Catania Fish Market (La Pescheria in Catania)

Catania Fish Market (La Pescheria in Catania)

From Monday through Friday, the streets near Catania’s duomo are transformed into a loud and fast paced market.

The Catania fish market is located in the heart of the city – and the smell and sound of the fresh catch being hawked from various collapsable stands has become iconic.

Catania Fish Market in Sicily

The entrance to the market (known as a pescheria in Italian) is just behind the Baroque Amenano Fountain.

The fountain was created to adorn the market square in the 1800s, but it actually takes its name from the Amenano river that used to run on the same spot. The river was buried in 1669 during a devastating Etna eruption.

One of my favorite things about the Catania fish market is not just the activity of the pescheria itself, but the crowd that it attracts.  Really all this is doing is observing the people watchers who come to observe the bustle (and maybe decide what to purchase).

But they are a handsome crowd, no?

It is easy to see what they are riveted by if you can find a spot at the railing yourself.

Fishmongers yell out prices and haggle with customers over the seafood bounty.

Pescheria in Catania

Giant swordfish heads points skywards, with their own pink cuts displayed next to their menacing snouts.

But man cannot live on fish alone, so there are also other market stalls located on the level above the fishy hubbub.

Decidedly more low key, there are butchers, cheesemongers and fruit and vegetable sellers to round out the offerings, but the star of the show remains the Catania fish market.

It is open every weekday morning, and certainly worth a gander the next time you find yourself in the Sicilian city.

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Natalie is a food and travel writer who has been living in Rome full time since 2010. She is the founder and editor of this blog and prefers all of her days to include coffee, gelato, and wine.


  1. Leah
    December 17, 2018 / 3:49 am

    I am doing a research project about Venice and its landmarks, my history teacher said that the market was not open on Monday. But your article said it was open every weekday morning. Just wanted to clarify this information.
    Thank you.

    • Natalie
      December 28, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      I think that is true in Venice at the Rialto market, but this fish market in Sicily (Catania) is normally open on Mondays. It is true in general that Monday is sometimes not the best time to buy fish in Italy because not all fishermen go out on Sundays so it might not be the freshest catch.

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