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Baroque Architecture in Catania

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Baroque architecture flourished on Sicily following the massive earthquake of 1693, when authorities began rebuilding the island. With traditional baroque curves and flourishes, the buildings stand out for their flair and artistry. Here are a few key baroque-style landmarks to look out for in UNESCO World Heritage–listed Catania.
 
Piazza del Duomo
The three palaces situated around the Piazza del Duomo (Duomo Square) include the Bishop’s Palace and the Seminario—and combined they boast some of the most impressive baroque buildings in Italy. Skilled architect Alonzo di Benedetto worked alongside fellow local architects, and the divisions between their working styles are seamless.

Basilica della Collegiata
The 18th-century Basilica della Collegiata is one of the religious sites reconstructed following the earthquake in 1693. With ornate curvature and intricate facade, it’s widely considered among Catania’s top attractions.
 
Town Hall
Built in 1741, Catania’s grand town hall takes pride of place on the Piazza del Duomo. The key feature here is the Fountain of the Elephant—intricately carved from Mt. Etna’s black lava in the baroque style.
 
Teatro Massimo Bellini
The Teatro Massimo Bellini (Massimo Bellini Theater) is an opera house named after local 19th-century composer Vincenzo Bellini. The building was almost 200 years in the making, and the final product features the ornate, stuccoed design for which the distinctive Sicilian baroque style is known.
 
Catania Cathedral
Dedicated to Saint Agatha, Catania Cathedral has fallen to earthquakes and been rebuilt many times over the centuries. The current construction shows bold baroque design with strong Roman and Spanish influence, and dates back to the rebuilding of Catania following the 1693 earthquake.

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Catania Segway Tour, Catania, null
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Catania Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

3-hour Segway tour lead by an expert local guide See top Catania attractions including: Fountain of the Elephant in Piazza Duomo, Piazza Stesicoro and ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.88
Catania Private Walking Tour with Option of Food and Wine Tasting, Catania, Segway Tours
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Catania Private Walking Tour with Option of Food and Wine Tasting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Private tour by comfortable car for two or more travellers to Catania, the city made of lava from the neighboring Etna volcano. With your private tour leader ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.08
Wine and Local Delicacies Tasting at a Sicilian Traditional Palmento, Catania, Walking Tours
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Wine and Local Delicacies Tasting at a Sicilian Traditional Palmento

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Live authentic experiences in Sicily. Taste great wine and typical products with the explanation of a sommelier inside an impressive ancient millstone of a ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.61
Private tour from Catania: Etna Volcano and Lunch at Etna Winery, Catania, Food Tours
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Private tour from Catania: Etna Volcano and Lunch at Etna Winery

During the private tour by comfortable air-conditioned car, you will visit Etna - the highest active volcano in Europe. This tour is private - only for your ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 5 to 8 hrs

From USD $126.48
Private Shore Excursion from Catania (Sicily) to Etna Volcano and Wine Tasting, Catania, Attraction ... 
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Private Shore Excursion from Catania (Sicily) to Etna Volcano and Wine Tasting

In Catania port at disembark from your cruise ship meet our selected professional English speaking driver for your private shore excursion tour in ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $116.04
Catania Street Food Walking Tour, Catania, Attraction Tickets
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Catania Street Food Walking Tour

Enjoy a half-day walking tour through the main squares and markets of Catania's city center and sample the local cuisine. This guided, small-group tour ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $56.86
Admission Ticket to Church of Saint Benedict, Catania, Food Tours
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Admission Ticket to Church of Saint Benedict

Only A few minutes walk from the Cathedral of Catania there is the Church of San Benedetto, right in the middle of the famous baroque street called Via ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 30 to 50 mins

From USD $5.80
Admission to Benedectine Monastery of Saint Nicola, Catania, Attraction Tickets
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Admission to Benedectine Monastery of Saint Nicola

10 minutes walk from the Cathedral square you find the  Monastery of San Nicolò l’Arena,  a late baroque monument and one of the biggest Benedictine ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 90 to 110 mins

From USD $8.12

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