A 30 minuti dal Residence AURORA VIEW
30 minutes from the Residence AURORA VIEW
A city full of surprises, born from the sea and forged by lava, it is pleasant and ideal for a days break between its baroque beauties (Unesco partimiio), Roman and the picturesque markets that surround it. A jewel of inestimable value, which will be difficult to forget.
Città ricca di sorprese, nata dal mare e forgiata dalla lava, è piacevole e ideale per un giorni di pausa tra le sue bellezze barocche (partimonio Unesco), romane e i mercati pittoreschi che la circondano. Un gioiello di inestimabile valore, che sarà difficile dimenticare.
Via ETNEA,The shopping street
Today, so walking the Via Etnea, appropriately repaved in lava stone, means both to immerse yourself in the baroque splendor of a city conceived in a homogeneous way, and to take note of its historical evolution. The Via Etnea, as well, is also a showcase that reflects the various souls of Catania, via Baroque, nineteenth-century, liberty and contemporary. A street symbol of an active, young Catania, ready to socialize and open up to modernity, but also to Catania that counts, of the palaces still owned by noble people from Catania. A street where historical pastry shops alternate with designer boutiques, or are replaced by them (the changes in use on the Via Etnea would require a book).
The pedestrian area, total from Piazza del Duomo to the Quattro Canti and then partially to Villa Bellini, facilitates walking and shopping. And for this reason, from the elderly Catania to the family with children, from university students to African immigrants, from daily tourists to the devotees of Sant’Agata who invade it during the February processions, there is always a good reason to find yourself on Via Etnea , the center of gravity of the city’s geography.
Villa Bellini, made of decorated gardens and fountains, is perfect for relaxing and taking a break to recover the energies, perhaps rewinding arancini. In fact, just cross the road and enter the historic Pasticceria Savia to taste the delicious arancini typical, the best of Catania according to many.
Castello Ursino rises in Piazza Federico di Svevia and has a history of about 800 years. It was built as a defensive fortress by the emperor Federico, located on a promontory overlooking the sea. However, in 1669 the eruption of Etna allowed the lava to cover the area around the castle, without causing damage to the building, but moving the coastline. It is for this reason that now Castello Ursino, which houses the Civic Museum of Catania, no longer gives onto the Ionian Sea.
The Roman Theater dates back to the 2nd century AD and is said to have been built on a structure from the Greek era. Semicircular in shape, it was used for theatrical performances. The area of the orchestra is washed by the waters of the Amenano underground river which prevents its use for contemporary performances.
Nearby is the Odeon which in ancient times hosted dancing shows and is currently used for summer performances.
La Pescheria, an ancient fish market, is a tangle of voices, smells and colors. A continuous and frenetic movement, the shouts of the traders who invite tasting and the purchase of the freshly caught fish. This is the true soul of Baroque Catania.
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