In the 18th century, the Villa Bellini was owned by prince Ignazio Paterno Castello di Biscari, who transformed the bordering park into a green maze, punctuated with fountains, water games and statues. The building having become the property of the city of Catania, architects Ignazio Landolina and Filadelfo Fichera enlarged the green spaces and created this fabulous and intricate ensemble, between lushness and eccentricity.
Swallowed up by various subtropical tree varieties, including the extremely rare Ficus Macrophylia, sets of stairs, bridges and walking alleys play hide and seek as faint music can be heard from the gazebo. Here and there, you'll see statues and bust in cast iron, bronze and marble – Vincenzo Bellini's is obviously one of them – as the central fountain offers a refreshing resting point. Do not hesitate to get off the beaten track, you won't regret it!
Via Etnea, 292