Sunday, 17 July 2016

Catania Photo Diary

Our last destination on our Sicily trip was Catania. Since we went for a relaxing holiday, we decided to spend just one night in Catania before we flew home. Getting from Taormina to Catania isn't difficult but unfortunately the train we intended to take there was cancelled. We opted for the bus instead since it was only 4.90. You can get tickets for the bus from the cafe inside Taormina-Giardini station and the bus stop is just across the road.

We didn't really have a plan for our time there so we just wandered around the centre in the evening. Catania is full of gorgeous baroque architecture so we weren't short on things to see.
The main site I wanted to see was the Duomo (the outside is pictured above). It's been rebuilt throughout history due to facing earthquakes and eruptions but what stands today is pretty impressive.
Here's the Fontana dell'Elefante, the elephant statue that has become a symbol of the city. It is said that pygmy elephants roamed the city in ancient times. Also, legend has it that the obelisk on top of the elephant has magical powers.
The University of Catania.






Apologies for not knowing the names of most of the buildings - I wasn't really paying attention to the map. It was our last night in Sicily so I mostly just wanted to take it all in. Our time there was definitely too short so I hope I can go back one day and see more of the island.

Catania Tips
  • We were approached by several people asking us if we needed a taxi. However, the cabs they drove were all unmarked so we decided not to find out what would happen if we hopped into one. To stay safe/not get ripped off, look out for the taxis with 'taxi' signs on top of them and official logos on the side. There are a couple of taxi ranks around the city  including one right outside Catania Centrale Station.
  • There's no train to and from the airport, so you can either take an Ali Express bus or a taxi. You can find both at the central station, along with several other places.
  • Buses are a great cheap way to get around Sicily if you plan on seeing multiple places. Catania's bus station is a giant car park round the corner from Catania Centrale Station with buses going to many different destinations. Tickets for the buses can be purchased at a ticket office close by on Via D'Amico 181.
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4 comments:

  1. I went there once and it was such a lovely place! I left a piece of my heart there <3

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    1. Aww! It is beautiful! I hope you get to visit again soon :)

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  2. So beautiful! Acutally my father is from Adrano :) But it has been so long since I last went to Sicily :(

    Have a great weekend!
    Michaela
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    1. That's awesome! I hope you get to visit again soon!

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