Castle in Catania

Castello Ursino

Catania's forbidding 13th-century castle once guarded the city from atop a seafront cliff. However, the 1669 eruption of Mt Etna changed the landscape and the whole area to the south was reclaimed by the lava, leavi…
Palace in Catania

Palazzo dell'Università

Flanking the western edge of Piazza dell'Università, this handsome palazzo includes a courtyard designed by Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. The building houses the city university.
Palace in Catania

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 eastern, southern and western facades were designed by baroque great Giovanni Batt…
Palace in Catania

Palazzo Chierici

Standing at the southern end of Piazza del Duomo, this grand baroque palazzo was designed by Alonzo di Benedetto. A passageway above Porta Uzeda sees it connected to the city's cathedral.
Palace in Catania

Palazzo Sangiuliano

Designed by the great baroque architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini, this elegant 18th-century palazzo flanks the eastern edge of Piazza dell'Università.