Palazzolo Acreide: the Baroque city, World Heritage Site
Palazzolo Acreide is a wonderful village which is located halfway between the cities of Ragusa and Siracusa and represents one of the most beautiful places in Sicily and our peninsula. Throughout its history, the town has been dominated by several populations. However, the eras that marked its cultural traditions and artistic beauties are undoubtedly the Greek, Roman and Byzantine ones.
Palazzolo Acreide: the thousand faces of one of the most beautiful villages in Italy
For its beauty, its history and the style of its architecture, the village has been included among the World Heritage sites. So, we are certainly talking about a place to visit at least once in a lifetime.
Among the things to see in Palazzolo Acreide, in the nearby Anapo valley, we mention first of all Pantalica, the largest necropolis in the Mediterranean, with 5,000 tombs.
In Palazzolo Acreide, as in the other cities of the Val di Noto, the main architecture is in Baroque style. Just think of Palazzo Pizzi, Palazzo Puglisi Martellaro and Zucca, monuments that lay all in Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
Or the Church of San Sebastiano, with its imposing staircase, in fact, in classic Baroque style. Curiosity of this church is the statue of the saint kept inside. The name of the artist who carved it is still unknown. Also in honor of San Sebastiano, a festival is celebrated in August, characterized by a succession of folkloristic and beautifu fireworks.
Among the things to do in Palazzolo Acreide, not only summer activities. As in almost all other neighboring cities, this village also offers attractions throughout the year. For example, in October, you can participate in the famous Agrimontana festival, an interesting gourmet event upon the flavors and smells typical of the traditional cuisine of Palazzolo Acreide. The maximum expression of this tradition are the cold cuts and wines characteristic of the region, but also the liqueurs known all over the world, such as limoncello, hazelnut and cannellino.
Do not miss the cucciuddateddi: typical sweets that can be found all year round whose recipe includes a mixture of lard, flour and sugar and a filling with dried figs, almonds, raisins, cocoa and pine nuts. A real pleasure from the first to the last bite!
To reach Palazzolo Acreide, the easiest option is to go to Ragusa. From Catania and Syracuse, in fact, just follow the signs for the city and, from there, continue to the town. It is also possible to travel by bus, thanks to the connections offered by the main closeby cities.
For those who want to arrange their holidays in Palazzolo Acreide, it is possible to stay in one of the accommodations proposed by the website Sicilia Case Vacanze.