Aci Castello

Aci Castello

Aci Castello

The beautiful Aci Castello is the first center of the Riviera of the Ciclopi, so named for the rocks that emerge from the sea and which seem to be thrown by a giant; legend has it that it was Polyphemus who was blinded to throw them at Ulysses on the run.

The town was destroyed by an earthquake in the second half of the 1100s.
For that event the inhabitants were forced to repair in nearby places, which in turn developed as autonomous centers and are today recognizable by the prefix Aci (Acitrezza, Acireale etc.).

To the visitor Aci castello looks like a small seaside resort, lying at the foot of an ancient Norman castle. The town is very close to Catania, only 9 km away, and it is easily reachable by bus, so if you stay in the capital do not miss the visit of the suggestive Aci Castello and you will spend a wonderful day here in the nature, on the lava beach or on the wooden piers that are assembled during the summer.

You can enjoy the sea, swim, sunbathe and dive, but also simply stroll through the streets of the town that lead to the sea. Suggestive is to get lost in the internal streets between eighteenth-century works in lava stone, old trees and narrow streets. Walking, looking up at the castle, one thinks of the important past of this place, of the Sicilian kings who made proclamations in the rooms of the castle, of the Aragonese who fought for it, at the time when the manor was a prison.

The sea is certainly the first attraction of Aci Castello, you think that this landscape consisting of the castle and the coast, dotted with lemons, agaves and palm trees, is one of the corners of Sicily most portrayed by artists and therefore most famous even abroad. For us Italians these areas are familiar for the setting that Giovanni Verga gave here to his famous Malavoglia, in particular in the nearby Acitrezza.