After a day at sea on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, we arrived at our first Italian port, Catania on Wednesday, Oct. 24th. Catania is located on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea. It’s population is about 750,000 people in the Metropolitan Area and is the second largest city in Sicily and tenth largest in Italy. It was founded in the 8th century BC, and has a history of seismic activity, with a major earthquake in 1169, again in 1693, and several volcanic eruptions from the neighboring Mount Etna. It has been and still is one of Italy’s most important cultural, artistic, and political centers until recently when it also became an important hub of the technological industry, gaining the nickname of the “European Silicon Valley”. Susy injected it’s also the center of the “Mafia” (not substantiated).
Here’s a look at the port from the ship:
The port sign:
As you may have guessed Susy is now in love with the little tourist trains. She pictures herself riding around all day with Teresa and Nicholas on these trains viewing the different ports. We no sooner got off the ship then we ran into one of those trains, so of course, off we went.
Here’s four or five street scenes I took as we rode around the city:
An old church:
Roman Amphitheater ruins (nothing compared to Pula):
The main Cathedral (look at the works of art):
We got off the train for a short time in the main plaza:
a look at the elephant up close:
Look at the art work on this church which I took up close:
A look at our train:
and Susy as we say good bye to “Elephant Square’:
Next stop Naples. We may not get off there, but I’ll let you know in the next post.
Love You All,
Gary (alias Gagu)