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Fontana dell'Amenano

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    • Day 4

      Catania

      March 6, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Catania is the 2nd largest city in Sicily and the economic center of the island. The city is located between Mt. Etna and the sea. Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures because, even on a sunny day, most of the volcano was the clouds (and maybe some smoke--it was hard to tell).
      The city dates back to the 8th century BCE when it was founded by Greek colonists. It has been subject to a number of earthquakes over the centuries. The most significant was in 1693 when the city was flattened. Everything seen today is what was built to replace the destroyed city.
      The 1st picture is the cathedral dedicated to the nativity of Holy Mary. In front of the cathedral is the Piazza Del Duomo where the 2nd picture was taken. The building in the background is the city hall, but more important is the column with the elephant and obelisk (called U Liotru), which is the symbol of the city. Interestingly, paleontology suggests that dwarf elephant were native to Sicily and that they were about the same size as the statue.
      The 4rd picture is Ursino Castle that dates to the 13th century. It is about the only structure to survive the 1693 earthquake. The castle is built on lava, and it is thought that this is why is survived. Some say that lava has seismic benefits for buildings.
      The 4th picture looks on an excavation of some of the Roman ruins. This is part of the theater complex. I'm told that the tunnels that existed for the theater were used as bomb shelters during world war 2.
      The 5th picture looks along the religious street. This is a unique situation where numerous convents and monasteries of several orders with their churched were grouped together, one after another along a single street.
      The last picture is a bit of street art. This particular piece was modified at the beginning of the covid pandemic. I'm sure you'll recognize what was added.
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    • Day 4

      Catania

      November 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Nach dem schweren Erdbeben von 1693 wurde die Stadt von berühmten Baumeistern im spanisch-sizilianischen Barockstil völlig neu angelegt. Der Dom S. Agata (1730-36) hat antike Säulen aus dem römischen Theater, das ebenfalls zu besichtigen ist; aus römischer Zeit stammt auch das monumentale Amphitheater (2./3. Jh.). Wahrzeichen der Stadt ist die zum Andenken an das große Beben errichtete Fontana dell'Elefante (1736).Read more

    • Day 28

      Augusta-Catania-Zafferana Etnea

      October 3, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Heute also Catania und dann Richtung Ätna.
      Trotz Städteübersättigung hat uns Catania ausnehmend gut gefallen. Etwas weniger Barock, etwas mehr Alltag, großartiges Universitätsviertel, sichtbares Student*innenleben, toller Markt, die Giardini Bellini zum Relaxen..

      Herausfordernd war wieder einmal die Parkplatzsuche. Aber nach dem Motto: Einer geht immer noch, haben wir uns auf einem großen, bewachten Parkplatz in eine Parklücke gezwängt.

      Nach 3-4 Stunden Catania geht's endlich Richtung Ätna. Den ganzen Tag lacht er uns schon an.
      Wir fahren nach Zafferana Etnea, einem Ort an der Südseite des Ätna.
      Dort übernachten wir in der Area sosta Camper Spuligni. Das ist ein wirklich toller Platz, der alles bietet, was wir brauchen. Schöner Stellplatz, saubere Duschen mit Warmwasser, alles mit Liebe gemacht.
      Salvatore, der 72 jährige Besitzer ist eine Seele von Mensch. Herzlich, hilfsbereit und mit Leib und Seele für seinen Campingpatz da. Es gibt sogar eine Waschmaschine, diewir auch ausgiebig genutzt haben. 5€

      Der Stellplatz kostet 20€ inklusive warme Dusche.
      Am Markt in Catania haben wir Sardinen gekauft, die wie am Abend braten und mit Tomtensalat und Brot verspeisen.
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    • Day 20

      Merman, Dad!

      January 9, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

      Every time I see a merman, I’m reminded of that scene in Zoolander, where his father calls him a mermaid and he testily replies that he was a, “merman, Dad!”

      I saw these lovely mermen in Catania’s historic old town today.

      Much like the Copenhagen’s famous Little Mermaid, these guys seem to have separate legs. See what I mean?
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    • Day 20

      Sant Agata Mural

      January 9, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      If you read my entry called “Breast Pastry,” then you already know why this woman is carrying a tray with her own breasts upon it.

      The sticker next to this wall mural mimics a typical art gallery info plaque. In this case, it lists the artist as “TVboy” and says it’s from the “Museo della Strada,” aka “the Museum of the Street.”

      This is the first time I’ve come across TVboy, but it seems that he is a bit like Banksy. Here’s the info I found after following the QR code next to the mural:

      “Tvboy is a Contemporary Urban Artist based in Barcelona. Born in Palermo in 1980, he started painting in the streets of Milan in 1996. In 2004 he became known for the Tvboy character and moved to Barcelona, where he settled his art studio. He has displayed his artworks in many different countries worldwide both in the street or in gallery and museum exhibitions.”

