Palazzolo Acreide

Palazzolo Acreide, located in the heart of southern Sicily, was founded by Greeks in 664 BC with the name Akrai.

In the arecheological area of the ancient city lie a small amphitheatre and the remains of a 6th century BC temple dedicated to Aphrodite, as well as a series of stone figures dedicated to the goddess Sibyl. The old city was probably destroyed by the Arabs, in the first half of the 9th century;  as a result, every trace of the ancient town was lost for centuries.

The new town was built around a Norman castle, no longer extant. An earthquake in 1693 destroyed almost all of the city. Notwithstanding the big damages, the reconstruction that slowly took place during  the following centuries lent to the city -now named Palazzolo Acreide- a more charming aspect, so that in 2002 it has been listed in UNESCO World Heritage.

Strolling around along Palazzolo roads, you will admire the late original Baroque style of architecture blending with 19th and early 20th century architecture.

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