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Piazza del Duomo
Vacation Travel Guide

Elegant fountains, a superb cathedral and fine shopping and dining make Catania’s main square a great place to spend some time. 

Sit by the sculptural fountains, gaze at fine Baroque architecture and shop in the boutique stores around the stunning Piazza del Duomo. Come in the evening to dine in the square’s classy restaurants or take a romantic stroll past the cathedral.

Start at the eastern side of the square next to the cathedral for which it is named. On the exterior you will notice two very distinct architectural styles. The columns on the lower level date back to the original Norman structure, while the rest of the façade is a result of a Baroque-style repair in the 18th century.

Many of the square’s other monuments date from a similar time. Move toward the center of the square to view the magnificent elephant fountain. The giant animal is made of lava stone and was constructed under the guidance of Catanian architect, Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. Look carefully at the obelisk that sits on the elephant’s back to see ancient hieroglyphics from its exportation location of Egypt.

Stroll to the south side of the piazza to view the equally impressive Amenano Fountain. The site of the fountain is significant, as it stands above where the Amenamo River once flowed. Like much of the original square, the river passage was destroyed when Mount Etna erupted in the 17th century and is now concealed underground.

In the streets around the piazza, explore winding cobblestone lanes hiding boutique stores where you can purchase the latest Italian high-fashion clothing. Once you’ve finished shopping, treat yourself to a sumptuous lunch of homemade pasta or pizza from a local restaurant.

Be sure to stroll through the square at night, when the cathedral, fountains and palaces are softly lit, giving the area a romantic feel.

Piazza del Duomo is located in central Catania. It is walking distance from most of the city’s other major sights, although several bus services run through the day and stop nearby.

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Top Hotels Close to Piazza del Duomo

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
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
Catania, Sicily
The price is $157 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Catania City Centre, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Malavoglia Fountain and Via Etnea. Catania Cathedral and Catania Port are also ...

MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
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
Quattro Canti Suites
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
Catania, Sicily
The price is $157 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
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
AG Home Adragna
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 20 to Mar 21
Mercure Catania Excelsior
Mini apartment in Catania center
Mini apartment in Catania center
Catania, Sicily
The price is $66 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Mini apartment in Catania center
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 $171 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2
Palazzo Marletta Luxury House Hotel
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.