Beneath the Catania that everyone knows and sees, lies another one. Or rather several: several layers, several underground cities… all hidden but can be explored by those wanting to leave the beaten path and find new thrills.
Underground Catania emerges from a historic stratification that led to the modern city (mostly 18th century) being built on top of previous Greek and Roman buildings.
The stones of Catania, to be found in many lanes in its old town centre, have stories to tell. You just have to know how to listen to them and want to discover a different city that truly has a lot to say.
The memory of the city is preserved by several cultural organisations that organise guided tours of the underground routes, also a good way to encourage the preservation and promotion of places and assets of definite historical and artistic interest.
Under the surface of present-day Catania, you can discover Roman and Byzantine relics. You can take a journey into the history of the Christianity at its origins, and as well as places of historical and archaeological interest, you can also admire various places of enormous geological interest.
Artistic, architectural and natural beauties await anyone who wants to discover them, not by stopping on the surface, but by going deeper down. As is true in several Italian cities, Catania has its underground version too, with very interesting and picturesque itineraries for both history lovers and the simply curious who are interested in an experience different from the usual organised tourist activities.
When visiting underground Catania, you can admire the remains of Roman domus and extensive thermal baths, richly decorated with mosaics and elaborate stuccos.
There is no shortage of remains of buildings and monumental complexes, like theatres, ancient sanctuaries and aqueducts. The Christian city is fully represented by places of worship particularly linked to the patron saints Agatha and Euplius, while the medieval and modern city reveal remains that survived the eruption of Etna in 1669 and the devastating earthquake of 1693.
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