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What to do and see in Catania

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Around the majestic sight of Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, there are numerous places to visit in the province of Catania. The city, despite natural disasters and the destruction of the city in the late seventeenth century, offers travelers a beautiful atmosphere and a wealth of sights and unique tourist attractions: from the Cathedral Square to the Roman Theatre, from the Villa Bellinisino to Cathedral of Sant’Agata. The protagonist of the historic center is undoubtedly the Sicilian Baroque. One example is the Duomo, overlooking the square, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Sant’Agata, whose statue crowns the main facade designed by Giovan Battista Vaccarini. On the same Piazza Duomo are also the elegant palaces, arranged around the Elephant Fountain, the symbol of the city. Another religious architecture of great interest is the Church of the Badia di Sant’Agata that surprises for the richness of the decorations that enrich the facade. Among the civil architecture there is the University by Alfonso V of Aragon in the University Square and the Collegiate or Regia Chapel, one of the examples of the architectural splendor built in the century of revival, with interior decoration by Giuseppe Sciuti besides the Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas and the Ursino Castle, built by Frederick II. In the rest of the province Caltagirone is famous for the ancient art of ceramics. For those who love nature, there are many activities that the parks and nature reserves offer visitors, especially in terms of hiking as caves scattered throughout the territory of the Etna Park.

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