9 Hotels in Acireale, Italy
Acireale is a seaport center on the east coast which overlooks the Ionian Sea. The city is set on a large plateau of volcanic origin overhanging the sea. In recent years the town has also extended along the coast, while the surrounding area is cultivated mainly in citrus. The city is immersed in a wild nature, midway between the Etna volcano and the sea. The urban plant has the typical baroque structure and the center is the Piazza del Duomo, on which overlook some of the most famous buildings of Acireale.
A Greek myth tells that the city was born from the union of Aci and Galatea, a mortal and a nymph, but according to historians it has much more ancient origin. Throughout history Acireale has changed several names. The Sicilians called it Xiphonia, the Latin name was Acis Aquila, until 1642 when the king Philip IV gave its current name. The '600 was certainly its golden age, during which were built many monuments of the old town. The town still preserve the forms of Sicilian baroque, clearly visible in buildings, homes, churches.
The most interesting monument is the Cathedral dedicated to Maria Santissima Annunziata, whose original dates back to the fifteenth century. The facade is in baroque style and it is flanked by two gothic towers. Inside are preserved various works of great value created by local artists. In the same square there are the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and the Palazzo Comunale. The Corso Umberto is the main street of Acireale, with some beautiful shops, clubs and restaurants. In the southern outskirts of the city there is the Santa Venera spa, opened in the nineteenth century in an area rich in water sources with special qualities.
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Longitude:15° 90' 0'' E (15.165556)