Eliodoro Footstep

The Eliodoro Footstep is the internal itinerary, in the sense of interior to the city: and this not only because it is a shorter and more tortuous itinerary, which can be done on foot and focuses on what the sources indicate was the Greek origin of the city – namely the Temple of Demeter, which is supposedly buried under Piazza S. Francesco, the ancient theater and the acropolis – but also because these places were the scenario in which Eliodoro lived his earthly parable.
As is known, Eliodoro was the sculptor who forged the lava stone elephant, mysteriously become a symbol of the city. Mysteriously, because no one knows for sure how and when, as it is also narrated here in our texts, drawing from modern and more remote sources. In the uncertainty – and in the suggestive philological framework that makes Eliodoro one of the medieval models that will be summarized in the literary archetype of Faust – Eliodoro accompanies us on the acropolis, the place of origin of the community that gave life to the city, and makes us relive the atmosphere of the city in the Byzantine era, and we almost feel the aromas of the Jewish quarter, the workers of brass, iron, copper, and silk, and oil. So that, looking for a symbol of the city and not finding it, we find, intact, the mystery that in the ages has meant that Catania was known worldwide as a black pearl.

The 10 points of interest that you will discover in this itinerary

Eliodoro at the "Acqua Janca" well and Byzantine Tricora

Son of a noble family of Catania, Eliodoro, he wanted to become bishop, but when he did not succeed, he dedicated himself to black magic.

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Sant'Euplio alla Giudecca (Church of the Marina)

In this point of the itinerary you will be able to discover the sacred representations of the Madonna dei Troveri and the Black Madonna.

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Roman Forum in the Greco-Roman period and Giudecca

Fulcrum of the sacred life of the Greek city and center of political life in Roman times, the Roman forum was a landmark.

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Eliodoro

Called to the court of Frederick II, Michael Scotus, he was a great and wise astronomer, a famous exponent of the Escuela de Toledo; a story would connect him to Heliodorus.

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Templar Legend

After excavations at the thermal baths of the Rotonda, corpses attributable to the Templar order were found. But is their presence in Catania really conceivable?

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Jewish Quarter

Jewish quarter through the story of Salvatore "Turi" Salemi, an anarchist poet, Jew, from Catania, who lived as a beggar in different cities and died of pneumonia never treated.

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Greek Theater and Odeon

Greek in its roots, Roman in its development, Byzantine in its era of abandonment, the theater has witnessed the evolution of the city.

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Temple of Ceres

History of the foundation of the city, born according to Thucydides, Catania (Kατάvη), between 729 and 728 BC. by Greek colonists.

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Opera dei Pupi

The "Opera dei pupi" is both folklore and an educational means for modern values ​​and the fight against tyranny.

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Achillian Thermal Baths

To enhance the urban space you need to know its history, there are no shortcuts and you have to walk the road on foot.

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