The amphitheater in Catania is located in the very center of the city, to the point that it is actually surrounded by busy streets and buildings. Built in the 2nd or 3rd century during the Roman Empire, the amphitheater offered sitting to fifteen thousand people. Now only a small section of the amphitheater is visible, … More Catania – Anfiteatro Romano
The most rewarding part of my trip to Catania were the interactions with the Roma children. I visited three different camps although there is probably more. I showed you the garbage dump camp in my last post. There we were asked not to photograph the people. The second camp was the biggest. Situated on the … More Catania – Roma Children
While walking on the streets of Catania I noticed a pair of pigeons drinking from the AC condensation pipe. In reality they were a far distance away from me. Notice how one watches over his or her mate 🙂 I cannot be sure who is who here. But smart birds, those pigeons! They found a reliable source … More Darling, Try This Water!
Continuing our trip through Catania I will take to a rather unusual place. My post today is more serious than usual because the issue that grips my heart is homelessness. On the other side of that coin is human resilience in face of great odds. The Roma people are doubly homeless – without the actual … More I Admire Resilience – Roma People in Catania / WPC
How fortunate that in our walk through the streets of Catania I have paid attention to doors and windows. My strolls were usually in the noon-ish hours of the day, so most doors were shut and shutters closed. Mid-day heat in July is something to be reckoned with so no wonder people were careful to … More Catania’s Doors
If you walk anywhere in Catania you will have a chance to see both “domesticated” and wild plants. Some of them you will easily recognize – maybe you even have them on your windowsill or in the garden. Others were growing in the “wild” by which I mean abandoned lots and roadside stretches of the … More Catania’s Nature
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 … More Catania Neighborhood
Open market in Catania is the place to look at and buy all kinds of food from the sea. Some species were unfamiliar and worth trying if you have the courage and a taste for the original. Sicily, similarly to Italy, is famous for its cheeses. I have never before seen such cute and funny … More Sicily – Market in Catania