'Da Clara' near the village of...
'Da Clara' near the village of Acicatena - difficult to find but very good; the owners are extremely pleasant people
its location, the prices and the friendly treatment start with the antipasti and proceed via Pasta alla Norma to the plate with various types of meat, including equine meat (carne di cavallo)
Monreale - The Cathedral
This beautiful Santa Maria la Nuova Cathedral is world famous for its mosaics in the interior. It is open from 9:00 to 1:00 all week and also from 3 to 7 in the afternoon from April to October only and you must go to see this beautiful cathedral if you are in Monreale.
Catania's first European Rugby adventure
"The English Perspective"
It is 2004 and Amatori Catania Rugby Club have qualified to play in the European Challenge Cup. The newly promoted club have been drawn to play Sale Sharks, one of the top teams in English club rugby.
As is our tradition, a group of us made arrangements to travel independently from cold, wet, north-west England to the bright sunshine of south-west Italy. As many as 50 fans travelled by different routes to support the team, drink some wine, eat some pasta, drink some more wine, and catch the sun.
"Arriving in Catania"
As we had flown to Palermo, on the other side of Sicily, we hired a car to take us across country. We spent an night in the northern seaside town of Cefalu, then drove via Enna to Catania.
The first impressions of Catania are not fantastic - the architecture is at first industrial and the traffic is chaotic. However, persevere and use your feet and you will find a great city.
"Rugby - what we came for"
The Amatori Rugby ground is located near the airport . As it is a city owned sports stadium, entrance was free, but there were people from the club there to welcome us. Indeed, the club president and Catania MP gave us free drinks, and we enjoyed the local pastries though we couldn't pronounce the names. Prior to the game we were invited on to the pitch to wave at local TV cameras for the news, and we were made to feel very welcome indeed.
The game proceeded, with the local fans and the visitors trading chants - "A-MA-TO-RI" and "SAAAALE".
The game reesulted in the expected win for Sale, but the locals had every reason to be proud of their team.