Via Etnea, 196, 95129 Catania CT, Italy
CataniaAn hours' drive south of Taormina along the picturesque Sicilian coast sits Catania, the island’s second-largest city, sprawled at the foot of perpetually grumbling Mt. Etna. A massive earthquake destroyed the city in 1693, leading to a Baroque reconstruction that earned the city center UNESCO World Heritage status. At the Piazza del Duomo, you can spot the city’s iconic Fontana dell'Elefante, an elephant statue carved from lava rock, with an obelisk on its back.