Catania, Italy

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An earthquake in 1693 resulted in the Baroque palaces evident today. Originally founded by Greek colonists, 'Katane' was later conquered by the Romans and its Roman Theatre is one of the best examples of Roman architecture to be found. Head to Catania's principal square, at the end of busy Via Etnea and you'll find most of its main points of interest nearby, including its much photographed lava statue and the Duomo.