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Catania attractions: monuments and popular sights

Landmarks and Historic sites

1 Benedictine Monastery
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Rank: 1 About 37

The Benedictine Monastery, in its original project, should have been a colossal building with four cloisters and a majestic church in the middle, the Church of S. Francesco La Rena. Out of four cloisters, only two were...

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Address: Piazza Dante Alighieri, 32, Catania

2 Roman Theatre
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Rank: 4 About 37

The Roman Theatre of Catania is located right in the city centre, along Via Vittorio Emanuele II and few hundred metres far from Piazza Duomo, another symbolic place of Catania. The theatre, set probably up from a...

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Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 266

3 St. Agata Abbey
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Rank: 5 About 37

A baroque pearl, St. Agata Abbey was built by Giovanni Battista Vaccarini upon the ruins of the ancient church dedicated to the saint. Inside, rather sober and austere, there are no paintings but just statues and mosaics...

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Address: via Vittorio Emanuele

4 Ursino Castle
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Rank: 7 About 37

Castello Ursino is a beautiful castle which is situated in Catania. It was built from 1239 to 1250 and belonged to the Emperor Frederick II, the king of Sicily. At present, the castle houses the Catania Civico Museum...

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Address: Piazza Federico II di Svevia, Catania

5 Collegiata Basilica
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Rank: 8 About 37

Address: Via Etnea 3

6 Church of Saint Mary of Jesus
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Rank: 10 About 37

Address: Piazza Santa Maria del Gesù, Catania

7 Patrician Palaces and Churches
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Rank: 17 About 37

The Patrician Palaces and the Churches crowded into the city centre of Catania, represent  the triumph of the Sicilian Baroque style, especially the one from Catania, which stands out and makes these palaces unique!...

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8 Porta Garibaldi
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Rank: 19 About 37

The monument is made of a triumphal arch dating back to 1768 and planned by Stefano Ittar to celebrate the marriage between Ferdinand IV of the House of Bourbon and Caroline of Austria. The gate, dedicated to Garibaldi is...

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9 Porta Uzeda
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Rank: 20 About 37

Opened in 1696 in the imposing walls built between the XIV and the XV centuries, the Porta Uzeda links the long  straight road of Via Etnea with the chaotic and picturesque area of Catania harbour.  ...

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Address: PIazza del Duomo

10 Saint Agatha Cathedral
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Rank: 21 About 37

Piazza Duomo di Catania is situated in the heart of the city and the symbol monument of the city is the fountain with the Elephant. The cathedral of the city with the Chapel of Sant’Agata looks out onto the Duomo Duomo di...

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11 Amenano Fountain
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Rank: 27 About 37

Address: Fontana dell'Amenano, Via Etnea 28

12 Biscari Palace
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Rank: 28 About 37

Address: Via Museo Biscari, 16

13 Fountain Rape of Proserpina
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Rank: 30 About 37


14 Palazzo Biscari
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Rank: 32 About 37

Palazzo Biscari is situated behind the Porta Uzeda in Catania. It was built several times by the family of Paterno Castello, the Princes of Biscari. And so, it was built in periods between 1707 and 1763 by...

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Address: Via Museo Biscari 10-16 Catania, Sicily Italy

15 Catania City Hall
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Rank: 35 About 37

Address: Via Sant'Euplio, 13, Catania

16 Cerami House
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Rank: 36 About 37

Address: Via Crociferi, 91, Catania

17 Elephant Fountain
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Rank: 37 About 37

In the middle of the Piazza del Duomo we find the Fontana dell'Elefante (the Elephant fountain) dear to the inhabitants of Catania, that is the city landmark. The fountain is made of a molten rock elephant dating back to...

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Address: Piazza Duomo, Catania


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