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Catania with its 300,000 inhabitants, is the administrative centre of the homonymous province. It is the second most populated city in Sicily and the most populated Italian city that is not actually the administrative centre in the Region.
In 2002, its city centre was declared as Heritage of Humanity along with the seven councils of the Val di Noto.
To visit the beautiful sights in Catania, you could start from “Via dei Crociferi”, which is maybe the prettiest eighteenth-century street in Catania. It is possible to enter this street from San Francesco d'Assisi Square, passing under the San Benedetto arch which links “La Badia Maggiore” with “La Badia Minore” located across the road. The street is surrounded by churches, monasteries and a few private houses, so it is a rare and splendid example of Sicilian baroque architecture. Just 200 metres away there are 4 churches: San Benedetto church, San Francesco Borgia church, which can be reached by walking along two large staircases. If you proceed along this road you’ll find the “Collegio dei Gesuiti”, which is currently the centre of the Art Institute, and inside there is a lovely cloister with a portico built on columns and arcades. In front of this “collegio” you will find the “San Giuliano” church which is regarded as one of the finest examples of Catanese baroque architecture.
Going beyond the “Antonio di Sangiuliano” street, visitors can also admire the “Crocifery” convent and “San Camillo” church.
One of the most characteristic place to visit in Catania is the local fish market, which is always glowing with colours, voices and typical aromas. Another characteristic market is the one held in “Carlo Alberto” square, called in Catania dialect “A fera 'o luni”.
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