Sicily Road Trip Day 1 – Catania
There is no better introduction to Sicilian culture and food than the city of Catania located in the east of the island. When you arrive into airport, grab the keys for your car rental Catania from inside the terminal building and take the 20-minute drive down into the city. While the town isn’t short on hotels, you won’t be disappointed with a stay at the Il Principe Hotel. Located on the intersection between Via Crociferi and Via Etnea, this elegant property has recently been renovated and has gorgeous suites available. Il Principe Hotel is often voted the best accommodation in Sicily.
Hit the streets to explore Sicily’s second largest city. If it’s your first time in Catania, we recommend spending the afternoon seeing three different things. Wander down to the Piazza Duomo, a spectacular square flanked by towering Baroque architecture built in the 18th century. In the center, you’ll find the Elephant Fountain. Nearby the Piazza is Catania’s fish market. Walking through the market will help you gain a deeper understanding of Sicilian food and culture. Lastly, if time permits, visit the 2nd century AD Roman theater which was only discovered in the 20th century.
Almost every restaurant in Catania is good, but for homemade fare, try Al Tortellino, considered by locals to be one of the best in town. Here, you can expect buffalo mozzarella penne, and eggplant tagliatelle, as well wood oven pizzas.