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Via Etnea

La Collegiata

Piazza Duomo

Castello Ursino

Teatro Bellini

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Laying in the Etna Southern foot, Catania is the second Sicilian town due to the number of its inhabitants and economic importance.

Built by Greek colonizers in VIII century b. C., Catania was conquered by the Romans in 263 b. C. Partly destroyed by an Etna eruption in 1669 and by a big earthquake in 1693, it was after then reconstructed according to Baroque style.

Starting your walk at the discovery of the town from the B&B Alex Catania, go straight to via Umberto until you arrive to Via Etnea, the main street for shopping and strolling.

At the cross between via Umberto and via Etnea there is the Villa Bellini, the big green lung of the town: Etna can be admired from the little hill.

Going down to Via Etnea you get to Piazza Stesicoro, where are the ruins of the Roman Amphiteatre (III c. a. C.), the monument to Vincenzo Bellini and the Church of St. Biagio or St. Agata alla Fornace, built where the Catanese Saint was martyrised.

After the cross between Via Etnea and Via A. Di Sangiuliano, you find at your right the Collegiata Church, with a graceful Baroque fašade (1768). Then you find Piazza UniversitÓ with the University Palace at your right and the Sangiuliano Palace at your left.

Then there is Piazza del Duomo with the elephant's fountain by G.B. Vaccarini, the symbol of Catania.

Going right to via Vittorio Emanuele you find at your right St. Francesco Church, the house where V. Bellini was born, the Greek theatre and the Odeon.

Going up to via Crociferi you can see the most beautiful Baroque churches in Catania: St. Benedetto, St. Francesco Borgia and St. Giuliano. At the end of via Crociferi there is the Cerami Princes' Villa, since several decennies the seat of the Faculty of Law.

Other historical monuments of Catania are the Benedictins Monastery, nowadays the seat of the Faculty of Arts, and the Castello Ursino, built by Federic the second in XIII c.

We also suggest you to take a walk in the elegant Corso Italia where you can find the most select shops in town.