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Carnival in Acireale


The best time to visit Acireale is during February's Carnevale, when the town puts on one of the best spectacles in Sicily. The stars of the show are the elaborately decorated floats, some bedecked in Technicolor fl…
Trattoria in Acireale

Trattoria La Grotta

Book ahead for a memorable, finger-licking experience at La Grotta, the best of Santa Maria la Scala's restaurants. As you enter you'll pass the fish counter, where your order is picked out and weighed before going …
Church in Acireale

Basilica di San Sebastiano

The Basilica di San Sebastiano is one of Acireale's finest baroque buildings. Guarded by statues of Old Testament characters, the basilica lifts the spirit with its luminous facade, whimsically lined with putti (che…
Theatre in Acireale

Teatro-Museo dell'Opera dei Pupi

Acireale has a long tradition of puppet theatre and you can learn all about it at Teatro-Museo dell'Opera dei Pupi. Guided tours of the museum are in Italian, although English-language information is available on re…
Village in Acireale

Santa Maria la Scala

There are two reasons to make the 2km downhill walk to this minute fishing village. One is the walk itself, which, once you've crossed the main road, is a lovely country stroll with gorgeous coastal views. The other…
Trattoria in Acireale

La Taverna

A straight-up trattoria serving old-school Sicilian grub. Given its location in the middle of the fish market, it's at its best at lunch when hungry locals pop in for grilled catch of the day or calamari arrosto (ro…
Seafood in Acireale

L'Oste Scuro

With the shouts of the nearby fish market ringing in the air and views to the Basilica di San Sebastiano, this is a setting for a filling fish meal. Tuck into the seafood classic pasta con gamberi, zucchini e zaffer…
Church in Acireale

Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo

Next to the cathedral, the Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo sports a wonderfully light, 18th-century facade. To the right of it, the Palazzo Municipale impresses with its wrought-iron balconies and imposing central…
Cathedral in Acireale


Flanking the western side of Piazza Duomo is Acireale's barrel-vaulted cathedral. Built in the early 1600s, it's topped by towering, conical-capped towers. Inside, the echoing vaults and chapels are richly frescoed.