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Visit Catane- Sicily

Discover the best activities to do in Catania accompanied with english guide. The must-see places of the city. Located at the foot of the mighty Mount Etna, which with its eruptions often gives it a unique charm, Catania, overlooking the Ionian Sea, is a splendid city of art, an undisputed example of Sicilian Baroque and for this Unesco heritage.

Visit Catania Sicily

 

Shadowed by the volcano Etna, the highest mountain in Sicily, the city of Catania is, without a doubt, one of the liveliest cities in the Mediterranean area. Lava stone coasts fashioned in time by the waves of the ionian sea, a city that inherits monuments that date back to the Greek period, modelled by Normans and enriched by the Aragonese, Baroque architecture predominates, numerous cultural events and its nightlife make it a sought after and a visit due to fully understand the meaning of Sicily.

Piazza Duomo, the main square in Catania. Benedictine Monastery a “jewel” of the late Sicilian Baroque architecture. Villa Cerami, embellished with Baroque decorations. St. Agatha’s Abbey, this building is the architect Vaccarini’s masterpiece. Palazzo dei Chierici, also known as the Clerks’ Seminary. Roman Theatre and the Odeon, Palazzo degli Elefanti, originally was called the Senatorial Palace, this is just a small part of the great heritage to must be visited in Catania.

Piazza Duomo it’s the main square in Catania, the focal point where the city’s main arteries converging, this city center, the beating heart of Catania. Built after the terrible earthquake of 1693, this square was totally restored and renewed in 2008; surrounded by “Palazzo degli elefanti” - Elephants Palace, place of the City Council, the “Amenano’s fountain” going towards the characteristic area called “Pescheria” - a colourful fish market, “Chierici’s Palace” and “Uzeda’s entrance”, the St. Agatha’s Cathedral, also called “Duomo”.

In the centre of the square is placed the famous “Elephant’s fountain”, a monumental work created between 1735 and 1737 by the architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. On the fountain’s top it was placed the famous “Liotru“, the little black elephant, like the lava of which it is composed, has risen as the official symbol of the city since 1239. Even today no one know the exact reconstruction of its origin, and little is known about the places of permanence before the actual placement. The story of the Liotru is in fact shrouded in mystery, starting from its name, Liotru in fact, which we want to derive from that of a magician of the eighth century AD.

 

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