Piazza Università

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  • Day2


    June 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C


    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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  • 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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  • Day33

    Auf nach Sizilien

    October 27, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Am sonnigen Samstag Vormittag machten unsere 4 Reisebegleiter eine treppenreiche Tropea ⛪️ Besichtigungstour, nachmittags mit dem Zug 🚊 nach Reggio de Calabria, mit der Fähre ⛴ in das sizilianische Messina (stark bewölkt ). Nach einem Umweg zum Hotel Abendspaziergang mit Cantina-Stop und herrliches Abendessen 🥘Read more

  • Day8

    San Berillo District

    May 19, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Watch this out - einfach nur genial! Da geht man mir nix, dir nix mal ne menschenleere Gasse entlang und landet mitten in einem kunterbunten Wunderland. Leckeres Essen, Trinks zu bezahlbaren Preisen und die Wohlfühlatmosphäre gibt es kostenfrei. Absolutes Like!Read more

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Piazza Università, Piazza Universita

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