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  • 1 Palazzo Biscari Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Museo-Biscari 16

    The palazzo is the city's most handsome civic building. It is the work of Ignazio Paternò Castello, Prince of Biscari, an art, literature and archaeology enthusiast who financed numerous digs and set up an archaeological museum here (collections disp..

  • 2 Via Crociferi Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Crociferi

    Via Crociferi is the street that best illustrates the Catania Baroque style. The buildings that line it, especially in the first stretch, lend it a unique beauty and harmony. You get here via the Arco di San Benedetto, flanked by the Badia Grande and..

  • 3 Piazza del Duomo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Del Duomo

    The square - the centre of the city designed by Vaccarini - has a harmonious Baroque appearance. The elephant fountain, symbol of Catania, stands opposite the 19C Amenano Fountain, set back on the southern side in front of the Palazzo dei Chierici an..

  • 4 Picture Gallery of Ursino Castle

    Museums and art

    Piazza Federico-di-Svevia

    The collections of Ursino castle mainly feature works by southern artists, from the 15C to the 19C. You will thus find the triptych of the Virgin in majesty, Saint Anthony and Saint Francis by Antonello de Saliba. Several works depicting women are on..

  • 5 Teatro Bellini

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza San-Francesco-d’Assisi 3

    This opera house is naturally named after Bellini, author of Norma, which inaugurated the theatre in 1890. The auditorium is renowned for its acoustics, among the best in the world.

  • 6 Manganelli Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza S. - Francesco d'Assisi 3

    This beautiful, richly decorated palace is where a few scenes of Visconti film, the Leopard, based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, were shot.

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