For some reason we didn’t really expect Catania to be worth visiting, so only decided to stay there one night before a short flight to Malta early the next morning. However, nothing could be further from the truth and we wish we had stayed longer.
We stayed at the coolest airbnb in the old part of the city, and our host leaves a heap of recommendations about where to eat and drink (as well as a bottle of red). We polish off the bottle of red, while playing monopoly and getting ready. Unfortunately we only manage to finish the red, I’m pretty sure no one has ever finished a game of monopoly.
After travelling all day, we could eat a horse, so that’s what we decide to do. Actually, horse is the local speciality, so we head to a restaurant in Ursino Square near the castle, and order a whole plate of horse goodness. After eating horse sausage, horse steak and pretty much everything else you can put horse in front of, we can confirm that it is delicious. In fact from now on we will never again pay any heed to people who complain that horse has been included in their meal instead of beef. These people should just be happy, they’re getting a much better deal.
While we’ve been eating the square outside has been transformed into an outdoor cinema. It looks super cool, but since we don’t speak Italian we decide to head to a bar recommended by our airbnb host which has an underground steam (yes you read that correctly, they have a bar with an underground stream). We expect to have to buy a drink to see the stream, but they seem quite content for us to just wander in, look and leave. So that is what we do, and instead head to another quieter bar where we can sit outside and drink. We have a sensible amount of drinks since we have an early start the next day. Our night in Catania was certainly not enough time, and it is definitely somewhere we’ll return to in the future.