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“Le Chicche” DAY TIPS from FEDERICO II Things you must do in Catania



Scuola Federico II, via Garibaldi 9

Piazza Duomo

Piazza dell’ Università

Piazza Teatro Massimo

Via Crociferi

Piazza Duomo

Piazza Duomo represents the heart of Catania and the place from which via Etnea, one of the most important streets, begins. On Piazza Duomo it is possible to see some important monuments: Saint Agatha’s Cathedral and The Clergymen’ Palace joined by porta Uzeda, the Amenano Fountain, the Elephants Palace, venue of the Municipality, and the Elephant fountain located in the center of the square.

Piazza dell’Università

The University Palace, hosting some institutions of the Catanese athenaeum (the ancient "Siculorum Gymnasium"), is the first remarkable building. Going North along via Etnea, one of the first churches is the Church of Collegiata. Again going North, at the crossing of via Sangiuliano with via Etnea, in the North-west corner, S. Demetrio Palace is another remarkable building.


Piazza Teatro Massimo Overlooking the homonymous square, it was opened on May 31st 1890 performing Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma. Via Crociferi Via Crociferi is a small street two hundred meters long. It begins from Piazza San Francesco, crosses the arch of San Benedetto, it hosts an impressive number of churches (four) if compared to its extension, and it ends at the entrance of Villa Cerami, today the venue of the Faculty of Jurisprudence. In via Crociferi the Baroque style reigns on all the architecture, not only in the churches but also in the buildings of the surrounding streets.

SUGGESTIONS ☺ In Piazza Teatro Massimo it is located one of the best ice cream parlours in Catania – Gelateria Quaranta – where you can have a pistachio ice cream cone, a brioche, or try different granita tastes. Some steps ahead there is La Chiave – the legendary discobar of via Landolina – the most famous meeting place where on Wednesdays beer is half the price! ☺

Scuola Federico II, via Garibaldi 9

Piazza Stesicoro

Piazza Carlo Alberto

Vico Santa Filomena

Via Umberto I

Villa Bellini, Public Gardens


Another point of central importance for the city, Piazza Stesicoro is located along via Etnea, near Piazza Università. Here are the ruins of a Greek-Roman amphitheatre, the eighteenth century Church of Sant’Agata alla Fornace, the Stock Market Palace, a monument to the catanese composer Vincenzo Bellini, and furthermore from Piazza Stesicoro Catania’s most famous market starts, the so called “Fera ‘o lune”. This famous open air market unravels in a grid of streets close to Piazza Carlo Alberto, and certainly it is one of the most characteristic zones in Catania. Near the market it is located also another outstanding street, via Umberto I, from which also vico Santa Filomena, a small alley full of original restaurants, bars and cafes, starts.



SUGGSTIONS ☺ • The “Fera ‘o lune” is a very colorful and pitoresque place: there it is possible to buy everything, from the products for the home to food and clothes. • In one of the two kiosks (Giammona and Vezzosi) in piazza Vittorio Emanuele it is possible to taste some typical drinks, really refreshing in the boiling hot Catanese summer, like the lemmon seltz, the green mandarin or orange selts. • After a refreshing walk under the trees, just in front of the Villa Bellini, in one of the most famous bars in Catania, Savia, it is possible to taste a hash house specialty (arancino, cipollina, pizzetta, etc.). Along via Umberto I, also another important and often crouded square is piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Again going from via Umberto I to via Etnea the entrance of the public gardens, Villa Bellini, a green space planned in the eighteenth century.

Bus station, Piazza Paolo Borsellino


534 Bus (last) stop, Aci Trezza



SUGGESTIONS ☺ In the central square you can taste one of the best ice creams at the bar “Onda del Castello”, while going down the stairs beginning from this square it is possible to take a bath in the sea or comfortably sunbathe laying down on the natural lava platform under the castle. CURIOSITY ☺ The Castle was on an island separate from earth by a sea arm. The Castle was joined to the earth by the lava coming from Etna which reached the island during the eruption of 1669.

Aci Castello The first village after leaving Catania going towards Messina is Aci Castello. The name of this site originates from both the Greek Mythology and the Medieval castle located on a high rock sheer on the sea. The suggestive castle today hosts a natural and anthropological museum and offers to the visitator a seascape extending from mount Etna to the rocky islands of Aci Trezza.

