Top Choice Monument in Catania

Fontana dell'Elefante

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 per…
Top Choice Theatre in Catania

Teatro Massimo Bellini

A few blocks northeast of the duomo, is Catania's dashing opera. Completed in 1890 and made for homegrown composer Vincenzo Bellini, the building's interiors are suitably lavish, from the stucco-and-marble extravaga…
Top Choice Market in Catania

La Pescheria

Catania's raucous fish market, which takes over the streets behind Piazza del Duomo every workday morning, is street theatre at its most thrilling. Tables groan under the weight of decapitated swordfish, ruby-pink p…
Top Choice Church in Catania

Complesso Monumentale Monastero delle Benedettine

The Complesso Monumentale Monastero delle Benedettine covers three adjacent sites: a Benedictine convent, the Chiesa di San Benedetto and the Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia across the street. Top billing goes to t…
Church in Catania

Chiesa di San Giuliano

Halfway up Via Crociferi, the Chiesa di San Giuliano is attributed to Sicilian baroque maestro Vaccarini. Built between 1739 and 1751, it features a refined convex facade and, above the portal, a broken pediment gra…
Church in Catania

Chiesa di San Nicolò l'Arena

Sicily's largest church is the monumentally ugly Chiesa di San Nicolò l'Arena. Commissioned in 1687 and designed by Giovan Battista Contini, student of the great Gian Lorenzo Bernini, its construction was interrupte…
Museum in Catania

Museo Belliniano

One of Italy's great opera composers, Vincenzo Bellini was born in Catania in 1801. The house he grew up in has since been converted into this museum, which houses an interesting collection of memorabilia, including…
Museum in Catania

Museo Civico

Housed in the grim-looking 13th-century Castello Ursino, Catania's civic museum holds the valuable Biscari archaeological collection, an extensive booty of paintings, vases and sculpture, and an impressive coin coll…
Square in Catania

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 unique local baroque style and crowned by the grand Cattedrale di Sant'Agata. A…
Ruins in Catania

Roman Amphitheatre

The modest, neglected ruins of this Roman theatre, below street level in Piazza Stesicoro, are worth a quick look. Note that opening times can be sporadic.