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Second city in Sicily by number of inhabitants, Catania stretches on the homonymous plain, between the Ionian Sea and the slopes of Mount Etna. The surrounding countryside, made even more fertile by volcanic eruptions, is cultivated, for the most part, with citrus gardens. The city’s close link with the volcano is also visible in the buildings, many of which are built with lava stone. According to the historian Thucydides, Katane was founded after 729 BC. by the Calcidesi settlers of Naxos, on the hill today known as the Benedictines.