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.