Sicily adventure and whistle stop tour – part 1 Catania

 We covered approx. 350km of Sicily and just about 1/3 of the diameter but managed to experience volcano, wine, sea, sand, cats, markets, street food, trekking, festival and fireworks. Arranged the trip myself using Tripadvisor,, The fork and Getyourguide for reviews and help.

Catania – City break, start of trip, good to meander, tourist attractions, great fish market and local food

Started in Catania due to flight landing early evening and not wanting to have to drive straight from plane. Booked taxi with Rideaways so no faffing at the airport, approx. 20 mins to our hotel. A good choice, Catania is a lovely city and easy to explore. Enough to do to spend a couple of days. We wandered when we arrived, obviously having a #weestop and had already booked a restaurant that was rated highly on TripAdvisor – Osteria Antica Marina. It was in the famous fish market; food was fairly decent and service was sufficient. Hotel (Le Suites del Duomo) was fab location overlooking the Duomo Square, we could watch from our window as the music and dancing transcended. Next day was tourist time with the Petite Train to get our bearings.

Worked well as nice breeze whilst listening to the multi-language commentary. Had a slow meander up to the Giardino Bella, beautiful gardens, didn’t disappoint and nice and cool. Had some Sicilian delights from Arancini to street food snacks with our aperitifs #weestop. Climbed the Sant’Agata church for views over the Duomo and Catania, cost was €5. Tonight was a more bustling dinner at L’Iska, again in the fish market with great food and friendly service.

Final stop of the night was gelato, eaten by the Elephant in the main square and a quick country dance to fit in with the locals (possibly other tourists!) then off to bed.

Next morning quick coffee and pastry for breakfast then back to the airport to pick up a hire car. OMG that was mental! Had to take a number and wait your turn … even if you had already booked online! A good 90 mins later we were on our way … read my next blog on Gardini Naxos for next instalment.

• Cheap tip – petit train for €5 to get your bearings and cool ride

• Extravagant tip – drink or granita in the Cafe Universita watching the world go by overlooking the Duomo Square – great #weestop

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