Updated: Apr 20
Set in the splendid scenery of the Iblei mountains, the picturesque village of Palazzolo Acreide shows itself as a treasure chest to be discovered that is characterized by the singularity of its urban structure, full of testimonies from different eras. The Ancient City lies on the hill above the modern town, the approach to it being defended by quarries, in which tombs of ancient periods have been discovered. The auditorium of a small theatre is well-preserved, though nothing of the stage remains. Nearby are the ruins of other buildings, which bear, without justification, the names Naumachia, Odeum (perhaps a bath establishment) and Palace of Hiero. The town was largely destroyed by the earthquake of 1693, and most of the buildings date from the 18th century. Inserted in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Palazzolo is an ideal destination for trips out of town or for those who want to visit a place suspended in time, away from mass tourism. Palazzolo is also known to be festive as many baroque festivals are celebrated each year: the San Paolo at the end of June and those of San Sebastiano and San Michele in August and late September. Your trip to Palazzolo will surely be rooted in ancient history and a great time!