The very Baroque Via dei Crociferi

The very Baroque Via dei Crociferi

In Catania's city centre, this street is a real open-air gallery and it unveils a huge architectural heritage.

Built in the 18th century, the Via dei Crociferi unravels some architectural unity, paced by holy places in which you will have to stop. Start your promenade under the arch connecting the buildings of the former Benedictine convent to reach the San Benedetto church, where you can gaze at the unique nave and its marble staircase. Carry on to la Chiesa dei Gesuiti while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere up to the cloister, said to be the work of Vaccarini, as the architect was a past master at rebuilding his city after the infamous earthquake. A few steps away, you will merely have to look up to revel in the San Giuliano façade and its beautiful gallery.
Walk south from the Piazza San Francesco, and stop at number 91 to gaze at the Villa Cerami and its gardens, former family home to the Rosso di Cerami. It has now become the University's Department of Law. On number 70, Caffetteria Villaroel's terrace will provide a welcome break, before resuming your quest for all the city's gems, as this paper chase is virtually endless.

Via dei Crociferi
95100 Catania