Catania Gate (Taormina)

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Porta Catania (Catania Gate) is one of the ancient city gates and part of the second city wall of Taormina. Together with Porta Messina, diametrically opposite, it delimits Corso Umberto, the main street of Taormina. The construction of Porta Catania dates back to 1440; in fact, the date is engraved in the aedicule located in the central part of the arch, where the Aragonese coat of arms is also depicted. Porta Catania is also known as “Porta del Tocco”, because in Norman times public meetings were held in the adjacent small square. The time of touching was the first hour after noon, corresponding to 1 pm.

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