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The Amenano Fountain is situated in Piazza Duomo, beyond the Palazzo Dei Chierici,  behind which sprawls Catania’s loud and colourful fish market, the ‘Pescheria’. It was built to adorn the entrance of the old fish market and it marks the location of the Amenano, a powerful river. It once ran overground and it was on its banks that the Greeks founded the city of Katàne. The eruption of Mount Etna in 1669 buried many things and the river Amenano too.

The river continued running in Catania, but not on the ground rather underground. The Amenano appears on the surface in an angle of Piazza Duomo,  just shortly before it flows into the sea.

In the fountain the river is represented by a young boy between two tritons bearing a cornucopia which pours water into the fountain’s basin.

The fountain was begun in 1864 and was finished in 1867, and is the work of Neapolitan sculptor Tito Angelini. It is better known to the people of Catania as “l’acqua o’ linzolu”, because of the “sheets” of water which flow down into the basin.

 
 
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