Catania Neighborhood

A short walk  – around a few blocks – reveals the uniqueness of Catania neighborhood. The architecture has the warm feel of the Mediterranean countries. It is July and the temperatures rise to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit by the middle of the day. Sicilians seem unaffected by it,  without the need to drink a lot of water. They wear black and not even sweat. I learned that it is natural as the body adjusts to higher temperatures, but it takes a long time. It will not be any easier for me since my stay on the island is short.



At noon doors and shutters close to keep the apartments cool. So do many stores. They will reopen after the worst heat has passed. Cafeterias stay open although if there are customers, they stay inside. They drink hot shots of espresso rather then frozen coffee drinks and there is wisdom in it. Hot drink will make you sweat therefore cooling your body.




7 thoughts on “Catania Neighborhood

  1. Catania sounds like a fascinating place. Here in southern Arizona we have hot summers with 100 degree plus temperatures throughout most of June… July… and August. Single digit humidity helps… but it is still hot. But as you say… people get used to it. I’ve been out here almost 40 years and I like it. I guess that means I am a bona fide desert rat.

    I like your images… and your narrative certainly adds to the moment.


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    1. Thank you so much 🙂 I have been in Arizona last year visiting Grand Canyon in May. Well, it snowed 😉 But I have been there before that and we had the weather you speak of 🙂 I also lived in Texas where the temperatures are comparable in the summer 🙂


  2. Beautiful images, Sonia. Looks like I’ll be visiting Catania soon. Looks like you’ve been in Nevada in the past. I see a photo from Rhyolite!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 Catania is certainly worth seeing and if you go, try the food. Sicilians cook wonderfully – light diet, lots of vegetables. And coffee, of course 🙂 Yes, I have been to Nevada twice and in Ryolite last year. That photo is actually by my sister – this was a trip especially for her 🙂


      1. My family comes from Fontanarosa, a small town about an hour NE of Naples. We plan on visiting in the next year or two and travel around Italy. Catania is now on our list, too! Thanks.

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