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Travel: 12 Hours in Catania, Sicily

Whether you’re doing a quick overnight stay or just spending half a day, here are three names for 12 hours in Catania, Sicily. We feature one must-do, one must stay and a must-eat.

Catania is Sicily’s second largest city after Palermo. A port city on the islands’ east coast, Catania has a rich and long history, founded by the Ancient Greeks in 729AC. Fast forward to modern times however, and Catania is known as the home of the quintessential Sicilian dish ‘Pasta alla Norma‘, a plate of maccheroni pasta with a tomato sauce containing fried eggplant, and topped with grated salted ricotta and basil.

Sicilians are well known amongst Italians as serious food lovers, and their cuisine is regarded with much respect. This however, you will be able to see and taste for yourself in and around Catania. Their famed market, La Pescheria is the pinnacle of their culinary pride and this stretches down to the streets of Catania, with bistro’s and busy bars brimming with patrons. One of my favourite memories was seeing a chef cooking outside one evening. He had been tasked with looking after the grill. With tongs in one hand and a ‘brush’ fashioned from just rosemary twigs in the other, I noticed him dipping the ‘brush’ in olive oil and lightly gliding it across the burgers. When I asked him why, he said it was to scent the meat – extraordinary.

If you are passing through Catania, then I have three very basic and simple tips on where to eat, drink , visit and stay. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Note: This is an independent, unsponsored post. Thoughts are my own only.

 

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Catania building 12 Hours in Catania Sicily

 

 

Catania La Pescheria 5 24 Hours in Catania ws

 

 

Catania La Pescheria 7 24 Hours in Catania ws

 

VISIT

La Pescheria – Piazza Alonzo di Benedetto, Catania

Opening Hours: 8am – 2pm Monday to Saturday – Closed Sunday’s (*note hours as per Google)

Catania’s colourful and famous market, La Pescheria is an absolute feast for the eyes and belly.

Although the market is called La Pescheria, which literally translates to ‘the fish store’ in Italian, regular fruit and vegetable vendors and food stalls also add to the culinary chaos. Imagine swirls of fresh fish staring at you front-on or sideways, heavily salted anchovies tenderly offered stuffed with garlic and parsley, butchers dressed in white coats like doctors performing public surgery on joints and carcasses (cigarettes may or may not be poised momentarily on their mouths as they operate). The whole affair is comical, delicious, frightening and exciting all at the same time, not to mention the sounds of the vendors persistently and passionately calling out and equally ‘moved’ locals purchasing their goods.

If you’re not staying locally and want to eat, the Pescheria is surrounded by restaurants. I highly suggested smelling, touching, tasting and buying what you can and can get away with! In the meantime, if you’re interested in a visual tour of La Pescheria, see our full post here.

 

 

Uzeta' Bistro 12 Hours in Catania Sicily

 

EAT & DRINK

Uzeta’ Bistro – Via Penninello, 41, Catania, Sicily

If you have 12 hours in Catania Sicily then I highly recommend Uzeta’ Bistro as a pit stop during your travels. This modern space in a rustic, grotto-like setting is the perfect place for a pre- or post-dinner snack and drink. They have an impressive offering of Sicilian beers and wines, and Sicilian tapas. Think polenta fingers, fritters stuffed with anchovies and pine nuts, just delectable and so well put together. The staff are charming and incredibly knowledgable. This was recommended to us by our B&B host, and is one of her favourite local spots.

 

Catania Accommodation B and B Liodoro 12 Hours in Catania Sicily

 

STAY

B&B Liodoro – Via Gagliani, 13, Catania, Sicily

A former residence that is now a family operated, B&B Liodoro is an incredibly spacious apartment comprised of four or five bedrooms set in a secure apartment building. Our room was very comfortable and huge(!) comprising an en suite and balcony. The location is right in the middle of the city, and a short walk from Catania’s amazing food market, La Pescheria – mentioned above. The hosts were genuinely friendly and incredibly helpful with tips and recommendations. I highly recommend B&B Liodoro if you’re looking for a generously sized and economical space that’s central.