      For more about TVboy, visit his website at : TVboy.it
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    • Day 22

      Catania

      April 1, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Eine super quirlige Stadt. Heute morgen Marsch in die Altstadt. Zuerst zum Markt. War supertoll. Leider konnten wir nichts einkaufen, wir hatten noch eine längere Tour vor und der Fisch und die Erdbeeren wären verdorben. Die Kathedrale war auch sehr sehenswert. Das Theater Greco auch. Da wurden doch glatt Teile des Amphitheaters weggenommen, um Häuser zu bauen. Vollkommen unverständlich.Read more

    • Day 3

      Fischmarkt von Catania

      April 3, 2023 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      Manche Fische und Garnelen sind so frisch, dass sie sich noch bewegen. Will heissen: Sie sterben gerade vor unseren Augen. Dieser Anblick macht uns etwas nachdenklich, aber nur kurz, denn schon werden wir vom geschäftigen Treiben an den Verkaufsständen abgelenkt.

      Der Schwertfisch ist einfach zu erkennen, ebenso der Thunfisch, aber dann wird's schnell schwierig, und die meisten italienischen Namen sind mir eh nicht geläufig.

      Tintenfische hat es auch, liegen noch halb im von der eigenen Tinte dunkelbraun gefärbten Wasser. Und kistenweise Muscheln in verschiedenen Grössen.

      Weiter hinten gibt es auch noch Fleisch und Käse sowie Früchte, Gemüse und Kräuter zu kaufen. Aber wir haben genug gesehen und gehen zurück zur Unterkunft, Check-out.
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    • Day 19

      Catania, Sicily

      September 13, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Okay, so the down town area is a little better. I did however point the camera up to avoid the graffiti.

      Pic 1 - Elephants? Did Hannibal invade this place? Anyone? Buehler?

      Pic 2 and Pic 3 - Clearly the little money here is spent on churches that I and clearly mostly euro's care nothIng about as well as fountains. Good work guys.

      On Monday I'll be headed to Roma and away from the Mexico of Europe. Yes, I really did post a pic of a mummified cat on here previously.
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    • Day 55

      La Pescheria, Catania

      October 23, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      After breakfast at “our local” we made our way to La Pescheria, just off the Piazza del Duomo. At the entrance to La Pescheria, on the edge of the Piazza is Fonatana dell’Amenano, a fountain built in 1867 with fine marble from Carrara. Dedicated to the Amenano which is one of the two rivers of Catania and is no longer visible, due to the nature of an underground river that seems to have acquired in 252 BC due to an eruption of Etna that literally buried it. The fountain is formed by a large white shell-shaped container and above it stands the statue of Amenano, a pagan deity worshiped by the Greeks and seems to be a fitting entrance to La Pescheria.

      La Pescheria is the weekday fish markets, a rowdy spectacle surround by seafood restaurants, most of which were still closed when we were there. This is definitely a place to experience and is a photographer’s paradise. So much to see from the stalls filled with different types of fish, silver sardines shimmering in the sunlight, sword fish strung up to appear to be bursting from the water, crustaceasns, octopuses that still move and tuna as tall as humans. Add in the wrinkled and sun hardened fishermen, it is a shopping experience like no other.

      Along side the fish market is the food market with stalls selling huge wheels of so many different types of cheeses, slaughtered meats hung everywhere, shaved sheep heads, huge sausage strings, and tables filled to abundance with colourful fresh fruit and vegetables. Sacks full of nuts, jars of spices, artichokes being cooked over open fires, so much is going on. It is a taste of the real Catania
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    • Day 5

      Der Fischmarkt in Catania

      October 12, 2020 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Ich versuch mich ja mit der Food-Bloggerei schon echt zurück zu halten. Aber Catanias Fischmarkt ist ein Muss, denn angeboten werden hier neben Fangfrischem auch so ziemlich alle anderen auf Sizilien produzierten Lebensmittel.
      So fühl ich mich wieder einmal wie Anthony Bourdain (Gott hab ihn selig) und erkunde die Welt auf meine liebste Art - mit dem Gaumen! 🤤

      Alles war einfach wahnsinnig lecker und sehr liebevoll zubereitet.
      Verspeisen durfte ich frisches Thunfisch-Tatar, gefüllte Schwertfisch-Röllchen und Cannoli (nur anders interpretiert). Was Cannoli genau sind, dazu komme ich später nochmal in diesem Blog.

      "Wenn es gut aussieht - essen Sie's!" 😁
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