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Carnival in Acireale

Carnevale

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 …
Seafood in Aci Trezza

L'Osteria dei Marinari

While the service can sometimes be patchy, the food here satisfies. This is where locals come for fresh fish and seafood, tucking into tried-and-tested staples like refreshing insalata di polpo (octopus salad), squi…
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…
Cafe in Aci Trezza

Café de Mar

Directly opposite the iconic Faraglioni, with white sofas and armchairs scattered across a palm-shaded garden, this bar-lounge-restaurant hybrid is a fine spot to kick back with a spritz and indulge in a little peop…
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…