Piazza Bellini (Bellini Square), Catania

Piazza Bellini (Bellini Square), Catania

Close by the Church of the Saint Agatha, in the center of Catania, is Bellini Square. It is in the form of a great circle paved with white and grey stones laid down in overlapping concentric arcs. At the edge of the widest circle of tiles, across from the Massimo Bellini Theater, are benches, plantings and trees.

In the center of the square is the 18th century Fountain of the Dolphins, designed by architect Giovanni Battista Vacarrini. The Massimo Bellini Theatre is the gem of the square, a neo-Baroque theater dedicated to the world famous composer, Vincenzo Bellini. The theater was designed by architects Andrea Scala and Carlo Sala.

The Massimo Bellini Theatre is an opera house. It opened in May 1890 with the world premier of the opera Norma, by Catania composer, Vincenzo Bellini. The Sicilian Baroque style of the Opera house blends well with the other buildings on the square.

During the day the square is a great place to find peace in the shade of the trees, away from the madding, crowded Cathedral Square. In the Bellini Square liveliness comes at night.

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Piazza Bellini (Bellini Square) on Map

Sight Name: Piazza Bellini (Bellini Square)
Sight Location: Catania, Italy (See walking tours in Catania)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Catania, Italy

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