His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials

The world of Cittàgazze was one of many parallel universes. Cittàgazze and Sant'Elia were two of the towns in this world.[1] It was known as the crossroads between the worlds because all windows initially led to this world, where the subtle knife was created. However, Lord Asriel's disturbance to the magnetic poles allowed worlds to open into each other without this world as an intermediary.[2]

This world appeared to be quite modern; electric lights and fridges were used. It also had lemonade and Cola. Spectres were common in this world for several generations, however their number was greatly multiplied after Lord Asriel created a huge window through his world into that of Cittàgazze.[1] The world of Cittàgazze used to be a prosperous world until the Guild of the Torre degli Angeli created the subtle knife. When Spectres entered the world, nothing could be relied on: if an owner of a business was to be attacked, his company would fail and all its employees would lose their jobs. The guild took to taking items and ideas from other worlds, like the pencil, or fridges; they even stole cream from Will's world for wounds.[3]

In this world, every party of travellers needed to include a man and a woman on horseback in case the group was attacked by Spectres.[4] As in Will's world, dæmons were not outwardly visible and hence not familiar to the people of this world.[1]

If the subtle knife hadn't been made, the world would have been a place of prosperity and peace, with beautiful seas and temperate weather.[5]

Joachim Lorenz mentioned to Serafina Pekkala four nations in the Cittàgazze world, which included Eireland (parallel to Ireland of Lyra's world), Brasil (parallel to High Brasil of Lyra's world), Corea (parallel to the Corea of Lyra's world), and Benin (parallel to the Empire of Benin of Lyra's world).[4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Subtle Knife, Chapter 3
  2. The Subtle Knife, Chapter 9
  3. The Subtle Knife, Chapter 8
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Subtle Knife, Chapter 6
  5. The Subtle Knife, Lantern Slide 3
World of Cittàgazze
Countries BeninBrasilCoreaEireland
Locations BergamoCittàgazzeCittàgazze caveSant'EliaUnidentified village
Buildings Belvedere towerCittàgazze caféTorre degli AngeliWhite villa
Natives AngelicaGiacomo ParadisiJoachim LorenzPaoloStriped T-shirt boyTullio
Important Guild of the Torre degli AngeliSpectresSubtle knife
Worlds Lyra's worldWill's worldWorld of CittàgazzeWorld of the deadMulefa worldGallivespian worldRepublic of HeavenKingdom of Heaven