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Via Ruggero Settimo

Via Ruggero Settimo


Acireale ( Aciriali in Sicilian; often shortened to Aci ) is a seaport city in the north-east of the province of Catania, Sicily (Italy), at the foot of Mount Etna, with mineral waters.

It is famous for its neogothic cathedral, SAint Peter's Basilica, and its paintings, such as The Basilica di San Sebastiano whose shapes summarize the entire baroque movement in Sicily. The oldest academy in Sicily, the "Accademia dei Dafnici e degli Zelanti" is located here.

From a historical perspective, the church of San Biagio in Acireale is of interest for it holds some of the relics of the Venerable Gabriele Allegra who entered the Franciscan seminary there in 1918.

The city is built on a plateau on a terrace of origin lava, called the Timpa that, with its 150 meters of height, is almost sheer to the Ionian Sea. The coast is characterized from the cliff of origin lava rock.


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