About Christopher L
Lives in Sundby, Denmark
Since Mar 2010
25-34 year old male
I like to experience countries from a local point of view: couchsurfing, local advise or mingling with locals in other ways. I don't live in one place and I move constantly which has made my travel style quite relaxed and laid back as I am used to changing environments and cultures. I am a native to Denmark but I have lived two years on/off in the US (San Fracisco), which is one of my favorite cities! I moved to The Netherlands (Breda) to study, and continued to Italy to do an exchange program and write my thesis, and India for work. I am a frequent visitor to all the four countries. Some of my favorite cities include: Copenhagen (Denmark) because it is relaxed, open and friendly. Bologna (Italy) for its sublime food and always dynamic ambience. Mumbai (India) for all its craziness. Breda (the Netherlands) for its student vibe, pub culture and night life. San Francisco US) because of its liberal views and caring people. Jaipur (India) because of the lassi and street food!
Geologic Formations, Volcanoes, Mountains
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Flea & Street Markets
This cozy restaurant is in the small town of Vizzini, just outside Catania. I was first introduced to Lukos by a local friend, and I found the food to be simply amazing, especially the pizzas. Most likely, you will be the only foreigner here too, which is why it is an excellent spot for those looking to escape the more mainstream destinations in Sicily.
Mt. Etna is the tallest active volcano on the European continent. While most visitors to the east coast of Sicily admire this natural landmark from afar, not many go and really 'see' the volcano. Check out the stunning views from Catania on a sunny day, and then venture much closer, exploring the several small villages, wildlife and magnificent views that you'll find near its base.
Despite its size, Catania is a pretty offbeat destination, meaning that it is full of hidden gems that have never made it onto the tourist map. Pasticceria Savia, dating back to 1897, is one such local treasure — and my favorite snack stop in Catania. At this charming sweet shop, they make absolutely delicious baked goods and Sicilian sweets, all of which capture the authentic taste of the island.
Situated in a lovely town between Catania and Parco Dell’Etna, Ninnetti is one of the best restaurants I have experienced in Sicily. Proper Sicilian fare right in front of Mt. Etna is pretty amazing, and you will not have a more Sicilian experience than this: The service is good, the prices are fair, and the food is just out of this world.
Castello Ursino dates back to the 13th century and was home to Emperor Federico II, one of the most powerful Roman emperors. The building has been well maintained and is worth a visit for the beautiful examples of handicrafts, porcelain, clothes, weapons, and paintings on display. It's Sicilian heritage and culture at its best.
There is not much more to say about Corrado Costanzo than that it is most likely to be the best ice cream you will ever have! Ever. While there are several spots in Noto where you can find amazing ice cream, the texture, flavor, and richness of the scoops served at Corrado Costanzo are second to none. I am a chef with a sweet tooth, so believe me — I have tried a lot!
Noto is a small town in South East Sicily. Piazza Immacolata in Noto is one of the most lovely squares to just sit and enjoy life for a while. The square is overlooked by a beautiful baroque facade and the view from the ’piazza’ is just lovely. The square is flanked by several beautiful buildings but the church of San Francesco all'Immacolata is absolutely stunning.
La Fiera is a food and clothing market and it is only closed on sundays. It opens at 7 AM and closes around 2 PM. It’s a super local thing to do in Catania, especially if you get here a bit early. Try some of the local specialities from the small vendors selling different foods.