While the rest of my family got to enjoy Sicily for about a week, I joined in the party a bit late, so my few days there were spent mainly in Catania. If you want a dose of real southern Sicilian living, I recommend diving into the culture here!
catania italy church + dinner
The fish market near the main piazza was a sight to see! (I of course didn’t have my camera with me to capture it.) and we ate tons of fresh seafood for dinner both nights. My favorite was the spaghetti with clams. My father was more adventurous with his dish (on the right). The best part, though, was the evening light filtering into the square, drenching the church, and settling on us during dinner before disappearing. Can’t you just feel the warm glow? 
Of course, after dinner I had to treat myself to my first gelato, and I chose the gelateria based completely on the fascinating ceiling. Looks like something Kelly Wearstler would approve of, no?

The next day was all about sightseeing, since it was Sunday and nothing was open. We roamed through the little town and found buildings old and new… all beautiful! 
catania italy buildings
We mused at how Italians always look so chic and cool, even in the middle of the heat, so we all practiced putting on our best faces to fit in. This is my “Oh, what, this gorgeous centuries-old church? Nothing I haven’t seen before. Ho hum.” face. What do you think?
rizzoti catania italy
I was so bummed when we passed Rizzotti and Zara Home and neither were open. Sundays in Europe! Ugh!! The best I could do was snap a few window shopping photos for you.
At the end of the afternoon we ended up in this big park that was wonderfully shaded and quiet… a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the city for a bit before packing up and leaving the next day for more adventures (tomorrow, tomorrow!).

ps – the b&b we stayed at in catania is called BAD, but don’t let the name scare you. its decor was slightly hipster meets old world italy, we had our own private patio and kitchen, and the owners were wonderfully helpful! we also dined two nights in a row at the osteria antica sicilia, we loved it (and our waiter, paulo) so much. 

*photography by coco+kelley.

18 responses on “TRAVEL DIARY: CATANIA

  1. Naomi@DesignManifest

    Great pics, so jealous of the trip, but mostly I’m just loving on your new bangs! I’ve been slowing cutting my side swept ones shorter and shorter. It’s such a great summer look 🙂

  2. chiara

    I can’t believe I have never been in Catania…
    Stores closed on Sun are a bit of a disappointment for me too. But then I think – well, they too have the right to enjoy their families and the warm weather…

  3. Miz.November

    I’m loving getting to eavesdrop on your travels. Also, I love the bangs on you and the nude lips. I’ve been doing a lot of the nude lip lately.

  4. cassandra @ coco kelley

    loving all your wonderful comments! and thanks for not making me feel like a crazy fool for my ‘sophisticated italian’ face 😉 xo

  5. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    I love that ceiling. Very KW as you said. Lovely photos. Keep ’em comin’.

    A Collection of Passions

  6. Amy

    Beautiful photos of your holiday. I was lucky enough to go to Italy last year but only for a short time. Looking at these has just made me yearn to return to Italia and to explore Sicily.


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Cassandra LaValle is the founder and editor-in-chief of coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle.

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