Giardino Bellini

Landscape from the main entrance

The Giardino Bellini (also known as Villa Bellini; English translation: "Bellini Garden") is the oldest[1] urban park of Catania.

It occupies 70.942 .[2]


Main stairs during the Festival of Saint Agatha, 1993

Before the construction of a public garden, the area was occupied by a botanical maze owned by the Ignazio Paternò Castello, prince of Biscari.[3] In 1854, the Comune di Catania bought the area of the maze, and in 1864 started to adapt the area into a public garden.[3] Starting from 1875, the municipality acquired several further areas surrounding the maze, and two years later the work to unify these areas was undertaken.[3]

The Giardino Bellini was finally inaugurated in 1883.[3]


  1. "«Lavori al palo, vandalismo istituzionale» Non c'è pace per villa Bellini" (in Italian). Corriere del Mezzogiorno. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  2. "Il Giardino". (in Italian). University of Catania. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Cenni storici". (in Italian). University of Catania. Retrieved 18 August 2015.

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Coordinates: 37°30′40″N 15°05′00″E / 37.5110°N 15.0834°E / 37.5110; 15.0834

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