A very lively spot in the heart of Catania, Sicily. Although not nearly as large as the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, the Catania fish market is a full sensory experience...the tell-tale smells hit you before turning the corner, the lively banter between fishermen and shoppers, the colorful assortment, and even the mucky reminder not to wear open toed sandals. I recently read that some changes (related to licensing and health codes) were happening at the market and was curious to see the impact of those changes. There was one area that seemed a little more empty than before, but I was very relieved to see that overall it is still full of life and character. While wandering through the market yesterday, I was reminded of a great podcast on Amateur Travel (thanks, Emily). Madeline's description of Sicily as a place of raw intensity and authenticty seemed very fitting for the fish market. Have I mentioned yet that Sicily has some of the most amazing seafood we have ever eaten?
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