The Elephant Fountain is the symbol of the city, in which the elephant carved in lava stone supports an Egyptian obelisk.
The elephant faces the Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Agatha.
Catania is an ancient port city on the eastern coast of Sicily. It is located at the foot of Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails that lead to its summit. The city spacious central square, Piazza del Duomo, is characterized by the picturesque statue of the Elephant Fountain and the elaborately decorated Cathedral. Also of significance are the “Biblioteche Riunite Civica e A. Ursino Recupero,” formerly a Benedictine library, which houses over 270,000 volumes. One of the most significant areas in Catania’s Baroque architecture is the “Via dei Crociferi,” where magnificent Baroque churches and noble 18th-century palaces line the street. In this street, you can admire the masterpiece of Vaccarini, the Church of San Giuliano.
One of the most relevant places in Baroque Catania is the “Via dei Crociferi,” where magnificent Baroque churches and noble 18th-century palaces overlook the street. In this street, you can admire the masterpiece of Vaccarini and the Church of San Giuliano. Among the architectural landmarks are also the Ursino Castle, the ancient ruins of the Roman Theater, and the Greek Amphitheater.
The Pescheria, the colorful open-air fish market, is a must-see for its sounds and atmosphere. It cannot be forgotten that Catania is home to one of the oldest universities in the world: the Siculorum Gymnasium, founded in 1434.
The center of Catania itself is a concentration of unique beauties.
The characteristic baroque buildings stand out in the streets of lava stone.
Today, Catania is a treasure trove of history and modernity, more importantly, it is the starting point for a gran tour of Sicily that invites to immerse yourself in the beauty of the island: Taormina, Acitrezza, Acicastello, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, Syracuse (Ortigia), Agrigento, Noto, Modica, Palermo, Monreale, Scopello, Ragusa, Ibla, Aeolian Islands, Cefalù, San Vito Lo Capo, Selinunte, Trapani, Alcantara Gorges, Tindari, Castelmola, Marzamemi, Vendicari, Palazzolo Acreide, Favignana, Erice.
Coming to Catania means having the happiness and opportunity to extend your stay well beyond the five days of the WCSG.
Catania is easily accessible by all means of transport. The “Vincenzo Bellini” International Airport is the terminal for many European and world routes.
An alternative to air travel is the maritime connections that cross the entire Mediterranean, allowing for the car-ship combination.
Of course, Catania can be reached by train.
While those who absolutely love their autonomy, can always rely on the car: the best way to enjoy the splendid landscapes and colors of Sicilian land and all of Italy.