26 Sights in Catania, Italy (with Map and Images)
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1. Chiesa di San Placido
San Placido is a Roman Catholic church and former-Benedictine monastery located on the piazza of the same name in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. The complex, two blocks east of the Catania Cathedral, spans a polygonal block encompassed by the Via Vittorio Emanuele II on the north, the via Landolina to the east, the via Museo Biscari on a south diagonal, and to the west the piazza San Placido and Via Porticello. Part of the convent is occupied by the Palazzo della Cultura, used for cultural activities and exhibitions. The Monastero di San Placido also serves presently as the Archivio di Stato di Catania.
2. Roman Amphitheater
The Amphitheatre of Catania is a Roman amphitheatre in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy, built in the Roman Imperial period, probably in the 2nd century AD, on the northern edge of the ancient city at the base of the Montevergine hill. Only a small section of the structure is now visible, below ground level, to the north of Piazza Stesicoro. This area is now the historic centre of the city, but was then on the outskirts of the ancient town and also occupied by the necropolis of Catania. The structure is part of the Parco archeologico greco-romano di Catania.
3. Città della Scienza
The City of Science, also known as the City of Science of Catania to distinguish it from the homonymous Neapolitan structure, is an initiative of promotion and scientific dissemination managed by volunteers coming mainly from the University of Catania and located in an old sulfur refinery located in via Simeto in Catania, not far from the central station. It consists of an interactive science museum consisting of five sections called islands, an exhibition area distributed along a suspended corridor, an auditorium, some laboratories and a refreshment area.
4. Chiesa di San Biagio
San Biagio, previously called Sant'Agata alla Fornace or La Fornace or Carcara is a Neoclassical architecture, Roman Catholic parish church located at the western edge of the Piazza Stesicoro in the quartiere San Biagio della Calcarella, of Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. The church overlooks a portion of the ruins of the former Ancient Roman amphitheater, while behind the apse in succession are two other churches venerating St Agatha of Sicily: the church of Sant'Agata al Carcere and two blocks west facing the opposite direction is Sant'Agata la Vetere.
5. Fontana di Sant'Agata
The fountain of Sant'Agata, second in order of antiquity in Catania, almost hidden in the walls of Via Dusmet, under the Archbishopric, is located near Porta Uzeda, in front of the arches of the railway viaduct. The people of Catania simply call it the Fontanella. According to popular traditions, the fountain was built in memory of the point from which the body of Saint Agatha had left when it was transported, in 1040, by the Byzantine general Giorgio Maniace, to Constantinople.
6. San Benedetto
San Benedetto is a late-Baroque architecture, Roman Catholic church and former Benedictine monastery in the city Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. The church facade faces Via Crociferi, parallels across via San Benedetto the former-Jesuit church of San Francesco Borgia, and both are about a block south along Crociferi from the church and convent of San Giuliano. Entrance to church and monastery appear to be through Piazza Asmundo #9 near the apse of the church.
7. San Domenico
San Domenico, also called Santa Maria la Grande is a Roman Catholic church and active convent located on piazza San Domenico in the quartiere di Santa Maria la Grande, in Catania, region of Sicily, Italy. The church stands about two blocks north of the church of Sant'Agata la Vetere on via Santa Maddalena. The neoclassical-style, late 17th-century church houses a few prominent altarpieces that survived the 1693 catastrophe in Catania.
8. San Francesco Borgia
San Francesco Borgia is a Roman Catholic church located on Via Crociferi #7, adjacent to the former Collegio Gesuita, and parallel to San Benedetto, and about a block south on Crociferi of the church and convent of San Giuliano, in the city of Catania, region of Sicily, southern Italy. The church is mainly used for exhibits, but still holds much of the original Jesuit artwork.
9. Ipogeo di Sant'Euplio
The Church of Sant'Euplio was a place of worship in Catania in the district "Porta di Aci", opposite that of "Sant'Euplio ad Martyres", destroyed by bombing in World War II. Today the transept and the right wall of the single nave of the old building, which was rebuilt and inaugurated around 1964 in another area of the city, in the "Petriera" district, remain standing.
10. Chiesa di Sant'Agata la Vetere
Sant’Agata la Vetere is a Roman Catholic church located in the piazza of the same name in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. East of church and nearby, but facing in the other direction, are two other churches venerating St Agatha of Sicily: the church of Sant'Agata al Carcere and two blocks east on Piazza Stesicoro is Sant'Agata alla Fornace, now known San Biagio.
