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...
Lonely Planet review
A Unesco World Heritage Site, Catania's central square is a set piece of sinuous buildings and a grand cathedral, all built in the unique local baroque style, with its contrasting lava and limestone. In the centre of the piazza is Catania's most memorable monument, and a symbol of the city, the smiling Fontana dell'Elefante (built in 1736).
The naive black-lava elephant, dating from the Roman period, is surmounted by an improbable Egyptian obelisk. Legend has it that it 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. At the piazza's southwest corner, the Fontana dell'Amenano fountain marks the entrance to Catania's fish market and commemorates the Amenano River, which once ran above ground and on whose banks the Greeks first founded the city of Katáne.