The fish market in Catania Sicily
Buildings, balconies, Baroque churches, the contrast of the magnificent white limestone and the black lava stone, Catania is not only this, walking through the streets of redundant life here we ran into the heart of the city : “A Piscaria” the magnificent and folkloristic fish market in Catania, a triumph of colors, scents, shouts of the fishermen who are competing with each other to see who has the loudest voice to call citizens to enjoy their catch of the day; characterized by open mouths, eyes bright and viscous, classic sign of freshness.
So here’s to you, prawns, squid, cuttlefishes, sea bream, anchovies, red mullet, St. Peter’s fish, scorpion fish, and so on and so forth!
Well here the catch of the day is always in abundance, and here’s the rush of tourists ready to take pictures of the biggest fish, or of the most skilled fisherman who with great ironic ability manages to draw attention to himself in the first place and its wonderful fish then.
And suddenly here comes the ever more pressing for young boys with their hands full of bunches of parsley, who attempt to sell it and there they were approaching you and insisting “Signorina u voli un mazzu i prezzemolo” ( Miss, take some parsley!) and also “u taliassi é bello ci consa u pisci” (look at it is beautiful, you can use it for fish).
Also, you should look at any other point in the market and enjoy a wonderful show in plain view of brightly colored fruit, not only beautiful to look at but delicious to taste as well, due to it’s origin “Etna”; thanks to it’s fertile lava soil it produces fruits comparable to those eaten by the gods of Ancient Greece: like strawberries, apples from Etna, prickly pears, cherries, apricots, melons, oranges.
Only those who have had the pleasure of tasting them may understand the value and delicacy.
This and much more within walking distance from the B & B Globetrotter Catania.