The Catanian coastline was spectacular. Unlike many other Sicilian shores we’d seen, Catania had no sandy beach. This is, perhaps, what caused ancient authors to equate this place, harsh and rocky as it is, to the land of the Cyclopes.
This also must have been one of the first landing points for colonizing Greeks. With the natural super-phenomenon of Aetna and the mythology of the Cyclopes, ancient Katana must have been a religious/mythologically important area for the Greeks. (But then again, what place wasn’t?)