The province of Catania is situated on the Island of Sicily and it is made out of 58 total comuni. Here lies the Etna Volcano, but the territory is also characterized by the coastline, by beautiful surroundings and Italian history. Orange and lemon groves, vineyards and chestnut trees are found all over Catania, but the tourists are mostly attracted by the Duomo, the Church of Badìa di Sant'Agata, the Collegiata or Regia Chapel, the unfinished Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò and many other Italian landmarks.
Unfortunately, as beautiful as it is, Catania is also known for being destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169 and 1693 and by several volcanic eruptions, from the Mount Etna volcano which is nearby. But that doesn't stop it from continuing to rise above, despite the tragedies that happened throughout history. Today, Catania is one of the most prosperous cities on the island.
The city's symbol is "u Liotru", or the "Fontana dell'Elefante". It was built in 1736 and it portrays a stone elephant with an Egyptian obelisk from Syene on top of it. The legend says that Giovanni Battista Vaccarini, who built the statue, originally built the elephant as neuter. However, the men in Catania were insulted as they thought the neuter elephant is...