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Her gaze dims as her nostalgia for Palermo overcomes her. Those smells of seaweed dried by the sun, of capers, of ripe figs, she will never find them anywhere else; those burnt and scented shores, those waves slowly breaking, jasmine petals flaking in the sun.
– Dacia Maraini, The Silent Duchess

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A Few Days In

A Taste of Catania, Sicily

by Erica Firpo

View Slideshow Lava stone elephant in Duomo Square.
A view of the lava stone elephant, Catania’s city symbol, in Duomo Square. Photo by Erica Fripo.

Sweet and filling. Light and daring. Deep-fried, frozen, and whipped into a frenzy. That's just a taste of Catania according to Erica Firpo, Fathom's Rome-based contributing editor.

CATANIA, Sicily – For years, Sicily has been my happy place. Just thinking about its salty water (a perfect turquoise and sea-foam blue) can calm me during the mean reds of winter. Only an hour plane ride from Rome, most of my trips to God's Kitchen have been a decisive dedication to beach towns and local food — fresh sea urchin on the beaches of Cefalu, oysters at the fish market in Ortigia, and pannelle in Model. I thought I'd change perspective with a few days in and around Catania.

DINING, HIKING, AND SIGHTSEEING

See the many sides of Catania. (Slideshow)

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BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE

A Getaway to Sicily's Seaside Towns of Trapani and Erice
The Off-Season Charm of Palermo, Sicily
Of Mythology and Fertility in Sicily

Erica is a freelance writer based in Rome. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. She travels for the whole new head space.

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