Via Crociferi

Via Crociferi is a monumental street built in the Eighteenth Century. It begins in Piazza San Francesco d’Assisi and you can enter through the arch of San Benedetto. This street, surrounded by churches, monasteries and only a few residential buildings, is an exquisite example of the baroque architecture. Along 200 m only, four churches have been built. The first is the Church of San Benedetto connected to the convent of the Benedictine nuns by the arch stretched above the street, which connects the main abbey to the smaller one. You can access this last one with a staircase and it is protected by a wrought iron fence. Going along the street you reach the Church of San Francesco Borgia, accessible with two big steps. The two churches are separated by a narrow street leading to Palazzo Asmundo Francica-Nava, facing Piazza Asmundo. The next building is the Collegio dei Gesuiti (Jesuit College), old seat of the Art Institute, with an internal cloister with columns and arches. Opposite the college we have the Church of San Giuliano, which is considered one of the finest examples of the Barocco Catanese (baroque of Catania).

The building, by the architect Giovan Battista Vaccarini, has a convex prospectus and clean and elegant lines. Going straight, and after via Antonino di San Giuliano, we can see the Convento dei crociferi and the Church of San Camillo. At the end of the street we have Villa Cerami, seat of the Faculty of Law of the University of Catania.