Piazza del Duomo
In the centre of the piazza is the city's most memorable monument, the smiling Fontana dell'Elefante (Fountain of the Elephant; 1736)....
The Fontana dell'Amenano at the entrance of the Piazza del Duomo food market is Tito Angelini's commemoration of the River Amenano,...
Ambasciata Del Mare
Overlooking the fish market, La Pescheria, this refined restaurant has built a strong local reputation by serving creative seafood. And...
Piazza del Duomo information
A Unesco World Heritage Site, Catania's central piazza is a set piece of contrasting lava and limestone, surrounded by buildings in the unique local baroque style and crowned by the grand Cattedrale di Sant'Agata . At its centre stands Fontana dell'Elefante (1736), a naive, smiling black-lava elephant dating from Roman times, surmounted by an improbable Egyptian obelisk. Another fountain at the piazza's southwest corner, Fontana dell'Amenano , marks the entrance to Catania's fish market.
Legend has it that the elephant belonged to the 8th-century magician Eliodorus, who reputedly made his living by turning people into animals. The obelisk is believed to possess magical powers that help calm Mt Etna's restless activity. The Amenano fountain commemorates the Amenano River, which once ran above ground and on whose banks the Greeks first founded the city of Katáne.