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Baroque Architecture in Catania

Baroque Architecture in Catania

Baroque architecture flourished on Sicily following the massive earthquake of 1693, when authorities began rebuilding the island. With traditional baroque curves and flourishes, the buildings stand out for their flair and artistry. Here are a few key baroque-style landmarks to look out for in UNESCO World Heritage–listed Catania.

 

Piazza del Duomo

The three palaces situated around the Piazza del Duomo (Duomo Square) include the Bishop’s Palace and the Seminario—and combined they boast some of the most impressive baroque buildings in Italy. Skilled architect Alonzo di Benedetto worked alongside fellow local architects, and the divisions between their working styles are seamless.

Basilica della Collegiata

The 18th-century Basilica della Collegiata is one of the religious sites reconstructed following the earthquake in 1693. With ornate curvature and intricate facade, it’s widely considered among Catania’s top attractions.

 

Town Hall

Built in 1741, Catania’s grand town hall takes pride of place on the Piazza del Duomo. The key feature here is the Fountain of the Elephant—intricately carved from Mt. Etna’s black lava in the baroque style.

 

Teatro Massimo Bellini

The Teatro Massimo Bellini (Massimo Bellini Theater) is an opera house named after local 19th-century composer Vincenzo Bellini. The building was almost 200 years in the making, and the final product features the ornate, stuccoed design for which the distinctive Sicilian baroque style is known.

 

Catania Cathedral

Dedicated to Saint Agatha, Catania Cathedral has fallen to earthquakes and been rebuilt many times over the centuries. The current construction shows bold baroque design with strong Roman and Spanish influence, and dates back to the rebuilding of Catania following the 1693 earthquake.

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Catania Private Walking Tour with Option of Food and Wine Tasting

Catania Private Walking Tour with Option of Food and Wine Tasting

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Catania has a world of offerings for travelers: UNESCO World Heritage sites, fascinating history, street markets, and a cuisine that is the envy of the Mediterranean. It can be a challenge to pack it all in one day, but this private half-day walking tour—which pairs the city’s top sights with traditional street food and wine—allows you to do just that. Upgrade to end the tour with a wine and food tasting at a local restaurant.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Catania Street Food Walking Tour

Catania Street Food Walking Tour

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Discover the street food and snacks of Catania on a daytime walking tour around the city. Visit the main piazza, and the elegant Via dei Crociferi or Benedettini enclave, learning about Catania’s food and its place in Sicilian culture as you stroll. Sample treats at market stalls and bakeries, and then leave armed with tips for the best places to eat in town. A food 'passport' is included so you can keep track of your favorite bites along the way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Wine and Local Delicacies Tasting at a Sicilian Traditional Palmento

Wine and Local Delicacies Tasting at a Sicilian Traditional Palmento

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Taste wines and Sicilian delicacies on a local farm and vineyards with a 2-hour tasting near Catania. Sample locally-made salami, cheeses, breads, and more, enjoying a generous spread of treats served in the farm’s palmento, where grapes were once crushed into wine. This 2-hour gourmet tasting makes a generous lunch, and includes a discount at the farm store.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Catania Segway Tour

Catania Segway Tour

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Glide through the historic streets of Catania on a 3-hour Segway tour. Follow a local guide through the UNESCO-listed city center, passing the Fountain of the Elephant, the bustling street of Via Etnea and the park of Villa Bellini. Pause to admire the 13th-century Castle Ursino and learn more about the city’s medieval history. Your tour will conclude back at your original departure point.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.96
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