Welcome to Acireale
The main town on the Riviera, Acireale is set on a series of lava terraces that drop to the sea about 17km north of Catania. Although it's not exactly undiscovered, it remains largely tourist free, a mystery given its stately baroque centre and imposing public buildings. Taking this easy 2km downhill is Santa Maria la Scala, a tiny fishing village seemingly made for perfect seafood lunches.
And while Acireale has long been known for its thermal waters, its modern claim to fame is its spectacular Carnevale festivities, bursting into life each February.