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Treasure Hunt in Catania: adventures in Sicily

Would you like to visit a beautiful corner of Sicily with a thrilling Urban Game? Treasure Hunt in Catania will let us discover all the most noteworthy places of the town at the foot of Etna!

 

Discovering cultural heritage

Catania scavi

This city has a history of many thousands of years (it was founded by Chalcidians in 729 BC). It offers a lot of places to visit and a lot of secrets to reveal. Fascinating because of its location near Etna volcano and because of the great quantity of historical monuments, Catania is one of the best places to organize an exciting Urban Game!

Treasure Hunt in Catania will take us to the central via Etnea, to the monuments of the city and its archaeological sites. We can even look around the fish market, one of the oldest in Italy. And don’t forget about the underground: in 1693 the town was covered by lava, which conserved it until today. Thus, underneath the lava ground lays the town of the XVI century with its streets, churches, thermal baths, palaces and even street signs. The underground, which through the centuries was witness of love intrigues between monks and nuns, served as a hiding place for brigands and as a treasure for art lovers, is reachable from some points of the town… that we’ll have to find in our Treasure Hunt in Catania!

 

Elephants and Magicians

Catania - piazza del Duomo e fontana dell'elefante

The Duomo square houses the church of St. Agata, the town hall and the Chierici palace. Here we can find also one of the most famous monuments of the city: the fountain of Amenano, crowned by an elephant figure in lava rock. This is the symbol of of the town. According to historians, the elephants was a cult object in an oriental temple before Christianity. Brought outside of the city walls by the first Christians, afterwards it was recovered and situated in various point of the town, until finally in 1727 it found its actual position.

But this is history, while legend is way more fascinating. The statue seems to be connected with the figure of Eliodoro, who lived there in 8th century AC. Eliodoro dreamed of becoming the city bishop but, not having success, made a pact with the devil and became the most famous magician. With the lava of the Etna he created the elephant and used to traverse the city on its back, playing bad tricks to its inhabitants.

Will we be able to follow the traces of the maleficent Eliodoro and of his elephant and to discover his more hidden esoteric secrets?.. We will discover it as soon as we start our adventure!

 

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