Welcome to the beating heart of Sicily, where the historic city of Catania is opening up to the innovation of peer-to-peer car sharing, combining tradition and modernity to improve the urban mobility experience. In this exclusive guide, we will dive into this innovative mode that is already widely used abroad and has been gaining momentum in Italy as well since 2017, thanks to Auting. But what is it all about?
The term peer-to-peer car sharing is defined as the sharing by a private citizen of his or her own vehicle, in exchange for income, with a person who needs it for an hour or more days. Sharing happens through Auting’s app or website, which acts as an intermediary and which,together with the Insurance company Reale Mutua, has developed special insurance to provide maximum protection for the vehicle and the driver. Find out how it works in detail and also how to register your car. There are many reasons why this mode has so many requests from travelers, first among them is convenience, in this mode it is the owners who make the car reservation prices. Another point not to be underestimated is the widespread presence, in fact there are no geographical restrictions, you can look for a car sharing car around you whether you are in the center of Catania or in the suburbs or whether you are in Palermo or in Ragusa . Finally, a reason not to be underestimated, this is a way to reduce cars on the road by using existing resources, thus decongesting cities and revolutionizing the way we think about the automobile. In short, get ready to discover Catania in a whole new way, with the convenience and efficiency that only peer-to-peer car sharing can offer.
Catania, a vibrant city rich in history on the enchanting island of Sicily, offers its visitors a unique experience. Here are some of the best areas in Catania to consider for carpooling or taking a car on a short-term basis.
Centro Stor ico: The beating heart of Catania, Centro Storico is a great place to start your adventure. Filled with historic squares, outdoor cafes, and monuments such as St. Agatha’s Cathedral, this area offers easy access to numerous vehicles available for car sharing. Parking here can be tricky, so it is best to take your car and head to the city’s other attractions.
Central Station area: car sharing at Catania’s Central Station is an ideal solution for a smooth connection for those arriving in the city by bus or train. With several car sharing options available, you can easily book a car and head to local sights such as La Plaja beach or picturesque Aci Castello.
Borgo-Sanzio: This neighborhood, a bit quieter than the city center, is a good choice for those seeking an authentic experience. With several car-sharing options, Borgo-Sanzio offers a good base for exploring both the city and its surroundings, including the famous Mount Etna.
Catania Fontanarossa Airport: Taking a car sharing car at Catania airport is a very smart move to get downtown or head for your tourist destination.
Ognina-Picanello-Stazione: This area, stretching from the coast to the interior, offers a unique combination of urban life and quiet beaches. Taking a car-sharing car here means that you are within easy reach of both the bustling city scene and the serenity of the sea.
Cibali-Canalicchio: For those wishing to explore the eastern part of Catania, this area is ideal. It offers easy access to places such as Giardino Bellini and Via Etnea, the commercial heart of the city. Again, car sharing options are numerous and convenient.
Visiting Catania, located at the foot of Mount Etna, offers a unique experience of history, culture and nature. Here is a guide to fully enjoy this vibrant Sicilian city.
1. Piazza del Duomo and the Cathedral of St. Agatha: The heart of Catania is its fascinating Piazza del Duomo. Here, the Cathedral, dedicated to St. Agatha, the city’s patron saint, impresses with its majestic Baroque facade. Inside, valuable works of art can be admired.
2. Elephant Fountain: A symbol of Catania, this Baroque sculpture depicts an elephant made of lava stone and surmounted by an Egyptian obelisk. It is located in the center of the Cathedral Square.
3. Ursino Castle: This medieval fortress, once located along the coast, is now in the heart of the city due to lava expansion. Today, it houses the Civic Museum of Catania, with historical and archaeological collections.
4. Stroll along Via Etnea: This main street in Catania offers breathtaking views of Mount Etna and abounds with stores, cafes and historic buildings. It is perfect for an evening walk.
5. Catania Fish Market (La Pescheria): Near Piazza del Duomo, this bustling fish market is a unique sensory experience. It is also the perfect place to sample fresh fish in one of the many surrounding small restaurants.
6. Roman Theater and Odeon: These ancient Roman sites offer a glimpse into Catania’s rich history. The Roman Theater, in particular, is still used for cultural events.
7. Giardino Bellini: The city’s largest public park, located on Via Etnea, is a peaceful oasis away from urban bustle, with beautiful pathways and panoramic views.
8. Excursion to Mount Etna: A trip to Catania is not complete without an excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Guided hikes provide an exciting and safe experience.
9. The Playa in Catania: For a day of relaxation, the Playa, with its long sandy beach, is the ideal place. In summer, it is a popular gathering place for bathers.
10. Aci Castello and Aci Trezza: These charming coastal villages, just a few kilometers from Catania, are famous for their legends and natural beauty, such as the Faraglioni of Aci Trezza.
11. Historical Museum of the 1943 Landing in Sicily: This museum offers an interesting insight into World War II in Sicily, with multimedia and historical exhibits.
12. Taste the Local Cuisine: Catania is famous for its cuisine. Don’t miss dishes such as pasta alla norma, arancini, and desserts such as cannoli and granita.
Catania, with its mix of culture, history and nature, offers visitors a rich and varied experience. Every corner of this city tells a story, making every visit an unforgettable adventure.
“First experience on Auting, good thing it was with Giuseppina: super helpful, car comfortable and full of amenities (never underestimate the steering wheel cover!), owner super nice and helpful, price perfect.”
“Great experience. Roberto’s car was very convenient for a one day trip around the Itria valley. Roberto himself was very friendly, helpful, punctual, and made everything easy for us to take back the car at the time that best suited us.”
“Mario was very kind, communication was top! I recommend him.”
Auting connects those who need a car for a short time (Driver) with those who have a little-used car they want to make available (Owner).
You can sign up using your Facebook account or by using your e-mail. Once you have created your account and verified your identity through your cell phone number, you can make your car available. You will not be able to enter other people’s data or your account will be deleted and you will not be covered by insurance. In the case of couples or households, each person must have his or her own personal account.
Vehicles must mandatorily have all of the following requirements:
Code Own Use (short/long-term rental or leased cars are not accepted unless specifically authorized by the long-term renter) weighing less than 3.5 T, which can carry a maximum of 9 persons and less than 13 cubic meters total volume. RVs are not accepted.
Registration in Italy within 15 years including the current year;
Insurance with the mandatory coverages under the law Motor Vehicle Liability with free driving;
Review of DMV offices in good standing.
Auting connects individuals looking for a car (Driver) and those who make their cars available (Owner) for free and in a verified manner. How does enrollment and verification take place?
Membership in Auting is free of charge. The platform offers an enrollment option with no hidden costs, providing easy and convenient access for Drivers and Owners.
Membership on Auting is free and verified. The platform adopts verification procedures to ensure that it is a safe and reliable environment for all users, providing a worry-free experience for both Driver and Owner.
Are you a car owner? With Auting, you have the opportunity to share your car with other community members.
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