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.


Castello Ursino


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. 


All the horse


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.


Ursino Square outdoor cinema


A very happening nightlife scene for a weekday night


5 thoughts

  1. Loved your post on Catania. We are staying there in a few weeks at an Airbnb – not sure if it’s the one you stayed in. Can you tel me the name of the bar and restaurant you went too?

    1. Hi – apologies, we’ve been travelling in Africa and the wifi hasn’t been great, so we’ve been a little slack on the blog front.

      This is probably too late to be useful, but just in case.. The restaurant we went to was Il borgo di federico and the bar with the stream was Agora wine bar. Not sure what the other bars were called, but they were all pretty close to that one.

      Hope you had/have a great trip.

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