If this is not your first visit to Italy and you want to get to know one of the most beautiful places in the land of the boot, we urge you to visit the magical island of Sicily, which is considered one of the most popular destinations among tourists who want to enjoy spectacular views, picturesque villages, pleasant hiking trails and plenty of pleasant corners and activities Both young and old will enjoy them.
Indeed, in Sicily, there are plenty of great sites to visit and it doesn’t matter if you consider yourself to be among the lovers of history, landscapes, or even extreme activities of all kinds – Sicily has everything and is in abundance.
Among the most special places on the island, in the city of Catania, you will find the fountain of the elephants and the palace of the elephants – spectacularly beautiful places with a unique atmosphere that are highly recommended stopping points for travelers in this part of Sicily.
The Elephant Fountain is a fountain with an impressive and special structure and it was built during the first half of the 18th century AD in honor of the Count of Boyne who is considered one of the patrons of Sicily and returned from India, where elephants are considered one of the noble and sacred animals and in addition to this they have attributed qualities such as wisdom, intelligence, gentleness, and its beauty.
The spectacular monument was designed by the architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini and in the center stands an elephant made of basalt. In addition to the elephant statue which attracts most of the attention, you will notice that the base of the fountain is made of white marble and water jets represent the rivers flowing in the area.
Near the fountain is the Palace of the Elephants, which also boasts a spectacularly beautiful structure, fittingly for the residence of the rulers of the Principality of Savoy (named after the French province that bears this name) when the area of Sicily and its surroundings were under the alternating rule of France and Italy. Today the historic building is used as the local municipality building recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in its immediate vicinity are many tourist centers, restaurants, and cafes.