The city is known for its traditional Sicilian food, bustling markets, and famous volcano. But it’s also a clusterfuck of weird and mind-blowing stuff. I present to you a small collection of the stranger phenomena I observed in Catania.
- Guys think they’re cool for driving Smartcars. Maybe this is just my American ignorance leading me to believe that all men must compensate for their tiny you-know-whats by driving Hummers with the license plate GUNLUVR, but it seems to me that a Smartcar is not exactly the right venue for playing loud rap music and picking up chicks. Catanese men would beg to differ.
- Giant chunks of meat are everywhere. You’ll glance through a door on the outskirts of town and see an entire cow haunch with a machete sticking out of it just sitting unsupervised on a table with half of a marlin next to it. Is someone going to refrigerate this? Is some sort of Sicilian Thanksgiving feast about to happen? Did I just miss a ritual sacrifice? Nothing is apparent.
- The Mona Lisa is male here. This is according to a painting I saw in the Museum of the City at Ursino Castle, in which Mona Lisa stands, genitalia exposed, on a brothel’s card table, surrounded by pigs and birds dressed in maid outfits. Ahh, modern art.