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Catania - Piazza Duomo - s.k. photo

,,You could call Catania pretty much everything, but tidy it is not. The road from the train station to the city center can be downright shocking after an idyllic drive through the mountains, but anyone who has already navigated the maze that is Naples, and perhaps even fallen in love with the wild romance of Southern Italy, will soon begin to relax those tense, hunched shoulders.

Mount Etna keeps popping up on the horizon here, always smoking nicely – just like the locals, whether a twelve-year-old kid at the fish market or the eighty-year-old grandfather who examines the fresh tuna with a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth. I can’t emphasize enough how cool it is that these people live right under an active volcano. It gives a certain weight to every day, knowing it might just blow its top, and aesthetically makes Catania a sort of Mediterranean Salzburg, though there’s no risk here of the police taking you away if you spit in the street.

Catania has a bad reputation, but it’s worth at least giving it a chance – though I still wouldn’t necessarily recommend it as a honeymoon destination. It’s a good spot for street photographers, though, since on every street corner you’ll find a beautiful church or at least a shrine, and every face begs to be immortalized. Sunrises, meanwhile, are as orange as the fruit ripening in the city parks.” (2017)



Practicals

Transport

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Catania - Park&Ride - a.p. photo

Catania - public bus seen from a tourist sightseeing bus - k.i. photo

Food

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Catania - sandwich - a.p. photo

Shopping

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Catania - Historic center - open-air fish market, La Pescheria - ata photo

Catania - flea market - f.p. photo

Catania - wine shop - f.p. photo

Health

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Catania - h.a. photo

Background

Catania - ata photo

Destination in brief

Population (in 2020): 586,000

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 1200 Euro

Nowadays

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Catania - small square - a.s. photo

Catania - procession - f.p. photo

Attractions

Churches

Catania - The church of Santa Lucia alla Badia - Sicilian-baroque - h.a. photo

Roman Theater

Catania - Teatro Romano - f.p. photo

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