The Diocesan Museum

The Diocesan Museum is housed in the Palace of Seminarists, adjacent to the Cathedral of Saint Agatha in Catania. From the museum it is possible to access the terraces of the Palace of the Seminarists and Porta Uzeda. Two magnificient views open up from these terraces: on one side, the splendour of Piazza Duomo in Catania with the Elephant Fountain, 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. The museum also leads to the complex of subterranean Achillean Baths: it is a journey into the bowels of the city with the river Amenano, whose waters rise to the surface in the nearby Fountain dell’Amenano in Piazza Duomo.

The Diocesan Museum of Catania hosts the museum of the Cathedral and the seat of the Archbishops of Catania and it contains all the magnificent historical furniture.

The museum is divided into two sections: the first, dedicated to the liturgical furnishings of the Cathedral, which winds through the rooms on the second floor and ends on the next level in the chapel; the second, which includes the furnishings of other churches in the city and in the diocese, occupies the halls of the third and fourth floor. The path finally ends in the panoramic terraces from which the visitor can admire the Baroque city.