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Catania

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  • Day1

    Castello Ursino

    July 4 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We made a trip to castello ursino. We still need to get used to the hot weather, in the Palace it was nice and cool, but not until a 20 minute walk!! And we need to figure out where we will be going tomorrow...

  • Day9

    Catania

    June 1 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Heute in Catania angekommen. Fischmarkt, Elefant , Altstadt mit jeder Menge Kirchen, Kathedralen, Hochzeiten, Canolli. Leider ist die kleine Hafenstadt etwas in die Jahre gekommen, daher wieder aufs Schiff und den letzten Tag an Bord geniessen.
    Zum Auslaufen ist ein kleine Abordnung der Stadt zum Hafen gekommen. Fahnen schwenkend und Nationalhymnen wurde Abschied genommen. Das war sehr rührig, wir sassen auch gerade an der richtigen Seite und konnten die Zeremonie wundervoll verfolgen, gleichzeitig wurde an Bord natürlich der Graf gespielt.Read more

  • Day2

    Catania

    June 1 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Catania

    Ich war sehr überrascht wie schön die Stadt doch ist. Zu Beginn war ich durch die Bauten am Rand von Catania etwas abgeschreckt, aber welche Stadt hat das nicht. Der Kern von Catania ist hingegen sehr schön! Es gibt viele nette Gassen mit Bars und Restaurants. Besonders der Fischmarkt hat mich beeindruckt (Bild1/4/5/6). Sollte man sich aufjedenfall anschauen und neben dem Fisch gibt es natürlich auch viel Obst und Gemüse. Hier sind auch einige nette Restaurants. Wir haben uns für eine Käse und Weinverkostung direkt auf dem Markt entscheiden (Bild7) und waren super happy damit.

    Bar (Bild2): Luni Weinbar (hier kann man sehr schön sitzen und der Aperol schmeckt auch)
    Bar (Bild8): Cantiere Gemmellaro (kann ich echt nur empfehlen! Zu den Drinks bekommt man noch eine Menge Häppchen, sehr lecker)
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  • Day19

    My next adventure

    July 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 81 °F

    Sad in a way for us all to go own way but I am ready for my next adventure in Austria with Bruno & Gabi. The hotel Ravesi was an amazing place to stay,a photo of our little friend who was wandering around last night under the light. Lovely views of the hotel gardens and of Lipari. Boat trip uneventful but trip from Milazzo to Catania took an age. Staying at a hotel close to the airport as I have an early flight to Zurich in the morning. Hotel and the service is crap, maybe they have a monopoly??? Better to come, I am sure. Bon voyage Italy, look out Austria.Read more

  • Day55

    Castello Ursino, Catania

    October 23, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Our next stop for today was the Castello Ursino. Also known as the Castello Svevo di Catania, it is a castle built in the 13th century as a royal castle of the Kingdom of Sicily and is mostly known for its role in the Sicilian Vespers when it became the seat of the Sicilian Parliament. Built between 1230 and 1250, it is one of the few buildings to survive the earthquake of 1693. When the castle was first built, it was on a cliff looking out to sea, however as the result of volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes, it is now a kilometre inland.

    The Museo Civico opened in the restored castle in 1934 and it now houses artefacts and artwork from the castle as well as the greater geographical area. It is home to the valuable archaeological collection of the Biscoris, Catania’s most important aristocratic family, and includes colossal classical sculptures, Greek vases, some fine mosaics and some very interesting paintings. We were quite surprised at how vivid the colours still are today but what surprised us the most was the gruesome themes in a lot of the paintings. The artists certainly were a macabre lot.

    This is a pretty cool looking castle with part of its moat still intact, although today it is a green space filled with cats and kittens. The museum space inside is modern but it has been restored in such a way that parts of the old castle blend perfectly with the newer structure. The courtyard appears to be the only place that has not been touched as it is fairly empty but for some broken ancient pots and columns in disrepair, and I even loved photographing this space too.
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  • Day53

    Piazza Universita, Catania

    October 21, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Once the rain cleared we ventured out to see what Catania’s historic centre was like, hoping to change our first impressions. Thankfully they were. Although the buildings need a good clean, at least the laneways and squares are rubbish and graffiti free.

    Our apartment overlooks the Piazza Universita, so that was our first stop. The Piazza’s existence dates back to 1696 when the University building was built after the destruction caused by the Earthquake of the Val di Noto of 1693, the largest catastrophic event that struck eastern Sicily in historical times. Once thing that we have noticed in the historical areas is the lack of greenery and at least in this Piazza they have made a little effort to bring some colour in with flower beds surrounding the four artistic bronze candlesticks that decorate the square. These sculptures were created by Catania sculptors in 1957 to represent four ancient Catanese legends.

    On one side of the Piazza is the Universita degli Studi di Catania, the university, and on the other is the Teatro Machiavelli, in what was once the San Giuliano palace built in 1738. Cafes and shops surround the rest of the piazza, built in converted historic palaces and building. The Piazza has quite a sparse feel and it seems to be used more as thoroughfare than a square to sit and relax in. We did, however, try out a couple of the cafes on our stay here, with Café Prestipino becoming a quick favourite.

