For an absorbing insight into Sicilian life, it’s hard to beat half an hour’s people-watching at the pescheria
in Catania, the ancient port city on the island’s east coast. The fishermen set up shop in an 18th-century sunken piazza from 7am, so it pays to arrive early if you want to bag a prized spot on the upper balustrade. There’s an unashamedly male atmosphere, with rubber-booted traders, sometimes in oilskins, often firmly attached to mobile phones. It’s also a place of continuous motion, an earthy din and a decidedly fishy aroma. Stocks are replenished from large blue buckets, scooped out with a net like an adapted lacrosse stick. All in all, it’s quite an experience.
Enjoy the spectacle on our rail journey, Baroque Riches of Sicily
, or by adding Catania
to any of our Sicilian holidays.