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WHAT TO VISIT?
Well it it is a lot to see in Catania, behind every angle there is something amazing. Let`s have a look in my list of the places that I find obbligatory to visit: Castel Ursino – the castle is situated at the centre of the city, the interesting about it is that it was built close to the harbour and used as a lighthouse ( the harbour is situated 2.5 km away from the current location of the castle). One of the eruptions of the volcano of Etna have moved it. Piazza del Duomo – It feels like this square have captured the spirit of the whole city. You can see there the architectural beauty of the Cathedral Sant`Agata and the Elephant fountain.Dessy Ivanova
Aidone was an Arabic village, back in the X century, than conquered and refounded by Normans. It’s built un on a hill, and in the highest point there are still the ruins of the Norman castle . What is important to say about this town is that is nice to visit in all his corners. There are a lot of ancient and beautiful churches, such as the church of Saint Vincent Ferreri, but known by everyone in the town as the Saint Dominic church. It’s now deconsecrated, so visible just from the outside, that is outstanding. The decoration of the façade is pretty unique, it looks covered in stones shaped as points of diamonds. The church overlook a small piazza, that’s adorable, with one of the best view of the town. In effect Aidone is also called “The Balcony of Sicily” because it is possible to enjoy an incredible view from all the points of the town facing east. What you will see is all the Catania’s plain, with mount Etna (Sicilia’s volcano) and, in clear days, also the sea at the horizon . The best perspective of this “Belvedere” is along the public garden, the green part of the town, close to car traffic during summer. Just walking it’s possible to explore all the town, that reserves interesting surprises to anyone who is willing to venture out to the touristic itinerary. A place to which I am particularly fond, it’s a quite e nice corner pretty hidden. It’s just near the ruins of a church, Saint Michel, and the presence of few trees and a bench make the perfect place for meditating or reading a book. All again with the beautiful view of the landscape. In the center of Aidone there is the main square, Filippo Cordova’s, where you can find the almost all the Bar and the old men of the town playing card games in the morning, and the main pub and all the young people in the evenings.The Rovers Curly
A (Totally Brief ) History Lesson
Mount Etna, the most major currently active volcano in Europe acts as a beautiful backdrop for the city. Tragedy struck in 1669 when Etna violently erupted and engulfed the entire city in molten lava. But from the ashes, arose the monumental city that stands today, and I mean literally! Much of Catania was rebuilt using the lava stone that rained on the city, and now it is the second largest city in Sicily. Catania flourished thanks to the fertile volcanic soil which has aided agriculture since Catania came under Roman reign, and has made growing fresh produce an influential trade in the area.Finlay May
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Aidone: a tiny jewel hidden in Sicily
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