The Rock of Cyclops in Aci Trezza is a fascinating place rich in legends and myths.
Catania provides several mythical stories thanks to its incredible history and its different colonization. The Rocks of the Cyclops, located in front of Aci Trezza, is considered one of the most important place where discover these incredible legends. According to legend this was the land where lived a Cyclops, the son of the sea god Poseidon called Polyphemus, one of the popular characters from Homer’s novel, Odyssey.
It is possible to reach the rocks by boat from the port of the village and the location offers lots of things to do such as snorkelling, underwater fishing and diving.
According to the legend Polyphemus also killed a young shepherd named Aci. After his death, the nymph Galatea, who was in love with the shepherd, asked to the Gods to transform the body of his partner into a river which began to flow into the bay where today you can find the Rocks of Cyclops. Thanks to this legend many of the villages located near the coastline (Aci Castello, Aci Trezza, Acireale, etc) acquired the named of Aci to honour this ancient and romantic legend.
How to get there:
Get on SS114. Follow SS114 to Via Maganuco in Aci Castello and exit to Aci Trezza.