Bianca B&B and Apartments

Via Salvatore Tommaselli 43, Catania, 95124, Italy
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citybus catania

by khbnl

hi, I will visit catania in september 2009.
which bus/line will bring me from via etna to via pietra dell,ova -
via vittorio emanuele da bormidia?

Re: citybus catania

by Ina08

Try contacting the public transport company in Catania:

Or see if you can find the neighbourhood you want to travel from/to -> and then click on "Percorsi e orari" (routes and timetables)

Re: citybus catania

by khbnl

hi, ina o8, i have tried this amt side before.
my problem is, i don't know the main direction.
but thank you for answering.

Re: citybus catania

by Ina08

How about this:

look the place up in and find out what the area is
then check the various lines and see if they go in that direction

It takes some time. Alternatively try contacting the transport company through the mail address I provided.

Good luck

Travel Tips for Catania

Chioschi di Piazza Umberto (P.U. Kiosks)


One of my fondest memories of Catania is the ritual of the chiosco.

Catanesi stay out late enjoying their unparalleled nightlife, wandering the sultry backstreets in search of the perfect locale or that special bella/o. It's a hot town, and after a long night what a person really needs is a refreshing beverage - something to cool down the engine if you will - and after the bars close that something is found at the chioschi.

There are many of varying quality and renown scattered throughout the city. The most well-known and well-frequented are at Piazza Umberto, a bit outside the center. They're hard to miss - two brightly lit stands at opposite ends of the square manned by several quick talking young men (never saw a woman work one) surrounded by a gaggle of youths.

These kiosks are found almost exclusively in Catania. As far as I know there aren't any in Palermo and the ones in Rome don't have the same appeal. But the one's in Catania are NOT TO BE MISSED. The absolute classic best drink is the 'Mandarino al Limone'. What that is is a shot of orange syrup and a glass of selter, mixed with a whole squeezed lemon. IT IS DELICIOUS. There are technically two flavors. If you just say 'mandarino al limone per favore' you'll get the standard orange one. If you say 'mandarino verde' you get the green one. I prefer orange but green is a nice change sometimes.

According to your taste, their are MANY other flavors of syrup and variations on the general theme. Some of my favorites:

Tamarindo - for those of you familiar with American candy, this tastes like a glass of Sour Patch Kids. SO GOOD.

Orazata - I think the English word for this is Orgeat.

You can go really crazy and add Mente (mint) to the Orzata.

If you just get mint, consider adding a dash of Anise.

These seltzer drinks are not the only thing you can get - on cooler nights or earlier in the evening a lot of people get a Nutella shake. This is a total stomach bomb and they can easily be shared. Delish.

The regular assortment of beers and sodas is also available.

Museum of the Allied Invasion of Sicily


This is one of the best modern exhibits Italy has to offer, believe it or not. It is TRULY a must-see. One of the largest WWII museums in Europe, and shockingly well-done. Housed in 'Le Ciminiere' (literally, the Smokestacks), an abandoned factory on the coast, this completely modern exhibit covers the 33 day American/British invasion from its dramatic beginnings on the southern coast near Noto, through the taking of Palermo and Catania and finally to the Axis escape across the straights. Multimedia, photography, artifacts and audio bring the story to life. Also, as an American, the opportunity to see the story from the other side was a welcome and impressive experience.

I'm sorry I don't remember how good the English was on the many, many placards and whatnot - I was reading the Italian so I didn't pay attention. The guides are also very friendly and helpful and many speak some English.

Can you believe the American forces wore WOOL? In July in Sicily? Poor planning, guys.


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