Positioned between the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, Acireale is a historic city in Sicily blessed with numerous centuries-old churches, two sprawling public parks and a nature reserve overlooking the ocean. Acireale is also home to a range of international and Italian dining options and bustling shopping streets.
Things to do in Acireale
History lovers will enjoy visiting Acireale Cathedral, which dates back to 1889 and features beautifully contrasting Baroque and Neo-Gothic architecture. You can also admire historic architecture and religious relics at the Basilica di San Sebastiano before visiting Musmeci Palace to get up close with important religious paintings.
Do you enjoy immersing yourself in nature? Visit the nearby Oriented Nature Reserve La Timpa, which boasts unique volcanic terrain, sweeping coastal vistas and a 17th-century pathway to a fishing village. You can also catch a cruise around the Cyclopean Isles to admire the rare basaltic columns and enjoy the picturesque Ionian Sea. Opt for a glass-bottom boat tour for a unique view of marine life beneath the surface.
The centre of Acireale is a dining hub home to Italian restaurants, pubs and bakeries. Duck into Ardita Francesco for freshly-baked goods or sip on delicious Italian wine at Bar Eldorado Di Mangiagli Gianluca. You can pick up authentic Italian pizza at Times Food or enjoy the Irish atmosphere at The Mescan Original Irish Pub.
The town centre is also the perfect spot for some retail therapy. Browse unique accessories at Spadaro Giovanni or health and beauty products at Farmacia Petitto Dr. Domenico. You can also pick up leather goods from Cantieri Calzature & Pelletteria or jewellery from Mangiagli Angelo.
Getting around Acireale
Acireale is best reached by flying into Catania Fontanarossa Airport, which is about 40 minutes’ drive away and has international and domestic flights. You can easily walk around the centre of Acireale or use taxis or a hire car or scooter to cover longer distances.