11. Chiesa di Sant'Agata al Carcere
Santa Agata al Carcere, sometimes called Santo Carcere or the Carcere church is a Roman Catholic church located on Piazza Santo Carcere #7, in the city of Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It is one of three nearly adjacent churches venerating St Agatha of Sicily in this neighborhood, the other two being Sant'Agata alla Fornace and Sant'Agata la Vetere.
12. Chiesa di Sant'Agata al Borgo
Sant’Agata al Borgo is a Roman Catholic church in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. The church rises alongside via Etna. In front of the church is the tree-lined Piazza Cavour with its fountain of Cerere, while south across the piazza rises the church of the Consolazione. The Borgo is one of the original four districts (quartieri) of Catania.
13. Fontana di Cerere
The Cereal Fountain, also known as "Fontana del Borgo" or in the local language Matapallara Dô Buŗgu or Ma'Pallara Dô Buŗgu or Tapallara Dô Buŗgu, is a hydraulic and sculptural work of the city of Catania, now located in the center of Piazza Cavour , popularly called "Piazza Borgo", from the homonymous neighborhood.
14. Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo ai Minoriti
San Michele Arcangelo ai Minoriti is a Roman Catholic parish church and attached monastery in the city center of Catania, region of Sicily, Italy. The former monastery, to the left of the facade, now houses shops on the ground-floor, and above are the offices of the Provincial government and the Prefettura or Prefecture.
15. Badia di Sant'Agata
Badia di Sant'Agata or Abbey of St Agatha refers to an 18th-century Roman Catholic church and attached female convent located on Via Vittorio Emanuele #182 in the center of Catania, region of Sicily, southern Italy. The Baroque style church facade is across the street from the left transept of the Cathedral of Catania.
16. Pozzo di Gammazita
Il Pozzo di Gammazita is a site located in the historic center of Catania, in the south-west area of the city adjacent to the ancient city walls called Cortina di Gamma Zita at the courtyard of the same name, and refers to a legendary story that occurred to Time of Angevin domination in Sicily, during the Vespers war.
17. Fontana dell'Elefante
The Elephant Fountain is a monumental work built between 1735 and 1737 by the architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. It is located in the center of the Piazza del Duomo of Catania. Its main element is a black basalt statue depicting an elephant, commonly called u Liotru and considered the emblem of the Sicilian city.
18. San Giuliano
San Giuliano is a Roman Catholic church and attached convent located on Via Crocifero #36 of Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It stands across from the Collegio dei Gesuiti, whose church of San Francesco Borgia also faces Crociferi. Two blocks north on Crociferi is the baroque church of San Camillo de Lellis.
19. Villa Pacini
The Giardino Pacini, also known as Villa Pacini or the Villa Varagghi, is a small circular urban park located just south of the Porta Uzeda, on the seaward side of the elevated railway viaduct, in Catania, region of Sicily, Italy. It is partially encircled by Via Lavandaie and Via Jonica.
20. Catania Cathedral
Catania Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Agatha, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It was the seat of the Bishops of Catania until 1859, when the diocese was elevated to an archdiocese, and since then has been the seat of the Archbishops of Catania.
21. Santa Maria di Gesù
Santa Maria di Gesù is a Roman Catholic parish church located on #18 of the piazza of the same name, near its intersection with Viale Regina Margherita, just northwest of Villa Bellini park, in the city of Catania, Region of Sicily, Italy.
22. Fontana di Proserpina
The fountain of the Rape of Proserpina is a monumental sculptural and hydraulic work of the city of Catania, built in 1904 and placed at the end of Via VI Aprile in a lateral position to the main building of the central station of Catania.
23. Malavoglia Fountain
The Malavoglia fountain is a monumental fountain in the city of Catania, located in Piazza Giovanni Verga, which includes an artistic sculptural group that interprets stylizing an episode of the famous Verghian work I Malavoglia (1881).
24. Basilica Santuario di Maria Santissima Annunziata al Carmine
The Santuario della Madonna del Carmine also called Basilica di Maria Santissima Annunziata al Carmine, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica church and Marian sanctuary located on Piazza Carlo Alberto, in the town of Catania, Sicily.
Wikipedia: Santuario della Madonna del Carmine, Catania (EN)
25. Chiesa San Gaetano alle Grotte
San Gaetano alle Grotte is a church in Catania, region of Sicily, southern Italy. The flank of this small church faces Piazza Carlo Alberto where the minor basilica church of the Santuario della Madonna del Carmine is located. ,
26. San Nicolò l'Arena
San Nicolò l'Arena is the title of both the Roman Catholic church and its adjacent and enormous Benedictine monastery in the city of Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. The facade of the church faces Piazza Dante.
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