    With the weather not being the best, we had a quick walk around, did some grocery shopping and headed back to our apartment for the afternoon and evening, resting up before we hit the sites tomorrow.
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  • Day54

    Cafe Prestipino, Catania

    October 22, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Thankfully we woke to a beautiful day and we were ready to explore… after breakfast, of course. We started our day at Café Prestipino with a coffee and a croissant. When you are on a good thing you stick with it. The café is on the corner of our building, and it became our favourite for Catania. We did try a couple of others but we always returned.

    Founded in 1976, this family run café has everything - great location between the Piazza Universita and Piazza del Duomo, amazing range of food, great prices, and the best free snack platter served with our drinks. In fact, one afternoon, we dropped by for a couple of drinks and had so many snacks we did not need dinner. We loved one of the snacks so much we asked if we could buy a bag to take-away and the fabulous staff gave us a bag for free.

    Café Prestipino is open for breakfast through to the late-night suppers and has so much to offer, being a bar, restaurant, bakery, patisserie and gelateria. And we almost tried everything, coffee and pastries for morning tea, afternoon drinks and snacks, take-away hot dinner that came wrapped and tied with a bow, and of course, gelato. They have some amazing flavours we hadn’t seen or tried before, so we did have to go back a couple of times. We would return to Catania just to go back to Café Prestipino. It was a great place to start our day touring the city.
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  • Day54

    Piazza del Duomo, Catania

    October 22, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Just around the corner from the Piazza Universita and Café Prestipino is the Piazza del Duomo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that represents the historic centre of the city. Catania was founded by the Greeks in 729 BC and has a rich history of cultural heritage that can be found in its beautiful monuments and building, all of which were rebuilt after Catania was destroyed by the 1693 earthquake.

    The earthquake struck parts of Sicily, Italy and Malta on 11th January 1693 and was the most powerful in Italian recorded history. It destroyed at least 70 towns and cities, Catania being one of them, and killed about 60000 people. Almost two-thirds of the entire population of Catania were killed, including 7000 that died praying when the cathedral collapsed.

    The Piazza del Duomo was rebuilt in 1700 on the site of the older medieval piazza. Packed full of historic sites and buildings it is the home to the richly decorated Catania Cathedral, Cattedrale di Sant’Agata which is dedicated to the patron saint of the city. Shock, surprise, we did not go into this Cathedral as it appeared to be closed whenever we walked by it, and we were quite happy to admire it from the outside.

    On one side of the piazza is the Palazzo degli Elefanti which currently houses the city’s Town Hall and on the other is the Palazzo del Seminario dei Chierici, which today is home to the Diocesan Museum and municipal financial offices.

    In the centre of the piazza is the whimsical Fontana dell’Elefante statue and this was one of my favourite sites in Catania. It looked so out of place amongst the elaborate buildings surrounding the square. The Fountain of the Elephant was built in 1736 and is a smiling black lava elephant dating from Roman times. The ancient Egyptian obelisk on the elephant’s back, decorated with ancient hieroglyphics, was brought from Egypt to Italy. The elephant is now the symbol of the city.

    We crossed the square numerous times during our four days in Catania as the main street, Via Etna, always lead back to the square and every time I would want take more photos of the elephant. He was just that cute, not a word I would usually use to describe a historic fountain.

    After a wander around the square we continued on to our next location.
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  • Day54

    Teatro Romano, Catania

    October 22, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Next stop for today was a visit to the Teatro Romano, the Roman theatre built with successive enlargements over a period of time ranging from the 1st to the 4th century AD. With a diameter of about 80 meters, the orchestra, the cavea (which rests on high vaulted corridors) and some parts of the scene are still visible today.

    The theatre was stripped of the marble and stone that it was made of in 1098, at the behest of Count Ruggero, in order to speed up the construction of the Cathedral of Sant’Agata, and in the 5th century inhabitants of the city were allowed to strip the theatre for building material for the construction of stone buildings, on the grounds that the monument had been abandoned for a long time. In 1550 measures were taken to secure the ruins and it was finally buried by the 1693 earthquake.

    In the 18th century excavations begun to establish beyond doubt that the amphitheatre had actually existed, a point that some people of the time strongly denied. What remains today, represents about a tenth of the amphitheatre with most of the amphitheatre being below the streets. Due to different lava eruptions and earthquakes, the ground level has dropped over time and today the lower part of the building, especially the orchestra area, is washed by the waters of the river Amenano, the river that flows underground to the city, which prevents the use of the theatre for contemporary performances.

    After some of the amazing historic sites we have visited this one really didn’t impresses us too much, although it is always great to learn about the history of the cities and towns we are visiting.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Catania, كاتانيا, Катания, Catània, Κατάνη, Catane, קטניה, CTA, カターニア, კატანია, Catina, Katānija, Katania, Catânia, Катанија

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