Aci Trezza The old seamen village made famous in literature by the Catanese writer Giovanni Verga’s novel “I Malavoglia” and in the movies by Luchino Visconti’s movie “La terra trema”, lies at some steps from Aci Castello. Aci Trezza is a locality where nature and culture are symbolically combined; besides being a place of literary evocation it is the place where hundreds of thousands years ago the volcano Etna originated. Its witnesses are the Lachea Island, the rocky islands, and the column basalt along the seaside. SUGGESTIONS ☺ Close to the small harcour of Aci Trezza it is possible to have a walk tasting a granita of the famous Eden bar or to do snorkeling swimming in its limpid and clear water. CURIOSITÀ ☺ • • •

The Lachea island hosts a natural museum, it is protected by Catania University because a particular endemic lizard species lives there. According to the Greek myth narrated in the Odyssey by Homer, the rocky islands were the enormous stones thrown by the Cyclope Polypheme who tried to kill Ulysses rushing off. All the localities with the name of Aci are linked to the ancient Greek myth of the love between Aci and the nymph Galatea. 

To go to Aci Castello or Aci Trezza take the bus (circa 30/40 minutes).

534 from Piazza Paolo Borsellino/Alcalà


Beach Club (Lido) Acicastello

Beach Club (Lido) La Scivola

La Scivola BEACH CLUB Aci Castello Lungomare Ciclopi (extension of Lungomare Scardamiano) Tel. +39 331 2350682


Structura on a 2000 sqare meters platform, 100 seasonal cabins, baby swimming pool, two solaria,towage slide,disabled cabin and service, nursery. The pizzeria, the bar, and the night events with the catering service are the flagships of Nuovo Lido Aci Castello.  La Scivola and Lido Aci Castello: circa 30 minutes by bus Borsellino (Alcalà).

534 from Piazza Paolo


Bus station, Piazza Paolo Borsellino (Alcalà)

La Cucaracha – Afrobar, Viale Kennedy 47

Le Capannine, Viale Kennedy 93

La Cucaracha –

La Playa zone

Afro Bar – Disco Cocktail Bar Viale Presidente Kennedy 47, Catania (CT)

Bamboo deck chairs, hammocks, palm trees and golden sand are the scene for this tropical oasis in Catania’s coast La Playa. A mix of essential ingredients in a real temple of amusement: good music, first class and excellent drink. To eat: exotic fruits skewers To drink: frozen drinks To listen: dance music  Afro Bar: circa 30 minuti in autobus

D” dalla Piazza Paolo Borsellino.

Le Capannine Viale Kennedy 93, Catania, Sicily, Italy +39 095 73 57 235,


To go to Le Capannine beach club you should take the bus D from Piazza Borsellino (Alcalà) and get down at the bus stop after Lido America.  Le Capannine: circa 30 minutes by bus “


D” from Piazza Paolo Borsellino (Alcalà).


Bus station, Piazza Paolo Borsellino (Alcalà), Catania

San Giovani Li Cuti

San Giovanni Li Cuti The black sand beach of San Giovanni Li Cuti is really special. Located under Ognina’s sea promenade, North of Catania, close to the most important street for fashion shops and bars (corso Italia). The main characteristics which make it unique in its kind is its black sand of volcanic origin, the limpid and very cold water, with deep seabed very close to the shore. Less crowded than La Playa, the main beach of the city, its wonderful sunsets and the athmosphere of its old village make it an intimate place especially at the sunset. Around the beach there are also many restaurants and ice cream parlors.

 Lido San Giovanni Li Cuti: circa 20 minutes by bus:

443 – from Central Station and,

830, 935 – from via Etnea, 534 – from Piazza Borsellino / Alcalà


The best ARANCINO It should be eaten from the pointed end or from the wide end?

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Pasticceria Savia: Via Etnea, 302/304 Via Umberto 2/4/6 Arancineria via Musumeci 90,

The arancino (in Sicilian arancina or arancinu) is a specialty of Sicilian gastronomy. It is a fried rice ball, with a diameter of 8-10 cm, filled with ragù (a rich sauce with tomato, minced meat, and vegetables), mozzarella and peas. In literature the police chief Montalbano, a character of Andrea Camilleri’s novels, is a well-known gourmet and contributed to make this specialty familiar also outside Italy with the book “Gli arancini di Montalbano”.

