Monday, March 09, 2009

Catania day trip...


The weather today in Catania was glorious... I stepped out onto Diana's terrace to a breathtaking view of Mt.Etna. One could gaze in amazement, and I plan to next time I'm here, but today we had work to do... We set out on the streets of Catania in search for, well... It was a shopping day for us girls.

Don't mind our misshaped bodies. It has been pointed out to me that I am without neck, shoulders, nor forearms... :) But I make a very nice shaped arrow or Ace of Spades as Carmelo put it! ;) In any case, with the lavic stone road of Catania beneath our feet, we were ready for a day in the sun.

The streets of Catania are something not to miss... Many people pass looking into storefronts, but next time take a closer look at the workmanship of these massive blocks. I remember walking along with Antonello watching a team of workmen sitting on the ground with their legs, open as if children playing, chiseling away with their hammers, banging into this dense stone. Not a machine, the art and craft of the Sicilian traditions are still alive here. There is art everywhere in this city, great and small...

We've created a bit of a Cassata addiction when we get together... But do stay tuned, I hear there will be a Cassata Dolci factory at my place this weekend! Yummy...

Another amazing day in Sicily...

Interested in a little background information about the lovely round Cassata of Catania? I talk a bit about them last year at the Festival of St. Agata.

Aerial view of the Catania street market...

4 comments:

Leanne in Italy said...

I really like Catania and used to visit quite often when I was living in Taormina. Some people think there is nothing special about the city - but then again the other half of people just love it!

Lucia said...

God, I'm so jealous!!! But also so lucky that there are people like you who blog about a place I hold dear in my heart SICILY.
Beautifuly pictures!

Jill said...

Catania is amazing... Alive and full of stories! Thank you both for your comments...

Disha said...

Just a quick question, I was planning to go to Catania.. And I was wondering if you could tell me a few things.

Is it safe? I am 18, and I will be going alone.. or with a friend.
And what about the mafia? Is it bad? I am sorry I am just very paranoid!

Also, do you need to know Italian? Or do people speak English too?