Much of what you will see in Catania dates to after the 1693 earthquake. The result is three-century-old, lava constructions, including a remarkable Fontana dell’Elefante holding up an Egyptian obelisk. You can locate this in the Piazza del Duomo. Both the Duomo (the Cathedral of Saint Agatha) and the fountain are but 2 reasons visitors find time to remain overnight.
The entryway to the old city is marked by the Porta Garibaldi, in black and white. While in Catania you must visit the Duomo with its 1675 fresco and the Norman Capella della Madonna. The Palazzo del Municipio from 1741 stands out with its black and white striped façade. At the Piazza Universitaria, you can view the old façades of the early University buildings.
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