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Sicily’s second largest city is an attraction of experiences and impressions for the senses. The sea and Mount Etna, the gigantic volcano, set its limits. It looks like the volcano is the guardian of the city although the city has not stopped reinventing itself after multiple eruptions and earth quakes. Catania, founded by the Greeks in the 8th century BC, is blue and cobalt, and plain: it extends from the mountain as a sheet until reaching the Ionian Sea. It is a mixture of culture, nostalgic and joy. If you are a lover of gastronomy prepared to be delighted with the mixture of local products. Not every thing that glitters in Italy is pasta: discover the local Arancini, (stuffed fried rice balls) a taste explosion. Enjoy the spectacular architecture of its wide streets. Sit in the Piazza del Duomo and open your eyes, real wide, and just enjoy.
Main City Rome
Surface 180 km²
Many people wonder if it's not frightening to live at the foot of a volcano. An active volcano, at that. And the highest in Europe, to further specify. The truth is, those of us who've grown up with Mt. Etna get used to it. We from Catania, who know it well, are aware that Etna's not male, or a "vulcano" (a masculine word in Italian). Rather, it's female, or as we usually call it, a "muntagna" (a feminine word in Sicilian dialect).
In Catania, food is a serious thing, especially street food. Although there's no shortage of sophisticated reinterpretations, we prefer the original. Here's some not-to-missed street food!
«The sea has not even a country, and belongs to all who are listening«. Catania has a relationship with the sea that is as deep as it is complicated. Giovanni Verga, already knew this, when in his line from «I Malavoglia« or «Unwillingness« quoted above, he describes a custom that people from Catania get used to doing already from childhood: looking out at sea.