Piazza Duomo

Piazza del Duomo in Catania is the city’s most important square. It brings together three streets, namely via Etna, the historic axis of the town, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and Via Vittorio Emanuele II which goes through the city from East to West. On the eastern side of the square is the Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint of the city who is celebrated on February 5th.

On the northern side is the Palazzo degli Elephanti, the town hall. On the other side of the square is the famous Amenano fountain, where coins are tossed such as in Trevi fountain in Rome, and beside it, the Palace of the Clerics, which is connected to the Cathedral through a passage built on Porta Uzeda. It is possible to access the terraces of the Palace of the Seminarists and Porta Uzeda from the Diocesan Museum of Catania,. Two magnificent views open up from these terraces: on one side, the splendour of Piazza Duomo with the Elephant Fountain and Via Etnea with Mount Etna on the background; on the other, the walls of Charles V, Catania’s port, the famous arches called Archi della Marina, and Castello Ursino. In the middle of the square is the symbol of Catania, “‘u Liotru”, a statue in lava stone depicting an elephant, with an obelisk on the top, located in the middle of a marble fountain which has been restored several times.