Via Etnea

Via Etnea, Katanija - Komentari

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Heiko L
Amsterdam, Holandija143 contributions
car free (mostly) walk through the centre
okt 2020.
This street is mostly car free. At least no normal traffic. Every evening people are flocking down that street to see and be seen. Nice walk among the many shops and old, grand buildings.
Written 5. novembar 2020.
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Ana L
Navan, Irska2.682 contributions
Nicest buildings in Catania
okt 2020.
This street was created with an eruption. The nicest buildings in Catania are located along Via Etnea. Also, plenty of shops and places to eat.
Written 13. oktobar 2020.
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DinglishGirl
Oxford, UK9 contributions
Plenty of shops with a gorgeous volcanic view!
sep 2020.
We enjoyed looking around the many shops on offer down Via Etnea. The street also has plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars too.
Written 16. septembar 2020.
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Vadim
Murmansk, Rusija20.304 contributions
It was created by an earthquake.
jul 2019.
The name of the main street of Catania is very different from other cities in Italy, where it is usually Corso Vittorio Emanuele or via Garibaldi. However, with all due respect to Garibaldi, Etna was more important to Catania. It was both a nurse (the volcanic soil is the most fertile) and a killer, as in 1693, when a volcanic eruption led to the death of 2/3 of the inhabitants of Catania. Paradoxically, it was this eruption that gave rise to via Etnea. Medieval cities with their chaotic buildings didn`t know such wide streets like this street. Either the local Baron Osman, or Mussolini, or an earthquake could demolish private homes and pave wide avenues. The idea to build wide perpendicular streets belongs to the Duke of Camastra, who was sent on a mission to reconstruct Catania destroyed by an earthquake on January 11, 1693. Along the main street leading to the terrible Etna, 7 churches and palaces of the city's nobles were built. The procession honoring the patron Saint of Catania, St. Agatha, starts from the Church of Sant'agata al Borgo, and ends in the Cathedral of Her name. Many of the buildings here were designed by the chief architect of Catania Vaccarini. Vaccarini owns the authorship of the facade of the Cathedral. Moving further North, we come to The University square. Vaccarini designed here the Palace of San Giuliano and the courtyard of the University opposite. There are interesting sculptural groups on the square. The first group is about the Pia brothers who escaped during the eruption of Etna. They successfully overtook the lava, but their parents started to fall behind. They put them on their shoulders. The lava began to catch up with them, but did not engulf them, but split into two arms and rounded them, paying tribute to their loyalty. Another column is dedicated to the legend of the paladin Uzet, who defeated the Saracen giant Ursini, after whom the castle of Catania is named. The third pillar is dedicated to the legendary fisherman Colapse. The Emperor Frederick tested the Sicilian ichthyander's ability to find treasures under water. During the third test Colapse saw that Sicily stands on three pillars, one of which is quite worn out. He stood up like an Atlantean instead of a pillar. The fourth column is dedicated to a girl named Gammazita, who saved her honor in a confrontation with a French soldier by throwing herself into a well. moving further to Etna on the left side you will see an unusual Basilica della Collegata with a concave Baroque facade. The 3-kilometer via Etnea ended earlier at Piazza Stesicoro. The city gate of Catania was located here. A monument to the local composer Bellini adorns the square. The entrance to Villa Bellini is located further along the road. Moving further towards Etna, you will see the Botanical garden and the Church of Sant'Agata al Borgo, where the procession dedicated to Saint Agatha begins. This is a local via Dolorosa only dedicated not to Christ, but to Agatha. Along the way, the procession will visit the Church of Sant'agata la Vetere where St. Agata tied a shoelace on the way to prison, the Church of Sant'Agata al Carcere, where Agata was imprisoned and the Church of Sant'Agata alla Fornace, where according to legend the Saint was tortured with hot coals. However, this path does not follow via Etnea. The way along via Etnea is a visit to many (about 100) restaurants, cafes and bars. However I was under the impression that the locals prefer the restaurants around the castle of the Ursini.
Written 14. mart 2020.
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elia452
Sofija, Bugarska39 contributions
A long street
dec 2019. • Prijatelji
It is a street with lots of shops for clothes, several restaurants and coffee bars. At one end of the street is mountain Etna, at the other end is the fish market and the port. Strangely, I didn't see supermarkets anywhere during my walks..
Written 7. januar 2020.
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italija2.771 contribution
Catania 🇮🇹
jan 2020. • Porodično
Beautiful Catania, the second bigger city of the Sicily island, there are a lot of attractions, via Etnea is the main street.
Written 1. januar 2020.
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saronic
Cirih, Švajcarska18.848 contributions
Catania's most famous street
maj 2019.
It is hard to visit Catania without regularly walking parts of this street, either by day or night. Created during the years of Catania's reconstruction after the devastating earthquake of 1693 it goes from the Porta Uzeda at the Piazza del Duomo in a northerly direction - towards the still far away Mount Etna - for about 3 kilometers.

The part of interest to the tourists is the mostly pedestrianized stretch in the south, past the Piazza della Università and the Piazza Stesicoro towards the Giardino Bellini. There are many shops of every kind here, als cafés and snack bars, while the more interesting eating place are found in sidestreets to the left and right.
Written 30. decembar 2019.
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MJH1
Bedfordshire, UK4.378 contributions
Take it or leave it
sep 2019.
Our hotel was on the via etnea so we walked up the street most days
I guess it’s like the main shopping thoroughfare in Catania
Not that many high end shops though - didn’t really find anything like that to be honest in the town
Written 11. novembar 2019.
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Dan M
Tel Aviv, Izrael14.377 contributions
Not really a top spot
avg 2019.
Not really like the other famous avenues elsewhere in Italy, nor Corso Umberto in close Taormina, nor even Corso Vittorio Emanuele in Noto.
But since you are in Catania and the city and its architecture is interesting, not much of a choice.
So as long as you are there you'll probably walk around and why not stop for an ice cream or even better a Granitta (which I recommend pistachio, coffee or almond0
Written 1. oktobar 2019.
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Margaret M
97 contributions
A little disappointing
sep 2019.
The main shopping street is long but there are a lot of empty units and in places it’s quite rundown. Many of the shops failed to inspire me and those that did were expensive. Disappointing.
Written 25. septembar 2019.
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