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Catania Cathedral
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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
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
4 out of 5
Via Etnea 218, Catania, CT
The price is $111 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Catania City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Catania Cathedral, Elephant Fountain, and Massimo Bellini Theater. Greek-Roman Theatre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"The location and customer service was great. Gabriele on the reception desk and the nightman were very helpful with directions, providing helpful tips for day trips and quickly dealt with any queries. The breakfast options were a little limited, however the breakfast staff were very attentive."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Quattro Canti Suites
Quattro Canti Suites
Via Antonino Di Sangiuliano, 293, Catania, Sicilia
The price is $98 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Catania City Centre, this guesthouse is steps from Basilica Collegiata and Via Etnea. Catania Cathedral and Catania Port are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Highly recommended

"Lovely hotel with great location near many restaurants and the fish market. The coffee and croissants in the morning delivered to your room was added bonus."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2020

Quattro Canti Suites
AG Home Adragna
AG Home Adragna
Via Spadaccini 16, Catania, Provincia di Catania
The price is $34 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Catania City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Massimo Bellini Theater, Catania Port, and Catania Harbour. Via Etnea and ...

3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)

"Gaetano, the manager was wonderful. Ver pleasant and answered all my questions. My large room had a dinner table. I also had a balcony. It was short walk Piazza Vincenzo Bellini & Piazza Università. And an 8 minute walk to the train station. Gray place. I can’t wait to come back."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

AG Home Adragna
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
4 out of 5
Via Etnea 218, Catania, CT
The price is $111 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Quattro Canti Suites
Quattro Canti Suites
Via Antonino Di Sangiuliano, 293, Catania, Sicilia
The price is $98 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
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AG Home Adragna
Via Spadaccini 16, Catania, Provincia di Catania
The price is $34 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
AG Home Adragna
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
Catania, Sicily
The price is $157 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
4 out of 5
Viale Kennedy Loc La Playa, Catania, CT
The price is $108 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6
NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
Mercure Catania Excelsior
Mercure Catania Excelsior
4 out of 5
Piazza Giovanni Verga 39, Catania, CT
The price is $86 per night from Mar 19 to Mar 20
Mercure Catania Excelsior
Mini apartment in Catania center
Mini apartment in Catania center
Catania, Sicily
The price is $66 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
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Duomo Suites & Spa
Duomo Suites & Spa
4 out of 5
Via Garibaldi, 23, Catania
The price is $158 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
Duomo Suites & Spa
Palazzo Marletta Luxury House Hotel
Palazzo Marletta Luxury House Hotel
Via Erasmo Merletta 7, Catania, Provincia di Catania
The price is $209 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29
Palazzo Marletta Luxury House Hotel
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