Located to the north of bustling Catania, your Acireale holidays will allow you the opportunity to explore one of Sicily’s more authentic and unfettered towns, defined by a range of impressive monuments and landmarks with easy access to charming coastal retreats.
The island of Sicily is home to numerous destinations shrouded in ancient history and immense culture, and in Acireale the theme is no different, yet the tourist hoards have inadvertently bypassed this alluringly grand town. The typical grandeur of Italy can be found embedded in the town, from the striking monuments and architectural themes, to the long history and delectable cuisine. Your holidays to Acireale will never offer a dull moment, especially given its location to other exciting destinations, such as the seafood-rich coastal village of Santa Maria la Scala.
Baroque beauty by the sea
When exploring the town and absorbing its long list of attractions and sites, it is perhaps best to begin beside or inside the towering Duomo di Acireale, a beautiful cathedral dominating the town’s skyline and sat in the attractive Piazza del Duomo – a great spot for people watching. The Church of Saint Dominic is another of the town’s beautiful churches, rebuilt in the 18th century after it was damaged during the 1693 Sicily earthquake.
If you time your holidays in Acireale right, you may set foot in the town during the colourful carnival season. Acireale is renowned for throwing some of the most vibrant and exciting celebrations, boasting some of the finest floats in the land. You’ll also find a great deal of interest in a trip to nearby Aci Castello, characterised by the ruins of the Castello Normanno hanging over the ocean from a cliff.