Just a 10 km north of Catania, you can escape the trash and smell and get the opportunity to breathe. The place is called Aci Trezza. Located on the coast of the Ionian Sea, the village has a long history of maritime activity.

Aci Trezza is a popular spot for Italian vacationers in the summer. The patron Saint of the town is St. John the Baptist.

I adore this place as it is calm and offers a cool breeze and nice gastronomy with a view of the sea. Unlike in Catania, here you have lungomare and can enjoy the sea up close.

The Ciclopi Islands, located in front of the coast of Acitrezza, are a small archipelago of Sicily, in Italy. They were formed as a result of intense volcanic activity about half a million years ago.

Off the coast of Aci Trezza are three tall, prominent sea stacks. According to local legend, these were the great stones thrown at Odysseus in the epic poem The Odyssey by the monster Cyclops. The islands are thus referred to as the “isole dei ciclopi” (islands of the Cyclops, or Cyclopean Isles) by locals. This complements the notion that the Cyclops once had a smithy below Mount Etna, which looms over the village to the northwest.

Appaet form that, another cultural reference is here to be understood: The Malavoglia (the medlar tree) – the novel by Giovanni Verga, 19th century.

Before anything, there is a church of St John the Baptist. I haven’t get inside yet, but I do promise I will mark if for the next time, I like to come to this place from time to time and explore.

The food to eat here is seafood, obviously. As this is a fishing village. You can’t go wrong with linguine con gli scampi. 🙂

It is this place that I have tried for the first time the Sicilian spumanti. Sparkling wine from Sicily. The taste is milder that prosecco or Venetian frizzante. The grapes come from the Salemi estate at an altitude of about 140 meters above sea level. The soil, rich in organic substance, has a loamy-clayey structure.

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