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This fountain with the elephant made of lava rock and the obelisk is part of the historic lore of the city. One legend states that dwarf elephants were in Sicily and their skulls were possibly the origin of cyclops.
The Fontana dell’Elefante feels like the epicentre of tourists in Catania. With the catholic Cathedral and several “pallazo’s” surrounding it, the fountain attracts many people.
Needless to say lots of guides, salesmen, etc approach you while walking around the fountain.
Still, the fountain is a...More
This is where everyone comes or goes when in Catania. It is so central and visually very exciting with the Duomo opposite the Fontana dell Elefante and the fish market right next door - superb spot -teas coffees, beers wine gelato all readily available and...More
Piazza of Duomo di Catania offers not only the great view and beautiful cathedral of the city but very relaxing and full of people at the same time place as well. You can just sit here and watch how locals live, eating sicilian tasty gelato...More
This impressive fountain/monument is the centrepiece of the plaza and dates to 1736. The elephant and obelisk both date to the Roman era, the elephant is sculpted from lava and the obelisk originated in Egypt. Catania has the elephant as it's emblem.