Walking along Corso Umberto I in the opposite direction of the sea, you’ll face one of the green lungs of Catania and the oldest of the city’s main gardens, the Bellini Gardens. Just 1 kilometer from our B&B, this green area is the ideal place to relax and find refreshment after strolling to discover the highlights of Catania. In fact, the Bellini Gardens must be counted among the city’s highlights.
The Villa – as it is familiarly called by locals – is located in the heart of Catania and was opened to the public for the first time back in 1883. The main entrance is on Via Etnea, enticing visitors with a beautiful grand staircase that leads to a fountain called “the Swans Fountain”, because in the past, these wonderful aquatic birds would swim here. The fountain, surrounded by four sculptural groups representing the Arts and Seasons, is not the only water attraction present in the Garden: several fountains embellish the green area, making it even more welcoming and refreshing. Statues, aviaries, grassy lawns, tunnels, bridges and kiosks greet visitors at both the main entrance and the secondary ones. Extremely rich in flora, magnolias, palms, pines and evergreen trees are proudly displayed. The Avenue of Illustrious Men is located on the west side of the Garden: opened in 1880, it is a pathway with the busts of famous people from the history of Italy and Catania, among whom include Giovanni Verga, Federico de Roberto, and Luigi Capuana. Also worth seeing is the Concert Cloister erected in 1879 in Moorish style, used until the late ’60s for classical music concerts; the clock whose dial is made of evergreen seedlings, and calendar (also made of grass) changed every day by gardeners. We advise all our guests a walk through the Villa, one of Catania’s refuges to find peace and relaxation. All the other tourist attractions of Catania are present in our city guide.