Situated in a historic piazza next to the “Pescheria”, the fish market where local fishermen sell the previous night’s catch, a market in arabic style in the historical centre of Catania. The cathedral (“il Duomo”) is just round the corner and the ruins of the “roman baths dell’Indirizzo”, and the church of the same name are right opposite the hostel.
The building in which the hostel dates back to the early 1800′s and the rooms have “royal” vaulted ceilings and antique decorated tiled floors.
The rooms, each roughly 20 sq.m., are furnished with bunk beds and individual lockers. Two rooms on the ground floor are designed for the disabled and they are the only PRIVATE rooms, a double and a twin room, they both share the same big bathroom.
The ground floor, with its “royal” vaulted ceilings and lava-block columns, is an area for relaxing with ethnic music, a dining area with a fully equipped kitchen where the guests can cook their own food.
There’s a washing machine, and separate comunal bathrooms for men and women with several shower cubicles, washbasins and toilets. Satellite TV, an international phone and an internet point are available from the hostel.
In another section of the building on the ground floor there is a typical restaurant, an exciting cocktail bar, and underground we host a unique wine bar famous for having a high quality service, from the cellar a door leads into a natural lavic cave through which a stream from the l’Amenano flows.
The restaurant, bar, and wine bar are open to the locals too and the djset lounge and concerts are a must for Catania. In the summer time the tables are in the square and it seems that the time stops with the breeze of the desert or the passage of the train, the music goes on. The hostel is open 24 hours. There is no curfew or lock-out, and usually the party starts and ends here.
The first of the three itineraries recomended to tourist leads, across the famous plain to Catania, to Caltagirone country of the most typical of sicilian crafts, ceramics. The second itinerary, leading to the sea, crosses two distinct and very different parts of the Catania Bay and the contrast it offers are typical of the natural beauty of Catania region. To the south stretches a dazzling and boundless beach, La Plaja, which the simeto river fills with golden sand. To the north, the Riviera of the Cyclopes, with its cliffs of dark lava, offers incomparable beauty.
The last itinerary leads to the Etna, Our Mountain, as the Catanese like to call it. This, the most important Volcano in Europe, has two characteristics wich make it unique both as a tourist centre and as a resort. First, the interest it holds as a volcano which attracts not only scientist from all over the world desirous of studing the history of its eruptions over thousand years in its huge crater and on its corroted slopes, but also tourist who love exitements and new sensation.
Secondly the attraction it offers as a winter resort, since Etna is one of the most interesting and original region in the Mediterranean for winter sports, with is maximum altitude of 3.335 meters, sky slope, dense woods, panoramic landscape (where wath is ugly is at the same time Beautiful) and excellent holte organization offering confort on the two slopes, the Nicolosi and the Linguaglossa one with important and modern ski-lifts facilities. Itsslopes are full of countless othercentres, all equally touristically interesting, among which: Trecastagni, Zafferana, Adrano, Randazzo and Ragalna. In the south, Vizzini, at 60 Km far fromCatania, i sone of the most importantstages of the Verghiano itinerary.
Interesting stages of a tourist itinerary towards Taormina are : Acitrezza, with the Faraglioni and the Lachea Island, Acicastello, Famous seaside resort, dominated by the scenic straight down the sea castle, and Acireale, at 15 Km far from Catania, harmonious village in its Baroque architecture and seat of an important thermal centre of Sicilian Region. Every year, here it “the most beautiful Carnival in Sicily” takes.