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Top Choice Market in Catania

La Pescheria

Catania's raucous fish market, which takes over the streets behind Piazza del Duomo every workday morning, is street theatre at its most thrilling. Tables groan under the weight of decapitated swordfish, ruby-pink p…
Top Choice Sicilian in Catania

Mè Cumpari Turiddu

Old chandeliers, recycled furniture and vintage mirrors exude a nostalgic air at this quirky bistro-restaurant-providore, where tradition and modernity meet to impressive effect. Small producers and Slow Food sensib…
Top Choice Bar in Catania

Razmataz

Wines by the glass, draught and bottled beer and an ample cocktail list are offered at this delightful wine bar with tables invitingly spread out across the tree-shaded flagstones of a sweet backstreet square. It do…
Top Choice Theatre in Catania

Teatro Massimo Bellini

A few blocks northeast of the duomo, is Catania's dashing opera. Completed in 1890 and made for homegrown composer Vincenzo Bellini, the building's interiors are suitably lavish, from the stucco-and-marble extravaga…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Catania

Ritz

New-kid Ritz is a svelte, clued-up spot that takes its libations seriously. Divided into Aperitif, Anytime, Dinner, After Dinner and Long Drink & Muddle, cocktails are made with passion and precision, from punch…
Top Choice Church in Catania

Complesso Monumentale Monastero delle Benedettine

The Complesso Monumentale Monastero delle Benedettine covers three adjacent sites: a Benedictine convent, the Chiesa di San Benedetto and the Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia across the street. Top billing goes to t…
Top Choice Trattoria in Catania

Da Antonio

Humble yet quietly sophisticated, Da Antonio spoils food-lovers with well-priced, beautifully cooked food served by knowledgeable waitstaff. Despite having made inroads onto the tourist radar, it's still the kind of…
Top Choice Monument in Catania

Fontana dell'Elefante

Taking centre stage on Catania's showpiece Piazze del Duomo is the city's most memorable monument, the smiling Fontana dell'Elefante (Fountain of the Elephant; 1736). Made of lava stone and dating from the Roman per…
Square in Catania

Piazza del Duomo

A Unesco World Heritage Site, Catania's central piazza is a set piece of contrasting lava and limestone, surrounded by buildings in the unique local baroque style and crowned by the grand Cattedrale di Sant'Agata. A…
Trattoria in Catania

Trattoria di De Fiore

For over 50 years, septuagenarian chef Rosanna has been recreating her great-grandmother's recipes, including the best pasta alla Norma you'll taste anywhere in Sicily. Service can be excruciatingly slow, but for pa…