Palazzolo Acreide

It is a beautiful and historic town that gives off the impression that the stones were forged by wind and other bizarre deity creators. In an area called The Santoni, is a rocky structure dedicated to the worship and veneration of the goddess Cibele, an eastern Phrygian deity associated with the Great Mother.

The city’s topmost area is the Akrai archaeological site, which was founded in 664 BC by people from Siracuse; there are also small Greek theaters that host classical performances and other remains of churches, tombs, quarries, and decumanus.

Teatro greco nell’antica Akrai – Palazzolo Acreide – ph. Paolo Barone

You will be amazed by the immense church San Sebastiano built after the 1693 earthquake. The impressive staircase adds charm and grandeur to the fa├žade which was constructed in three orders. The festival features the traditional bread bagels, the Cuddur. The Town Hall was built in Liberty and Neoclassical styles at the beginning of 20th century.

Many movies have featured Palazzolo. Carmine Gallone, who was inspired by the town in 1953, sought to portray scenes from Cavalleria Rusticana. In 1975, Luigi Zampa played Gente Di Rispetto. Franco Zeffirelli played Cavalleria Rusticana. Antonio Albanese played the opening scene in La fame e la Sete. Finally, Picone and Ficarra played the comical Nati Stanchi.

, which is where we can see the old wealth, is known for being festive. Many baroque festivals are celebrated, including the San Paolo at June, and the San Sebastiano, and San Michele, in August, and late Sept. Recently, there has been another celebration: the Carnival, which is one the most popular in this area of Sicily and is always in competition to the more well-known in Acireale.


Particolare Chiesa dell’Annunziata Palazzzolo Acreide – ph. Paolo Barone

The baroque palaces along Corso Vittorio Emuele remind us that Palazzolo was home to many noble families. The Palazzo Pizzo, an archaeologist’s palace from the 18th century, and Palazzo Pizzo, a seventeenth-century Palazzo Pizzo are just a few of the many notable structures that remind us of the noble families who once lived in Palazzolo. The Mother Church of San Nicola, and San Paolo are two of the lesser-known wonders in the lower city. They have a distinctive tower facade and a porch that was built in three orders.

The town organizes U Giru Ro Pani (the tour of bread) on June 29, . This is in celebration of the feast of Saint, which includes a cart that collects the bread offerings.

The tour of “living” cities should be completed with a visit to the stunning facade of the Church Annunziata. It is decorated with marzipan fruit sculptures and has twin spiral columns. The Church Annunziata was commissioned to preserve the Annunciation of Antonello da Messina at the Museum Bellomo in Syracuse.


Palazzolo Acreide – Festa di Sal Paolo “o giru ro pani” – ph. paolo Barone

Let’s now talk about the pastries shops that make our mouths “happy” with centuries-old traditions. They sell almond and walnut sweets made from Palazzolo’s valleys. These sweets are accompanied by honey ibleo, pistachios and pralines with walnut, coffee liqueur, and orange lunettes.

The Ragusano DOP is a stretch curd cheese made with cow’s milk. It is a typical Palazzolo product. The crispelle is a special Christmas cake made with durum wheat flour and baking powder, and seasoned with honey, cinnamon, and sugar.

Let’s take one last look at Palazzolo. We are still amazed by Palazzolo’s baroque wealth, the ” insaredde“, and the colored strips that were “shot” for holidays. Let’s also look at Palazzolo’s plate that is reminiscent of the journalist Giuseppe Fava as well as the remnants of the Norman castle tower that once stood in Anapo Valley.



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