Like the rest of Sicily, Catania was occupied by many different civilisations,including the Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Arabs and later on, the Bourbons. All of these civilisations left the city with a rich and varied cultural heritage. The Greco-roman architecture in the 'Parco Archeologico Greco-Romano di Catania' sits side by side with the medieval 'Castello Ursino' and Baroque masterpieces such as 'Catania Cathedral' and 'San Francesco d'Assisi all'Immacolata'. A stroll through the centre of Catania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a stroll through history. Catania is also home to the oldest university in Sicily. Founded in 1434, it has 12 faculties and hosts 62,000 students.
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