Acireale

Of uncertain origin, today the urban layout is typical of late-medieval cities of Sicily. It is located in the middle of the Ionian coast of Sicily, 15 km from Catania. The most populous city in the province of Catania, Acireale is famous for its Carnival, for the Baroque, Sicilian Puppets. The city's name comes from Greek mythology, where there was place for a deity called Aci. He was a shepherd of which Galatea fell in love, but also the cyclopes Polifemo was sweetheart of Galatea and for this he crushed the rival under a rock. From the Shepherd blood borned a river called Akis by Greeks, now disappeared underground. The name of the city has undergone a slow evolution was Jachium became under the Byzantines, Al Yang with the Arabs and Al Yag and Aci d'Aquila (or Aquilia) with the Spanish. In the XIV century the city was settled in the current territory (formerly stood near the castle of Aci, Aci Castello today) with the name of Aquilia Vetere before, and New Aquilia later. The name Acireale was attributed to the city,according to tradition, by Philip IV of Spain only in 1642.

the emblem of acireale;

Acireale, Chiesa San Sebastiano

Acireale, Chiesa San Sebastiano

Acireale, Belvedere

Acireale, Belvedere

Acireale, Belvedere Santa Caterina

Acireale, Belvedere Santa Caterina

Acireale, Cattedrale

Acireale, Cattedrale

Acireale, Cattedrale

Acireale, Cattedrale

Acireale, Chiesa San Giuseppe

Acireale, Chiesa San Giuseppe

Acireale, Chiesa San Domenico

Acireale, Chiesa San Domenico

Acireale, Piazza Duomo

Acireale, Piazza Duomo

Il Carnevale di Acireale

Il Carnevale di Acireale

Acireale, Museo Uniformi

Acireale, Museo Uniformi

Acireale, Piazza Duomo

Acireale, Piazza Duomo

Teatro dei Pupi ad Acireale

Teatro dei Pupi ad Acireale

Info Utili


Coordinate: 37.611, 15.164
Distanza b&B: 35 Km
Navigatore: Acireale (Ct)
Tempo di percorrenza: 35 Minuti

Da Visitare

Cattedrale
Chiesa S. Giuseppe
Chiesa S. Antonio
Teatro Opera dei Pupi
Basilica di S Sebastiano
Museo delle uniformi storiche
Chiesa di Odigitria
Villa Garibaldi
Villa Belvedere

Tour di Acireale

After parking the car, we reach Piazza Duomo and its cathedral (11). Started in 1400 it suffered over the years various additions and modifications. The first relates to the form that became a Latin cross, subsequent regarded the steeple and the prospectus included the rosette. Once the interior is finely decorated with frescoes and the aisles are enriched by marble and wood works. Coming out, we will pass by Piazza Mazzini and then take some streets that will lead us to the church of St. Joseph (33) built in 1600, so we turn to via S. Giuseppe to arrive in P.za Marconi. From there we can see the Church of Odigitria (34) with its polychrome dome built in 1700. Going by bold arrive on Via Vittorio Emanuele and meet the church of St. Anthony of Padua rebuilt after the earthquake on the foundations of the old Gothic Basilica of which only the portal. Heading towards P.za Duomo meet the Basilica of St. Sebastian with its monumental facade of Baroque style. Its construction began in 1609 but, like all the other buildings, was badly damaged during the earthquake of 1693. The interior of the church has three naves and has a dome that stands at the intersection of the nave and transept. Several are the works inside. After passing Piazza Duomo, we will be on the Corso Umberto that will lead to the Belvedere villa from which we can see the jagged volcanic rock coast. They deserve a special visit two museums: the Museum of Historical uniforms (27) in Piazza Duomo, and the Opera dei Pupi (28) that in this city welcomes several masters.

touristic map of acireale