Centro - S. Cristoforo

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  • Day4

    Ich glaub das kann weg...

    September 22, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Ich schätze meine Gliedmaßen wird man nach dem Urlaub einfach amputieren können. Ich bin so unglaublich zerstochen, dass ich die Nacht vor Jucken kaum geschlafen hab ... und dann summen mir noch ständig weiter Mücken um die Ohren.

  • Day8

    Catania from above

    May 19, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Mittlerweile sind wir im trubeligen, chaotischen, abgerockten Catania angekommen. Der Flair einer Stadt erschliesst sich einem ja oftmals erst von oben. Also nix wie hoch auf die Kirche am Piazza Dante und Blick schweifen lassen. Und während ich das schreibe, hat sich blöderweise der Ätna hinter Wolken verzogen.Read more

  • Day9

    Chiesa di Sant' Agata alla Badia

    May 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

    Heute liegt uns Catania erneut zu Füßen. Die Kuppel der Chiesa di Sant' Agata alla Badia bietet dafür einen perfekten 360 Grad Blick. Aufgrund seiner Lage ist der Ausblick noch etwas spannender als gestern. Begleitet von Techno-Beats aus einem benachbarten Gundstück warten wir darauf, ob der Ätna noch seine Spitze preis gibtRead more

  • Day9

    Catania from above Pt.2

    May 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

    Neuer Tag, neues Glück. Diesmal der Blick von der Chiesa St. Agata neben der Kathedrale ins weite Rund am Fusse des Ätna. Strahlender Sonnenschein, von weit unten tönt die Strassenband mit gute Laune Reggaeton, auf der anderen Seite dröhnt feinster elektronischer Beat nach oben. So kann der Tag beginnen.Read more

  • Day9

    Castello Ursino: Museo Civico

    May 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 24 °C

    Heute mal einen auf kulturell gemacht. Die aktuelle Ausstellung von italienischen Künstlern, die bisher nur privat, nicht aber der breiten Öffentlichkeit gezeigt wurden, kann sich aber auch sehen lassen. Zur Stärkung davor und/oder danach können wir den Kiosk direkt davor empfehlen - es gibt günstige Drinks und gute Paninis.Read more

  • Day100

    Pumicient elephant

    February 4 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Most popular sight appears to be the elephant in Piazza del Duomo carved from lava and impaled on a granite shaft.
    The Piazza is another Unesco World Heritage site.
    Inside the cathedral I discovered the tomb of Vincenzo Bellini.
    During this festival, to thank S.Agata for her help, people buy these candles, long in proportion with the amount of thanks due. After their devotions before her statue, the remains of the candles are thrown to the ground in the customary Italian fashion.Read more

  • Day100


    February 4 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Festival of Santa Agata,the patron saint of Catania, the town founded by the Greeks in 729 BCE.
    This is the third largest display of public hysteria after those in Santiago and Sevilla. Similarly, they carry iconographic statues around from parish church to cathedral and back. Some 60,000 people throng the streets so I'm told and the centre gets completely choked by nightfall. This is the start of 5 days of festivities so the streets are fairly empty: ie I can move.
    At night I am locked out of the Piazza deal Duomo as the tiny roads gradually choke themselves to a standstill - even though arriving 2.5 hours before the firework show. I took a photo of the via Etnea as it plays an important role later in the pageant. As I leave there is a 2km roadblock of people trying to drive into the centre.

    The next 2 days were going to be rainy and I could not face the prospect of fighting for survival in the mob. How right I was.

    The culmination of the processions is a long march carrying a large icon of Santa Agata up the via Etnea to the cloistered convent at the top of the road pointing to Etna. The nuns are allowed this one time during the year to be seen in public and to sing in honour of the Saint, which they do, even though there are only a dozen left and not too strong in voice. Now here's the rub: the road has a perceptible steepness so the float, (weighing as much as a car,) is not only carried by about 20 men but also pulled by two long ropes with many people. When it starts to move there is no stopping it and apparently the carriers have to run to keep the momentum under some sort of control. Obviously a tricky and dangerous feat.

    I heard on the radio that this year the road was damp and too many people had hunkered down on the road to watch. Unacceptably dangerous. However, when the church and civic authorities asked people to leave the road so there was room, the spectators refused, falling to their knees and invoking the intercession of Santa Agata. Others started rioting.I don't know how they sorted it in the end, but it was all very unpleasant and I am glad to have missed it.
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Centro - S. Cristoforo, Prima Circoscrizione

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