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Street via Etnea: photo description (Via Etnea)

Via Etnea is the main street of the historic center of Catania. It stretches for three kilometers from South to North, from Piazza Duomo to Tondo Gioieni.

The first mention of this street meet at the end of the 17th century - after the terrible earthquake of 11 January 1693. The disaster virtually wiped off the face of the earth Skating under avalanches killed two thirds of the population of the city. Giuseppe Lanza, Duke of Camastra appointed curator of recovery Catania, decided to lay a new perpendicular street. One of them started from the Cathedral, one of the few surviving buildings in the city, and walked in the direction of mount Etna, so there was a modern of via Etnea. However, it was originally called the via Duca di Uzeda in honour of the then Viceroy. Later it was renamed via Stesicorea and finally via Etnea, more logically, given her direction. The street was 700 meters long and ended in the present Piazza Stesicoro, then bore the name of Porta di ACI. Here was located one of the city gates of Catania. Perpendicular street via Vittorio Emanuele was originally called the via Lanza, then Corso, and in the 19th century and received its current name.

Luxury palaces built on both streets, was built in the Sicilian Baroque style by architects Giovanni Battista vaccarini and Francesco Battaglia. On via Etnea was built seven churches - from the Cathedral in Piazza Duomo, then walked Basilica della Collegiata, the Church of the Minorite Church of San Biagio, the Church of Santissimo Sacramento, the Church of S. Agata al Borgo, and finally the Church Badiella. Here stand the Palazzo many notable residents of Catania and public buildings, such as Palazzo degli the Hall, which today houses the city hall, the Palazzo del University and Palazzo San Giuliano. On the corner of via Etnea and via Sangiuliano towering Quattro Canti - the four elegant Palace, built in the same architectural style. Other noteworthy buildings via Etnea - the Palazzo del Toscano, Palazzo and Palazzo Tizzano business Post. The same street leads to the city garden Villa Bellini.

In the 20th century via Etnea expanded and reached Piazza Cavour, on which stands the Fontana di Cerere Carrara marble, known to many old-timers called "the Goddess Athena". Recently the street was paved with cobble-stones of lava, brought from mount Etna, and today it's a true pedestrian island in the heart of the big city. There are numerous restaurants, Breweries, pubs and pizzeria, which day and night are filled to capacity.