A Few Days In

A Taste of Catania, Sicily

by Erica Firpo
Lava A view of the lava stone elephant, Catania’s city symbol, in Duomo Square. Photo by Erica Fripo.

Sweet and filling. Light and daring. Deep-fried, frozen, and whipped into a frenzy. That's just a taste of Catania according to Erica Firpo, Popupla's Rome-based contributing editor.

CATANIA, Sicily – For years, Sicily has been my happy place. Just thinking about its salty water (a perfect turquoise and sea-foam blue) can calm me during the mean reds of winter. Only an hour plane ride from Rome, most of my trips to God's Kitchen have been a decisive dedication to beach towns and local food — fresh sea urchin on the beaches of Cefalu, oysters at the fish market in Ortigia, and pannelle in Model. I thought I'd change perspective with a few days in and around Catania.

DINING, HIKING, AND SIGHTSEEING

See the many sides of Catania. (Slideshow)

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