Acitrezza

Acitrezza

Acitrezza

Aci Trezza is a small fraction of the municipality of Aci Castello, in the province of Catania, on the Ionian Sea. This small fraction owes its fame to its beauty, rich in breathtaking landscapes.

The hypotheses on the origin of the name Aci Trezza are different. A first hypothesis links the name to "tri pizzi" that is three points referring to the three major rocks of the island of the Cyclops; another hypostese refers to "acis lateritiae", an Aci brick factory; yet another traces the origins of this name to "Latruzza" which was a very clever woman who owned the posada still existing in Aci Trezza. It is said that this posada already existed before the foundation of the village and that here Latruzza hosted several travelers and while they slept they robbed them. But there are still other hypotheses that see the name Aci Trezza derive from "Trizera di Aci" or a shortcut for Acireale and "the Treccia" in reference to the arrangement of the rocks that would form a braid for the note.

What attracts most of all in Aci Trezza is the island of the Cyclops, eight wonderful rocks that surround themselves with the charm of an ancient legend. It is said that these rocks were stones thrown by the Cyclops Polyphemus infuriated against Ulysses. These stacks appear on the coats of arms of the municipalities of Aci Castello, Acireale, Aci Bonaccorsi and Aci catena.

Not far from the coast is the island of Lachea which has been identified as the island of the Goats of which Omero spoke in the Odyssey. But there is not only the distant literature that has found life in these enchanting places. Even Verga for "I Malavoglia" chose this place to set the story of the Sicilian family and Visconti for "La Terra Trema". Near the Church of the Patron has been identified the "Casa del nespolo", the famous house of master "Ntoni where today a small museum has been set up containing objects from the maritime tradition and a photographic section dedicated to Luchino Visconti.