Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the Metropolitan City of Catania, one of the ten biggest cities in Italy, and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy. The population of the city proper is 313.000 while the population of the conurbation is estimated to be 767,003. The metropolitan city has 1,115,310 inhabitants. Catania is well known for its historical earthquakes, having been destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169 Catania has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC. The city has a rich culture and history, hosting many museums, restaurants, churches, parks and theatres. Catania is well known for its street food.