The best CIPOLLINA With fresh cheese inside!! One of the monuments of Sicilian rotisserie is the cipollina. Less prepared in the gastronomy of other places in Sicily, it is possible to find it in any bar or rotisserie in Catania.

• Pasticceria PRIVITERA 1/2, piazza S. M. Di Gesù • Caffè del Duomo, Piazza Duomo

Frittelle di neonata (Newborn pancakes) it is said when one wants to exalt the excellence and freshness of a fish-bsed dish: “it tastes like the sea” (“hannu ‘u sapuri ru mari”). And it is true, because these tiny fish, besides the flavor also have got that characteristic smell, that if well smellt with closed eyes makes you really feel on the sea shore. One of the typical Sicilian appetizers is the newborn (neonato). The frittelle di neonata (newborn pancakes), express at the top what

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Da Nuccio, Via Penninello, 34 Antica Marina, Via Pardo, 29


Le cozze gratinate (Mussels au gratin) Gratin mussel are a deliciuos seafood appetizer: the shell is stuffed with a good filling made by breadcrumbs, parmigiano cheese, and parsley, seasoned with the mussels’cooking liquid! • •

Da Nuccio, Via Penninello 34 Antica Marina, Via Pardo 29

Sicilian Mussels soup Without doubt, the Mussels soup (zuppa di cozze) is a typical dish from Naples. It is ideal to accompany this soup with hot toasted bread in order to taste better the sea flavor of this typical dish. • • •

Borgo Federico - Piazza Federico di Svevia 100, tel. 095 7232118 trattoria La Paglia, Piazza Pardo 23, tel. 095 346838 Da Nuccio, Via Penninello 34

I fasolari The fasolari can be coked as sautè (Sauté di fasolari), sauted in a pan without water or condiment, or can be used to prepare sweet smelling and light sauces for pasta (Linguine ai fasolari, Spaghetti ai fasolari), to enhance seafood soups or with other shellfish in delicious seafood balls.


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Serafino, via Musumeci 43 Antica Marina, Via Pardo 29


Octopus Salad The octopus salad (insalata di polpo) and seafood salads in general, are often in the appetizer section in Sicilian gastronomy. Actually, in the tradition of our gastronomy products made to tickle the appetite are almost absent. •

Borgo Federico - Piazza Federico di Svevia 100, tel. 095 7232118

The horse meat ball at the restaurant Borgo di Federico cookery tradition, from appetizers to desert, passing from very good starters and delicious mixed grill. Il ristorante propone inoltre gustose pizze. The specialty of this place is the grilled horse meat, typical of Catanese traditional gastronomy. The menu of the eating house Il Borgo di Federico privileges Sicilian coking specialties. It dedicates a special attention to the Catanese

Borgo Federico - Piazza Federico di Svevia 100, tel. 095 7232118

Cous cous at Agorà hostel Monday night The cuscus or cuscussù is a typical food from North Africa and Western Sicily, made by agglomerates of steamed semolina grains, having a diameter of a millimeter before cooking.


Breakfast with GRANITA


Agorà Hostel, Piazza Currò, 6, Catania


Today speaking about granita is like speaking about ice cream: their diffusion is global. Sicilian people, however, claim its invention. Sicilian granita or the similar sorbet are at the historical origins of their evolution into the ice cream, more compact and creamy. • • •

Caffè Europa, Corso Italia 302 / Via Etnea 246, Al Caprice Bar Pasticceria, Via Etnea 30. Eden bar, Aci Trezza

CANNOLI born as a joke. Inside it fresh ricotta, with dark chocolate drops.

• Pasticceria Savia: Via Etnea, 302/304 / Via Umberto 2/4/6 • Prestipino, Piazza Duomo • Caffè Duomo, Piazza Duomo The Sicilian cannolo, together with the Sicilian cassata, is the most representative desert of our Island, and it is typical of the Carnival because it seems to have been

Sicilian cassata

• Prestipino, Piazza Duomo • Caffè Duomo, Piazza Duomo Cassata, a product of Sicilian pastry making, is more specifically from Palermo, it deserves the

honor place among the typical deserts from our region; this cake was created to celebrate Easter after the Lenten sacrifices, then it began to be commonly consumed during the whole year. The richness of its ingredients mirrors the characteristics of Saracenic cookery, which loves harmonizing contrasting flavors, like the sponge-cake filled with ricotta kneaded with sugar, vanilla, chocolate pieces, candied fruit, and liqueur (preferably rosolio, rum or maraschino).


