Things to see nearby

“In the middle of Catania’s heart”

Duomo Square

Distance: 0 mt

The Palace overlooks Duomo Square. Here we can see the symbol of Catania, a statue of an elephant, surmounted by an obelisk, which the people of Catania call “u Liotru”. You can also visit the Cathedral of Sant’Agata. The religious building, dedicated to the virgin martyr and patron saint of Catania.

Fish Market

Distance: 30 mt

The fish market in Catania is a scenario that tells us about the history of fish, its colours, smells and shouting make it one of the most evocative corners of the city.

Teatro Massimo Bellini

Distance: 350 mt

The Teatro Massimo Bellini, built according to a project by the Milanese architect Carlo Sada, was inaugurated in 1890 with “Norma”, the masterpiece of Vincenzo Bellini. In the hundred years of its existence this center of propulsion of the music of Catania has seen many of the greatest twentieth century musicians pass over its stage.

Benedictine Monastery

Distance: 900 mt

The Benedictine Monastery is located in the historic center of Catania and for its size is considered the second largest in Europe. Today, this imposing historical building hosts the University of Catania and many cultural events.

Ursino Castle

Distance: 700 mt

Ursino Castle is one of the most important monuments of Catania, today also a museum. The birth of the imposing manor dates back to about 800 years ago and was built by Emperor Frederick II of Swabia.

Villa Bellini

Distance: 1 km 

Villa Bellini is one of the two oldest ornamental gardens and one of the four main parks of Catania. Visit The avenue of the “illustrious Men”, located west of the garden with busts of the most famous characters of Italian and Catanese history.

Greek Roman Theatre

Distance: 750 mt

The Greek Roman Theatre stands between the Via Greek Theatre and Via Vittorio Emanuele. It is assumed that the construction of the Theatre, which could accommodate about 7,000 spectators, dates back to the second century A.D. and that it was built on a pre-existing Greek structure built in the ancient acropolis of Catania.

Stesicoro Square

Distance: 650 mt

Stesicoro square is one of the busiest squares in the historic center of Catania, both for its central position and for its proximity to the typical “Fera o Luni” market. On the other side of the square, under the road surface, about ten meters deep, a part of the Roman amphitheater is visible, brought to light at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Abbey of Sant'Agata

Distance: 64m 

The Abbey of Sant’Agata is presented today as the most perfect work of architecture, among the many masterpieces that the late Baroque reconstruction, following the 1693 earthquake, produced in Catania.

Achillian Thermal Baths

Distance: 0 mt

The Achillian Thermal Baths are one of the most significant buildings of the Roman Imperial period in Catania. The part of the building that can be visited today consists of a central room having a rectangular plan with four pillars on which the vaults are set. At the center of this room there is a basin which was originally covered in marble, as well as some slabs of marble, which were to form the flooring of the room.

Palazzo Biscari

Distance: 400 mt

Palazzo Biscari, the majestic house of the Paternò Castello family, was built following the earthquake of 1693 which razed eastern Sicily to the ground.
The central courtyard, adorned by a large pincer staircase, gives access to the entrance of the structure where there are several rooms including the paintings room and the Ball room which, in full Rococo style, is enriched with stuccos, decorations and frescos.

Università Square

Distance: 650 mt

Università Square is located in Catania, along Via Etnea, less than a hundred meters from Piazza Duomo, and is one of the most scenic squares in the historic center of Catania.
In the square there are four artistic bronze candlesticks, made in 1957 by some Catania’s sculptors: Mimì Maria Lazzaro and Domenico Tudisco, designed by the architect Vincenzo Corsaro. This candlesticks represents four ancient Catanese legends: Gammazita, Paladino Uzeda and brothers Pii and Colapesce.