Province of Catania

The history of Acireale has its roots in a very distant past and is considered as a gem of the Sicilian Baroque. 

Full of myth and history, Acireale rises on a layer of volcanic rock that lays between the intense blue of the Mediterranean Sea and the deep red lava of Mount Etna. The history of Acireale has its roots in a very distant past. The town was destroyed many times by earthquakes, eruptions and fires until it became the official royal residence of King Philip IV of Spain, who left his unmistakable baroque trace in the town’s architecture. Among the main monuments of this fascinating small town, there is the Basilica of Saint Sebastian, the most significant example of the local baroque style, which became the symbol of the town. The façade of the Basilica was built using the typical white stone of Siracusa. The church contains many incredible works of art such as ancient statues, carved decorations, masks and angels. The town’s Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Venera, Acireale’s patron saint, keeps the Saint’s relics in a magnificent chapel. The church has a Latin cross plan and it has three naves. It is characterized by two bell towers built in 1544 in the Norman-Gothic style, that in the past were also used as watchtowers.

The village also offers other two interesting cultural attractions: the Pupi Museum and the Thermal Baths.

People live here:



the Carnival is considered for the most beautiful carnival in Sicily.

Festa di San Sebastiano (20/01), holy festivity

Sulphurous waters

How to get there:

By Car:

From Palermo

Get on A 19 Palermo-Catania, then take A18 Messina- Catania, exit Acireale.

From Catania

Get on A18 to Messina, exit Acireale.

From Messina

Get on A18 or SS114 to Catania, exit Acireale.


Santa Caterina Hotel   4* 

Ibis Styles Catania Acireale  4* 

Hotel Santa Tecla Palace   4*

Grande Albergo Maugeri   4* 

Park Hotel Capomulini  4* 

 I Cento Campanili  apartments 

Hotel Orizzonte  4*

La Casa di Ro apartment

Indirizzo: Via Rote, 40

Telefono: +39 349 340 4437

Aci Center-Inn  3*

Casaci  Apartment

Via felice paradiso, 56

Tenuta Santa Tecla  B&B, Agriturismo & SPA  4* 

La Via del Mare Apartment

Indirizzo: Via Romeo 79

San Biagio Resort   4* 

Aloha D’Oro   4*

San Sebastiano Holidays  B&B  3* 

B&B Al San Biagio   3*

Country House Il Sole e Il Sale Agriturismo  3* 

Adriana Apartments


Trattoria Vico Proiette 

Trattoria U Pittusu 

Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 175, Acireale CT

Mobile: +39 388 691 1548

Etimue Birreria Hamburgeria Pub 

Pizzeria Damm

Via Salvatore Vigo, 88, 95024 Acireale CT

Ph. +39 095 605260

Pizzeria Vecchia Stazione

Viale Libertà 24

Ph. +39 095 763 2115

Casa del Grecale 

Pizzeria La Cuccagna

Via Loreto Balatelle, 113, 95024 Acireale CT

Ph. +39 095 765 6003

Ristorante I Cavaddari

The Mescan

Hamburger · Paninoteca · Bar/pub

Piazza Santa Maria del Suffragio, Acireale CT

Ph. +39 095 286 1040

Ristorante Verde&Blu 

Times Food

Piazza Duomo

Mobile: +39 3931875177

Excalibur Pub

Viale Alcide de Gasperi, 85, 95024 Acireale CT

Mobile: +39 328 332 4069

Ristorante Al Borgo Marino

Via Garitta 18 | Lungomare Di Capomulini

Ph. +39 095877433

Ristorante L’Oste Scuro

Piazza Lionardo Vigo, 5, 95024 Acireale CT

Ph. +39 095 763 4001

Pizzeria Le Quattro Stagioni

Via Marchese Sangiuliano, 53, 95024 Acireale CT

Ph. +39 095 763 4196

Pizzeria La Casa dei Mulini 

Trattoria La Stiva 


Santa Tecla

Mulino beach

Stazzo and Pozzillo


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