Ice cream nougat Typical Catanese nougat in the shape of an ice cream cake (from its shape it is called). Torrone is a desert specialty typical of different regions in Italy. It probably has Arabic origins and it was named after the Arabic word turun. •

Caffè Europa, Corso Italia 302 / Via Etnea 246,

Cassatella di Sant’Agata • Prestipino, Piazza Duomo These are small cassatas prepared by people from Palermo and Catania in the occasion of Saint Agatha’s holiday and symbolize the terrible martyrdom suffered by the Saint for having refused a proconsul and having remained faithful to God: the removal of her breast. Christian tradition suggests that Saint Peter visited Agatha before she died and healed her living her a new breast.

Seltz digestive), the zammù (water with anise). The seltz is the typical Catanese drink, famous all over the world, it is usually drunk when the weather is boiling hot as in Sicily, its ingredients are easy to find, it is very easy to prepare and it is certainly refreshing.

• Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, kiosks: Giammona and Vezzosi


According to an ancient tradition, many kiosks (ciospi o cioschi) serving drinks made with fruit syrups are disseminated in the city. In great demand is the lemmon seltz (squeezed lemmon, seltz and salt). Other popular drinks are the lemmon mandarin, the lemmon tamarind and baking soda (excellent


• Piazza Cavour / Borgo • Dusmet: in front of Porta Uzeda, Piazza Duomo


Mercati Generali - ELECTRO HOUSE MUSIC •

Strada Statale 417 km 69 - Catania tel. 095 571458

Mercati Generali is a disco where you can go to listen house music and dance.

 To go to Mercati Generali it is possible to go by taxi (distance: circa 14 km da Piazza Duomo)

Banacher - ‘70ies-‘80ies MUSIC Banacher is one of the more exclusive meeting places in Southern Italy. Lynchpin of Catanese and not only Catanese night life, in a unique atmosphere, it is set in lava rocks, dipped in the green of wonderful and rare tropical plants, located on the Cyclops riviera, overlooking the bay encompassing Lachea Island, Aci Trezza’s Faraglioni to the Castle of Aci Castello, it opens from June to September, from Tuesday to Sunday, and welcomes people of different ages who appreciate its fascinating mood, the quality of its music, its charming atmosphere and the warmth of its highly specialized staff.

 To go to Banacher it is possible to take the bus

534 or a taxi.



Located in Castello Ursino zone, MA opens both in summer and winter. During the winter the nights at MA begin at 22:00 with live music and various shows and performances. During the hot and intriguing summer season the night begins with delicious outdoor dinners. The disco MA (MA means Music Action) is a recently born place in the historical center of Catania.


On Friday night this is the most elegant and sophisticated place!


center it is possible to walk.

 To go to MA if you live in the city

The Greek Theater in Siracusa being almost completely excavated in the rock. The theatre was also used not only for the performances, but also for the popular assemblies, as in the ancient Greek customs. •

The Greek Theatre represents the greatest example of theatre architecture in Greek West. Its peculiarity is

Viale Paradiso – in the Archaeological Park of the Neapolis opens: from 09.00 to 18.00 everyday tel.: 0931/66206

 To go to Siracusa and visit the Greek Theatre ask for information at the School’s reception to organize a bus and your unforgettable tour!


If you want to take a tour outside Catania, go to Taormina, which is located at a one hour by car from Catania. There you can be delighted by its enchanting natural landscape, by its sea beauties and historical monuments. In Taormina first of all the Greek Theatre and Isola Bella – a small island very close to Taormina’s seashore – must be seen. During the night to have fun you can go to one of the numerous bars, for example the famous bar Turrisi in Castelmola - Taormina (original location and specialties of almond wine, excellent typical Sicilian cookery, panoramic view of Etna).


 To go to Taormina and visit the Greek Theater ask for information at the School’s reception to organize a bus and your unforgettable tour!



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