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Duomo de Catania (Catania Cathedral)

You’ll see stunning artwork, Roman ruins and fine Baroque architecture when you visit the centerpiece of Catania’s main square. 

Search for the original Roman columns or see the eruption of Mount Etna depicted in paintings when you visit the stunning Catania Cathedral. Admire the beautiful Baroque styling and find ornate tombs, interesting lava carvings and more as you stroll around one of the city’s most iconic buildings. 

Catania Cathedral is built on the site of the original Roman baths, on what is said to be the very spot where the martyr Agatha died in the third century. Evidence of the original Roman columns, as well as parts of the Norman church that was built here in the 11th century, can still be seen, though the cathedral is known primarily as one of Catania’s finest examples of Baroque architecture. 

Stand beside the fountains in the spacious Piazza del Duomo and observe the ornate Baroque façade, with its many columns, statues and small turrets. Look for bright white cupids and the large statue of Christ above the main entrance, then head inside to discover a wealth of artwork and history. 

Immediately on your right as you walk through the entrance you will see a tomb resting on a pillar. This holds the remains of the famous Catanian composer, Vincenzo Bellini. Continue through the long main building to the Chapel of the Madonna. The ornate graves here contain the ashes of Aragonese King Frederick III and his wife. 

Farther inside the cathedral notice the original Roman columns from the nearby amphitheater. These are part of the original structure that was all but destroyed when Mount Etna erupted in 1669. 

At the rear of the cathedral enjoy a display of wood carvings etched onto the choir stalls. These depict the life of Saint Agatha.

Catania Cathedral is open every day and admission is free. It is located in the Piazza del Duomo in the heart of the city. 


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Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze $113
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze

Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze

Via Etnea 218, Catania
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 793 reviews
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    Located in Catania City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Catania Cathedral and Elephant Fountain. Massimo Bellini Theater and Palazzo Biscari are also within 15 minutes. Porto Station is 17 minutes by foot and Central Station is 18 minutes.

    Il Gattopardo House $41
    Il Gattopardo House

    Il Gattopardo House

    Via Minoriti 10, Catania
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 174 reviews
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      Located in Catania City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Via Etna, Elephant Fountain, and Catania Cathedral. Massimo Bellini Theater and Greek-Roman Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Porto Station is 14 minutes by foot and Central Station is 16 minutes.

      Romano House $98
      Romano House

      Romano House

      Via Giovanni Di Prima, 20, Catania
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 318 reviews
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        Located in Catania City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Etna and Massimo Bellini Theater. Catania Cathedral and Elephant Fountain are also within 10 minutes. Porto Station is 12 minutes by foot and Central Station is 12 minutes.

        Il Principe Hotel $78
        Il Principe Hotel

        Il Principe Hotel

        Via Alessi 24, Catania
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 539 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Catania City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Crociferi, Elephant Fountain, and Catania Cathedral. Greek-Roman Theatre and Massimo Bellini Theater are also within 10 minutes. Porto Station is 12 minutes by foot and Central Station is 19 minutes.

          Catania International Airport Hotel $84
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          Via San Giuseppe La Rena, 94, Catania
             
            3.9
            of 5, from 788 reviews
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            Located in San Giorgio-Librino-San Giuseppe la Rena-Zia Lisa-Villaggio Sant'Agata, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Catania Harbour, Ursino Castle, and Catania Cathedral. Elephant Fountain and Greek-Roman Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km). Catania Acquicella Station is 26 minutes by foot.

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            Rubens

            Via Etnea 196, Catania
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 78 reviews
              1.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Catania City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Etna, Catania Cathedral, and Elephant Fountain. Massimo Bellini Theater and Palazzo Biscari are also within 15 minutes. Porto Station is 17 minutes by foot and Central Station is 18 minutes.

              NH Catania Centro $78
              NH Catania Centro

              NH Catania Centro

              Piazza Trento 13, Catania
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 253 reviews
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                This family-friendly Catania hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Via Etna, Palazzo Biscari, and Catania Cathedral. Elephant Fountain and Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolo are also within 1 mi (2 km). Italia Station is 11 minutes by foot and Giuffrida Station is 14 minutes.

                Liberty Hotel $103
                Liberty Hotel

                Liberty Hotel

                Via San Vito 40, Catania
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 509 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Catania hotel is located on the Strip, within a 10-minute walk of Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolo and Greek-Roman Theatre. Elephant Fountain and Catania Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Porto Station is 22 minutes by foot and Central Station is 23 minutes.