Catania, Italy, a city on the island of Sicily is the epitome of shabby chic. Over the years, the city has been destroyed many times thanks to Mount Etna eruptions. And, at some point in the city’s history, they just decided to stop fighting and to stop restoring.
Nowadays, the buildings are run down, a little dingy and overall the city is in need of a refresh, but amongst the ruins, dirt and debris are some truly beautiful sites.
We arrived in Catania via train from Taormina. As with the rest of our trip, the skies were grey and ominous, but surprisingly, the weather was hot. We navigated our way through the city on foot, and as usual, after a quick nap in the hotel we set out to explore — hoping that the rains would hold off long enough for us to see the sights.
Piazza del Duomo
Our first stop of the day was Piazza del Duomo, Catania’s main square and home to some of the city’s most famous sights: the Duomo de Catania, the Fontana dell’Elefante (the Elephant fountain), and the Fontana dell’Amenano.
Duomo de Catania
Teatro Romano was one of the top items on my travel bucket list for this trip, but I’d heard/read many rumours that it was hard to find. Perhaps it was sheer luck, but shortly after leaving the Piazza we stumbled upon the door to the ruins.
The door to the Teatro Romano looked just like any other door on the street, but upon passing through it, you felt like you were stepping back in time.
Just like the ruins in Taormina, the Teatre Romano definitely lived up to my expectations and the hype!
The following day we hopped on a bus and headed out and down to the coast to Aci Castello….
Aci Trezza & Isole Dei Ciclopi
… before reaching our final destination of Aci Trezza and Isole Dei Ciclopi, or the Islands of the Cyclops. Legend (and Wikipedia) has it: “…these great stones are the ones thrown at Odysseus in The Odyssey.”
Riding along the coast with the sun beating down on us was one of the most pleasant times of our trip. It felt like summer was upon us, and I couldn’t have been happier.
That is until the crowds parted and we were finally given a glimpse of the mighty Mount Etna. Truly a sight to behold.
Editors note: We’re off on holidays for the next week, so it’ll be little quiet here on the ol’blog. But, I’ll be back with lots of posts and pictures on Monday, June 27 – see you then!
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