Piazza del Duomo
A Unesco World Heritage Site, Catania's central piazza is a set piece of contrasting lava and limestone, surrounded by buildings in the...
Standing at the southern end of Piazza del Duomo, this grand baroque palazzo was designed by Alonzo di Benedetto. A passageway above...
Palazzo degli Elefanti
Standing at the northern end of Unesco-lauded Piazza del Duomo, the 'Palace of the Elephants' is Catania's town hall. The building's...
Ambasciata Del Mare
Overlooking La Pescheria fish market, this refined restaurant has built a strong local reputation by serving creative seafood. And while...
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Fontana dell'Elefante information
Taking centre stage on Catania's showpiece Piazze del Duomo is the city's most memorable monument, the smiling Fontana dell'Elefante (Fountain of the Elephant; 1736). Made of lava stone and dating from the Roman period, the comical statue is of an adorable elephant, known locally as Liotru and the symbol of the city. The statue is surmounted by an improbable Egyptian obelisk which, according to local folklore, possesses magical powers.