Acqua e Fuoco

Gramsci 208, Catania, 95018, Italy
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Catania market to Auchan La Rena and then to airport

by charmy25

How much would a taxi cost from Catania street market to La Rena Auchan and then to Fontanarossa airport? And are there other transport options?

Re: Catania market to Auchan La Rena and then to airport

by mccalpin

Not sure how many answers you'll get, so let me pop in...

By street market, do you mean the "La Fiera di Catania (local dialect: 'A Fera o' Luni')?". This street market appears to be at Piazza Carlo Alberto, not too far from Piazza Stesicoro (200-300 meters). I say this because the airport bus has a stop at Piazza Stesicoro, in case you want to go to or from the airport from this location. See http://www.aeroporto.catania.it/page.php?cPath=0_12_20&id_page=36 for information on the Alibus.

Now, as for this other place, you're talking about the area near the intersection of Via San Giuseppe La Rena and Via Priolo, right? This location is very close to the airport (less than 2 kilometers) so a taxi from here to the airport or vice versa ought to be quite cheap.

Hmmmn, I've been looking at the city's public transport website (www.amt.ct.it - only in Italian, I think). It seems that bus 457 runs from the airport past Auchan to the city center. The bus line runs right through Piazza Stesicoro and there is very likely a stop there or nearby. The bus sort of circles around the city (and around the market), but there should be several stops that would not entail a long walk.

My only question is the nearest stop to Auchan. I can't open the schedules at the moment, which I hope gives the stops...maybe you can try later - see http://www.amt.ct.it/percorsi/librettoferiale.pdf
But I have to assume that when you board the bus, you can ask the driver where to get off, whether near the market or at Auchan. If you don't speak Italian, it always helps to have your desired addresses written down.

Bill

Travel Tips for Catania

Sicilian fast food

by rsilva

If you go to Italy, you must forget about eating at fast food "restaurant" chains like McDonalds.
If you visit Siciliy, it is almost a crime to eat at a fast food "restaurant".

The reason for this is that food gets better, the further South you go, the better the food (not only my opinion, even Italians from the North seem to agree). Catania is obviously no exception. I can understand that sometimes you don't feel like sitting down at a Restaurant or maybe you are just on a tight budget, but that is no excuse!

All around Catania are the so called "tavola calda" which literally means "warm table" and they serve all kinds of food/snacks. My personal favorite is the "arancino" , which is a pear-shaped, orange (hence the name, "little orange") ball of rice, minced meat, cheese and peas or you can get the vegetarian version with spinach. It is delicious and not much more expensive than a hamburger, of course you cannot compare the two when it comes to taste... It is typical from Catania.

Otherwise, you can get a pizza slice, which is usually good or a pizzetta (miniature pizza) or calzone (miniature calzone).

All these things are quite cheap, so for 4-5 Euros you can have a delicious snack/meal.

The only problem is that you will miss this when you go back home.

Via Crociferi

by ICBT

Via Crociferi is a tiny street parallel to Via Etnea to the west. While Piazza Duomo is the center of the city's civic power, Via Crociferi is the center of its religious power. Church is stacked upon church, all in the grand baroque style. I believe there are 9 churches within 200 yards of each other, something like that.

Although Via Crociferi is parallel, it is much higher up than Via Etnea due to the ancient lava flow it's built upon. It's accessed from the extremely steep Via San Giuliano or by stairs.

Unfortunately it is rare to find one of the churches open to the public. I don't know why.

Connecting the Via to the streets below is a wide staircase that is lined with pubs. This is "Nevsky", so-called after the pub of the same name which attracts the most socialist oriented crowd in town. This is one of THE night spots in Catania, by the way, and Via Crociferi at night, isolated above the crowd, is where most of the zone's drug deals go down.

This mixture of the sacred and the profane has always fascinated me.

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