The urban layout of the city is set on a regular orthogonal pattern, marked by parallel courses enriched with beautiful squares and sumptuous palaces which remain among the highest expressions of eighteenth-century Europe. The main axis is Corso Vittorio Emanuele, punctuated by three squares in each of which there is a church. Corso Vittorio Emanuele is announced by the Porta Reale, a monumental entrance in the shape of triumphal arch (built in the nineteenth century.). The visit continues with the Chiesa di S.Francesco all’Immacolata and its impressive staircase; the Cattedrale di San Nicolò characterized by a classical facade; the Palazzo Ducezio built from the middle of the eighteenth century until the early decades of the nineteenth century; Via Nicolaci and Palazzo Nicolaci with its exuberant balconies, shaped fancy shelves of cherubs, horses and grotesque figures; Piazza XVI Maggio and the Chiesa di San Domenico where, in his left aisle, you can admire the altarpiece of “St. Domenico receiving the Holy Spirit “and the” Madonna of the Rosary “painted by Vito D’Anna.
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