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La Pescheria Catania in Sicily

See why La Pescheria is an absolute must-visit on any itinerary to Catania

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

I have visited many exciting and colourful markets over the years, Melbourne’s Queen Vic Market, the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, London’s Borough Market, Or Tor Kor Market in Bangkok, and some incredibly memorable farmer’s markets, but of all I must say Catania’s La Pescheria stands out in an unassuming but unforgettable way.

 

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For me it comes down to a combination of things, the collective character of the market with its colourful presentation of stalls, stall holders, and the quality and type of food on offer. If you’re not staying locally and want to eat, the Pescheria is surrounded by restaurants.

 

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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.

I highly suggested smelling, touching, tasting and buying what you can and can get away with! In the meantime, take a visual tour of La Pescheria below.

 

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

Address: Piazza Alonzo di Benedetto, Catania

 

 

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