Travel Catania, Italy

The markets of Catania

January 18th, 2010

Catania is located in the east of Sicily and has one of the most beautiful and characteristic city centres. Piazza Del Duomo is known as Catania's central meeting point, close to the fish market of Piazza Pardo and the tasty pasticcerie and bars. During the day Catania has a lot to offer and you can spend your days looking for souvenirs on the markets, shopping in the beautiful shopping lanes or by taking a tour to the Etna vulcano.

The fish market of Piazza Pardi is a big happening in Catania and all the locals come here to buy their fresh fish but also other groceries like cheese, fresh herbs, meat and sweets. You can hear the shouting salesmen over the entire square and walking through the market as a tourist you will definitely make you stand out.

Statue of Vincenzo BelliniStatue of Vincenzo Bellini

Even if you're not planning on cooking yourself you won't have anything to worry about because this is the city where delicious food was invented! You can taste the freshes seafood combined with amazing pasta dishes that are surreal. Walking around town we decided to ask some locals for a good place to eat and we ended up in a traditional trattoria where I am certain to have tasted the best pasta in the world. It was so good that I forgot the name of the trattoria but I remember the name of this dish on their menu. Pasta Verde Mare with shrimps, pesto, tomatoes and all kinds of herbs which blended into perfection.. Viva Catania!

Another place where we had lunch and which I do remember was called Trattoria Via Monte S'Agata, located on Via Monte S'Agata 11. Try their seafood dishes and you'll never want to leave.

We booked a guesthouse through the internet but when we arrived the area we drove into looked like the ghetto of Catania and the hotel looked more like a failed tanning studio than a comfortable hotel so we decided blocked our credit cards straightaway and started looking for something else. Luckily we found the San Max Hotel, near the Vincenzo Bellini statue and close to the Duomo, pretty quickly and even if the price was a bit higher we were so happy with this hotel. Beautiful and spacious rooms and a free guarded parking lot in the middle of Catania. Perfect!

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Travel Tips for Catania Italy:

Where to stay in Catania: We stayed at the San Max Hotel which was more than we could have asked for, great service!

What to do in Catania: Visit the local markets

Where to eat in Catania: Lunch at Trattoria Via Monte S'Agata

Travel Pictures of Catania, Italy

  • The early morning markets in Catania The early morning markets in Catania
  • Statue of Vincenzo Bellini Statue of Vincenzo Bellini
  • Stesichorus Square in Catania Stesichorus Square in Catania
  • Crossing with Via Etnea Crossing with Via Etnea
  • Local market in Catania Local market in Catania
  • Sant'Agata alla Fornace in Catania Sant'Agata alla Fornace in Catania
  • Via Etnea in Catania Via Etnea in Catania
  • Chiesa della Collegiata in Catania Chiesa della Collegiata in Catania
  • Red Bull campaign in Catania Red Bull campaign in Catania
  • The university of Catania The university of Catania
  • Piazza del Duomo in Catania Piazza del Duomo in Catania
  • Le cupole di Catania Le cupole di Catania
  • U liotru, the elephant of Catania U liotru, the elephant of Catania
  • Piazza del Duomo, main square Piazza del Duomo, main square
  • Pictures of the fish market Pictures of the fish market
  • Fish market of Piazza Pardi Fish market of Piazza Pardi
  • The fish market in Catania The fish market in Catania
  • On the market in Catania On the market in Catania
  • The Duomo of Catania The Duomo of Catania
  • Fountain and wishing well Fountain and wishing well
  • Trattoria Via Monte S'Agata in Catania Trattoria Via Monte S'Agata in Catania

Weather

Catania Weather

Fair
31 °C | 87.8 °F

Traveller

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Name: Katsuo
Age: 34-41
Travel type: Couples vacation

Travel Blog

The markets of Catania
Continent: Europe
Country: Italy
City: Catania
Period: Jul '09-Aug '09
Lenght of stay: 5 days
Views: 4087

Travel Review

Liked: The food!!
Disliked: Catania centre is ok but some alleys are not safe at night
Trip Rating: Excellent

Map of Catania, Sicily

Map Catania Italy