Ciao a tutti,
Having been to Cataina several times now (it`s only an hour`s bus-ride away from my temporary home in Siracusa), I`ve been dying to try to capture the unique city`s energy and history.
Now a lively university town, Catania follows a very interesting history because of its close-proximity to Mount Etna, currently one of Europe`s most active volcanoes and one of the largest volcanoes in the world.
In fact, since it`s earliest beginnings in the 8th century BC, Catania has been the victim of many eruptions and earthquakes, the most recent of which in 1669 where the entire city was destroyed. As a result, the city was rebuilt in the most popular architectural fashion of the time. Today, the city is characterized by its Baroque-style architecture featuring wide streets and piazzas (squares), cathedrals, churches and university buildings. Much of the city is literally constructed from the lava that once poured from the mountain and engulfed the city so many centuries ago.
Kinda like a cool circle of life situation, don`t you think?
Today, Catania is Sicily`s second-largest city and is probably one of the most interesting cities I`ve ever seen. I`ll get more day-time pictures as soon as I can, for now!