The Roman Theatre of Catania

One could hardly imagine that in via Vittorio Emanuele, one of the main streets of Catania, stands a Roman theatre built in the first century A.D. on a pre-existing Greek structure from the fourth century B.C.  The theatre for its structure – in part perfectly preserved and not visible from the street – leaves stunned both the tourists and the citizens of Catania. The Roman theatre is located above the southern slopes of the Montevergine hill, which became the location … Read More

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Benedictine Monastery

I think that few people haven’t heard about the fame and glory of the Benedictine Monastery. Heritage of the UNESCO since 2002, the Benedictine Monastery, “jewel of the late Sicilian baroque”, is the second largest monastic complex in Europe and, since 1977, hosts the “DiSUM”, the Humanities Department of the University of Catania. So let’s get more inside into the history of this small, so to say, local pearl. The first stone was placed in 1558, when the Benedictine monks … Read More

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