Close to both Etna and Sea, Visit Catania with Deep In Sicily
Visiting Catania, close to both Etna and sea, being one of the few cities in Sicily that offers many diverse strolls in one place.
Catania is situated between Syracuse and Messina. In this city you can find many Roman buildings like the Roman theater, the Odeon, the amphitheater and the thermal baths.
Worth mentioning is also the Monastery of the Benedettini, a baroque monument and one of the biggest Benedictine monastery in Europe, now housing a department of the University of Catania.
Catania has been destroyed several times by earthquakes and lava flows of Etna in the past and many ancient buildings of the Medieval and Baroque era have been destroyed.
Luckily, some buildings were not affected by the eruptions: the Ursino Castle is one them, so you cannot miss out on a visit to this 13th century Norman fortress.
The elephant standing out in the middle of the fountain called ‘‘O liotru”, is the city’s landmark and is located on Piazza Duomo and made of lava stone.
The elephant’s trunk points towards the cathedral of Catania, where the patron St Agata is located.
The festival of St Agata is an “ethnologic world heritage” and is well-known all around the world.
Every year between the 3rd and 6th of February the statue of St Agata is carried around the city streets by its believers.
The public green is formed by public gardens in the city. There are a lot of parks, six of them being the biggest and most important.
Probably the most famous is ”Villa Bellini” park, dedicated to Vincenzo Bellini; the second is Villa Pacini, also known as “the park of yawns”, which is dedicated to Giovanni Pacini; then, the Gioeni Park, Falcone and Borsellino Park, I Viceré Park, and finally there is Plaia cops, which is next to the airport.
The open-air markets are essential to know the traditions and the mood of Sicilian people.
One of the most characteristic and typical place is the fish open-air market, called ”Pescheria” with its richness in colors, voices and smells. The restaurants around the Pescheria have fresh and cheap fish every day.
Another characteristic place is the market of Piazza Carlo Alberto, better known as Fera ‘o Luni. The market takes place every day.
In this market you can buy clothes, shoes, underwear, table linens and tablecloths, utensils and objects, fish, meat and vegetables!
This is the market where people from Catania buy everything from A to Z.
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