export potential and of a growing desire for internationalisation.