Si Trova: a Catania
Lat: 37° 30' 12.73888" N - Long: 15° 5' 5.192470" E
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Via Crociferi is a monumental street, perhaps the most beautiful of the Catania streets; some of the most representative buildings of the Catania Baroque overlook it, built, among others, by architects as Giovan Battista Vaccarini and Francesco Battaglia.
The churches and monasteries of this street partly inspired the novel "Storia di una Capinera" by Giovanni Verga, and here were also shot the scenes of the film, inspired by the same novel, by Franco Zeffirelli.
Under the road surface, remains of a Roman villa have been found, today barely visible through the windows placed on the pavement.
The street starts from the arch of San Benedetto, dating from 1704, which unites the Badia Grande to the left, by Francesco Battaglia built between 1771 and 1777, with the Badia piccola on the right, attributed to Giovan Battista Vaccarini.
On the left there is the church of San Benedetto, which is accessed by a staircase surrounded by a wrought iron gate.
Then there is the church of St Francesco Borgia, with a double flight of stairs by Angelo Italia, and the Jesuit College, home to the Art Institute, with a magnificent cloister with arcades on columns and arches and beautiful paving in white limestone and black pebbles, by Vaccarini.
The church of San Giuliano, located opposite the College, is also attributed to Vaccarini; with convex elevation, it is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the Catania baroque.
Beyond the intersection with Via di San Giuliano, on the left there is the Convento dei Crociferi by Francesco Battaglia, and the church of St Camillo, which houses a Madonna with Child on a panel, perhaps from the Byzantine era.
The entrance to the Villa Cerami closes the street, one of the most prestigious palaces of 18th-century Catania, today the seat of the Faculty of Law.
What happened in Sicily: 27 November
Today we discover...
St George's Portal
An example of Gothic-Catalan architectural style
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