What a beautiful day, the rain stopped, the sun was shining, every one was up and about. The guide book said, Zaffarena, a little village at the bottom of Mt Etna provides opportunity for hiking. It would have been a perfect day to do just that, but the bus schedule was erratic, we didn't get to go. Instead we hung out in Catania around the Duomo area. After the big earthquake of 1693 that levelled Catania and much of the east, Catania was rebuilt in the baroque style. Baroque pallazzos and churches lined almost every street especially on Via Crociferi.
I wanted to see Palazzo Biscari, from the train I've seen it's gorgeous baroque facade. It is now a hotel but we couldn't find the entrance to get in to see it's interior. It was lunch time and we were hungry, so we went in search of food instead. One thing about Sicily, we don't eat anything other than seafood. It is an opportunity to gorge on seafood.
We found this great restaurant, we didn't know it was great, we just stumbled upon it. I ordered 'neonato' or baby fish, fried in a batter, very delicious.
After lunch we walked down Via Crociferi, a short street lined with beautiful baroque churches. We've been on it during our previous visit. Then we window shopped on Via Etenea, the main street in Catania.
It is time to say goodbye to Catania and to Sicily. I don't know when I'll be back again, soon I hope.
We got up at 3.30am the next morning to catch an early flight to Milan (stopover) and then onward to Paris.