Distance from Naples to Catania, Sicily: 227 Nautical Miles
Local Information: Catania, with a population of 300,000, is the second largest metropolitan area in Sicily. The city, located on the east coast of the island, lies at the foot of Mt. Etna, the largest volcano in Europe. The Piazza del Duomo, in the city center, is home to the symbol of the city, the Fountain of the Elephant. This statue was constructed in 1736 from lava and an ancient Egyptian obelisk.
Catania and Mt. Etna from the Reflection
Today we plan to explore Catania as most of the tours are to Taormina and we have been there previously. We walked from the Port to the City Center passing by many shops until we got to the Cathedral Square.
A Square and Fountain
Piazza dell’Elefante – Town Symbol
Cathedral of Catania
We located a McDonalds but were unable to connect to their WiFi system. The washrooms, while not the best at McDonalds across Europe, were a welcome site.
Square near McDonalds – City Center
Finding neither WiFi or interesting sites along the way (next time we will stay on the ship), we returned to the ship and hand lunch on the back deck. Warm and nice – another Tuna and Cheese Panini Day. It just tasted better on the back deck especially with Mt. Etna looking on.
Lunch – Back Deck
From our window seat in the Opus Dining Room, we got a great shot of our sail away from Catania.
Had to finish dinner quickly as my first talk - “The CSI Phenomenon” - was scheduled for 8:00 PM in Celebrity Central. I got a shot of the TV screen previewing the talk (below).
For a first talk – especially in the evening, the talk had very good attendance – 100 plus.
Showtime: Neil Lockwood (Elton John cover) – former lead singer for ELO. Came late to the show due to my talk – Neil did a good job on the Elton John ballads.
Pedometer: 8,720 steps; 4.13 miles; 427 calories