Palazzolo Acreide The city of
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The archaeological site of Akrai, city founded
by the Greeks of Siracusa in the 664 a.C.
Palazzolo Acreide (SR)
House-museum of Antonino Uccello Informative website about
the ethnoantropologist Antonino Uccello and
virtual visit of the House-museum of Palazzolo
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Late baroque towns of the Val di Noto (South
World Heritage List UNESCO
The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily:
Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania,
Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa and
Scicli. The towns of the Val di Noto represent
the culmination and final flowering of Baroque
art in Europe
Acreide (9204 inhabitants, 670 metres above sea level) stands on the
eastern side of Acremonte.
This place was
choosen by the Siculi to build their own village around the
12th century B.C., before the Syracusans discovered and
Tucidide's information, Akrai was the oldest subcolony founded by
the Corinthian settlers around 663-664 B.C., seventy years after the
foundation of Siracusa, in a strategic position on the top of
the Iblean mountains, between the upper valleys of Anapo and Tellaro
rivers to oversee a broad part of the Sicilian territory.
There are many
quotations by ancient historians and writers which refer to the
Akrai role in important events of the Sicilian history.
its apogee during the wise ruling of Hieron II (306-215 B.C.).
politically subject to its motherland Siracusa, in fact the only
Akrai,s bronze coin (called Akraion) dates back 241-212 B.C.,
when Sicily was under Roman rule.
indicated as "civitas stipendaria" by Plinius, meaning a town
enforced to pay a fixed tribute to Rome.
sources of Akrai have no records of the imperial period.
Byzantine age, Akrai was proclaimed "the most important Christian
centre of eastern Sicily after Siracusa" and this is witnessed
by the great number of catacomb found in its territory (S. Lucia
di Mendola, Bibinello).
destroyed by the Arab army of Ased Ibn Al forat around 827 A.C., and
every trace of the ancient town was lost for centuries.
built a new town lower down from Akrai on the eastern slope of the
This new city
was first mentioned in 1145 by the geographer Edrisi who called it
Balans¨l or Palatiolum when the Norman King William II, granted the
territory of Palatiolum to Stephen the Hermit. After that, Palazzolo
was often cited in papal bulls, feudal and barony documents.
Only by the end
of the '500, thanks to the studies of Tommaso Fazello, the ancient
site of Akrai was identified.
The Castle of
Palazzolo, built on a rock dominating the Anapo Valley, dates back
to the Norman period. There are only a few ruins of this superb
castle which was destroyed in the 1693 earthquake with most of the
town and which was the home of the Alagona barons and other lords.
The town was
rebuilt in the 18th century and the late original Baroque style of
architecture blends with 19th and early 20th century architecture.
HOW TO REACH
percorrendo la SS.114 "Mare Monti"
di Siracusa con le autolinee AST
Tel. centralino 0931-462711
Tel. informazioni 0931-464820
Aeroporto pi¨ vicino:
25 January - 29 June
20 January - 10 August
Our Lady of
The 3rd sunday in September
Michael the Arcangel:
The 1st sunday in October
- Procession of the Saint's simulacrum;
- concerts by various bands and musical entertainment;
- artistic illumination, fireworks and blazes of light;
- two tipical traditions including the "bare shoulder" and the "journey
barefoot". The male faithfuls carry on the naked shoulder the
simulacrum of the saint and female faithfuls follow it, completely
barefooted which represent the dissolution of a vow for a favour
granted by the saints.
Christmas time in the old town centre you can admire a circuite of
cribs and a live crib. In Popolo's Square snd Umberto I Square you
can find largest Christmas trees.
very lively in Palazzolo Acreide and is one of the oldest in Sicily.
As well as the parade of the allegorical cars and groups dressed up,
you may taste in various food festival's the tipical Palazzolo's
food products like the sausage, trout pastry, macaroni, cavatieddi
(a tipical local pasta) and cannoli.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL OF CLASSICAL THEATRE
during May, at the greek theatre many groups of highschool students
from all over Italy and the rest of Europe perform tragedies and
comedy by classical authors.
summer Palazzolo Acreide offers a series of cultural events like
music, concerts, shows and exhibitions like the classical theatre,
the dialect theatre and other events in the centre of the city.
in the prestigious World Heritage List UNESCO
Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto": Caltagirone, Militello
Val of Catania, Catania, Modica, Famous, Palazzolo Acreide,
Ragusa Ibla, Scicli.
archaeological zone between most ancient in the Italian
panorama, with a beautiful greek theatre, roman-hellenistic
One of the most famous and appreciated attractions of
Palazzolo Acreide is certainly "House-museum of Antonino
the years of passionate and hard work, the Sicilian
ethnologist, has collected and put in order interesting
testimonies and precious materials about the life and folk
site hosts 12 large reliefs called "Santoni". It is the
greatest sanctuary to date uncovered, dedicated to the cult
of the oriental goddess of fertility Cibeles.
ruins of the Norman castle and the surrounding medieval
urban planning structure.
historical center of great architectonic value, strongly
characterized from a Baroque architecture, fruit of the
reconstruction post-earthquake of 1693 and, subsequently,
from the season of the Art Noveau.
religious manifestations like the festivity of S. Paul and
S. Sebastiano, known in all the Sicily.
Youth Festival of Classical Theatre.
Every year, during May, at greek theatre many groups of
highschools students from all over Italy and the rest of
Europe perform tragedies and comedy by classical authors.
several exhibitions proposed by the House-museum "Antonino
Uccello", the agricultural and food- Review of the products
and typical food... and more...
is very lively in Palazzolo Acreide and is one of the oldest
in Sicily. As well as the parade of the allegorical cars and
groups dressed up, you may taste in various food festivals
the typical Palazzolo's food products like the sausage,
trout pastry, macaroni, cavatieddi (a typical local pasta)
extremely varied landscape, with the Natural Reserve
of Cava Grande and the Natural Reserve of the
presence, in the beam of little kilometers, archaeological
and historical important archaeological zone like Kasmenai,
Ancient Avola, Castelluccio, Pantalica, the several
bizantine churches, etc.
St. Lucia watermill, is one of the four water-mills started
by the torrent Purbella. It dates back to the XVI century.
It is perfectly kept, plunged in an uncontaminated valley,
shaded by oak-trees and walnut-trees.Inside the building is
the Museum of the Millstone where permanent displays and
millstones of different shapes illustrate the development of
the cereals grindind technique, from pre-history up to